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Saturday, July 19th, 2008

I remade the "Fireworks Cupcakes" today sans colored sugar with a more significant cap of chocolate ganache (mainly because I have more cream this time). Messy to handle (and I did learn I need to make SURE and spray the non-stick silicone pans for brownies if not for PB Chocolate Cookie Cups) but hopefully more chocolate-y for my librarians. I'm not as talented as Betsy with the food photography but hopefully you enjoy the view. :)


12 Comments
_DELETED_cdcgull
You do an EXCELLENT job with food photography!!
The only problem I would like to report is that when I see the food it makes me want to jump through the monitor to have a sample....and I haven't figured out how to do that yet!!
Any suggestions?? LOL
cdcgull   Saturday, July 19, 2008
_DELETED_jnjnj05
Yummy!!!!
Jenn   Saturday, July 19, 2008
lgrant
Gull, ask D&D, I'm sure they will work it into Humzoo if humanly possible.
LGrant   Saturday, July 19, 2008
_DELETED_cdcgull
Great idea! I'll mention this to them! They would truly be my heroes if they can make that happen!!
cdcgull   Saturday, July 19, 2008
mrsshoo
I just gained ten pounds looking at those...and I'm going to gain another ten pounds eating chocolate in the hopes that it could taste as good as these look. Did you post the recipe for these somewhere?
Sarah S.   Saturday, July 19, 2008
lgrant
I made it up, Mrs. Shoo.

A box of Betty Crocker Triple Chunk Brownie Mix, a bag of York Peppermint Baking Bits and 2-24 ct. silicone mini-muffin pans (did I mention spray them first?). Mix the brownie mix as directed on the box, stir in the baking bits. Bake approx. 30 mins. in a 300 degree oven (tiny things bake fast--I put the oven very low to bake low and slow to avoid overbaking). I bake until the top is dry and cracking slightly. Cool completely in the pan before removing.

I like the crackle tops so I flip them to coat them with the chocolate ganache. I boil 1/2 cup of heavy cream in the microwave in a glass bowl and then add a handful of chopped dark chocolate (sorry, I didn't measure but you can find chocolate ganache recipes anywhere on the web). Allow the ganache to cool until slightly thickened and then dunk the brownie bite to coat (or you can frost with a knife), Put on a rack to dry (ganache side up, naturally).

You could add anything if you don't have or like York bits. Toffee bits, PB chips, some of the fancier baking bits like macadamia nuts and white chocolate bits, etc. Your imagination and preference in flavors are the limit to what works.

Decorate with coarse decorator sugar if desired (or for a theme) before the ganache cools and dries or leave plain (if you can call all that chocolate plain!) like above.

I just thought of a great bite--add cooled leftover coffee to the brownie mix instead of water as indicated in the directions, add some instant espresso powder to the cream before boiling (or a touch of cooled coffee) and frost or dip as indicated above and put a chocolate covered espresso bean on the top to decorate. If you like chocolate and coffee like Nancy. :)
LGrant   Saturday, July 19, 2008
nheinzel
It's funny. I don't drink coffee ever (don't understand how so many people can drink that stuff!) but I love to add coffee to chocolate...think it enhances the already fabulous flavor of chocolate.
!   Saturday, July 19, 2008
lgrant
I love coffee but only when I want it. I agree that coffee deepens the flavor of chocolate. Added in a larger quality and it would be a nice chocolate-coffee treat. :)
LGrant   Saturday, July 19, 2008
mrsshoo
Oh. Yummy!! I'm stealing that recipe!!
Sarah S.   Saturday, July 19, 2008
lgrant
Just don't win a Pillsbury $1,000,000 Bake-Off with it or at least send me a year's supply of brownie mix if you do. :)

The libary staff was surprised and excited about the treats. Hopefully they are enjoying them. The circulation volunteer took the box back and came back with my books on hold and asked me if I heard the whoops of joy and "thank you"! :)
LGrant   Saturday, July 19, 2008
_DELETED_lindagsings
I am so glad you are willing to share your recipes. Now I have new fresh treats to be taking to work for special occasions. And maybe not always special occasions.

mmm... I can just imagine them yummy in my tummy :)
SA Tenor   Saturday, July 19, 2008
lgrant
These were a huge hit on the 4th--everyone kept raving about them. Just be careful if they are on a slick surface--the crackle top on the bottom makes them slip and slide like hockey pucks on the ice. :)
LGrant   Saturday, July 19, 2008
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