Friday, November 23, 2012

Peppermint Overload Brownies


I know I had a head start on Christmas baking, but now the season can officially start! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving (or Thursday if you're not from the US!) and didn't eat too much.

Did any of you actually head out shopping last night? I'm still not sure how I feel about the stores opening on Thanksgiving day...I feel bad for the people that have to work, but for the shoppers, it's probably better to shop at 10 at night than 3 in the morning. At least in my opinion. I've never been a huge Black Friday shopper, but I usually go at about 10 am after everything settles down. I'm never in the market for the doorbusters anyway. Although this year I could use a new SD card for my camera. The one I'm using now currently has an 89-picture capacity. I know. Harsh.

Today is actually my 27th birthday. Wow. That blows me away. I'm really creeping up on 30 now. Until I decide what my birthday cake is going to be, I'll be eating these. Officially, these are for my cousin Mari's birthday. I lived in her house with her and her hubby my last year of undergrad and she remembers my brownies. These are not exactly the ones she remembers, but I hope they're acceptable! Happy belated, Mari...

I always scoff at those recipes that use an 8x8 pan and supposedly yield 16 brownies. Not at my house! But these are pretty decadent and can actually be that small. Can be, but don't have to be! Use your best judgment. Or lack of judgment...!



Peppermint Overload Brownies
Makes about 16 small brownies
Based on Dorie's recipe

Brownie
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 5 pieces
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Pinch of sea salt
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
25 peppermint patties

Peppermint Ganache
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped or bittersweet chips
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
5 peppermint patties, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Liberally butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Place a small pot with about 2 inches of water in the bottom over medium heat until water simmers. In a large heat-proof bowl, place 5 tablespoons butter and bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate and place over simmering water. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

Stir in sugar. The mixture will be quite grainy, which is fine. Add eggs one at a time, stirring between each addition. Finally, stir in peppermint extract and salt. Using a very light hand, stir in the flour until just combined.

Pour about half of the batter into the baking pan. Smooth the surface with a spatula and cover the surface with about 25 peppermint patties in a single layer. Cover with the remaining batter and smooth to cover.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until top no longer is shiny and a knife inserted in the center doesn't come out with large amounts of batter on it.

Cool to room temperature in the pan.

For the ganache, place chocolate and chopped peppermint patties in a medium heat-proof bowl. Heat heavy whipping cream and butter in a small pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until it steams. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow to sit for 2 minutes. Now, whisk until mixture becomes smooth, dark, and uniform in color. Some small pieces of peppermint may remain. Don't worry about those. Whisk in the peppermint extract.

Pour over brownies while still runny. If you do this while brownies are still in the pan and then refrigerate, the ganache will firm up a bit.

Cut into about 16 small brownies.

These are best served at room temperature.

 

Pinit

I am sharing this recipe at the Sundae Scoop Link Party and Sweet 2 Eat Baking.

18 comments :

  1. OMG, wow!!! Looks amazing!! and I love Dorie! :)

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    1. I agree, Alice! She knows what she's doing...

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  2. I'm glad you got started early. I made some Chocolate Peppermint Cookies on Thanksgiving morning already!! These look amazing.

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    1. Once Thanksgiving is done, I'm so ready for the Christmas stuff! Thanks Recipe Girl!

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  3. Happy late Birthday, I hope you had a fun one.
    brownies look delish! yumm, yum, and lets just say I ate lots of food over thanksgiving, and also we did our turkey gtrout on thanksgiving, it was fun, brrr...also we went smimming...i know crazy! lets just say were all lucky we didnt get frist bitten!! haha
    love annaliise, im getting so excited for christmas, cant wait to see you all. Dad also showed me pictures of riina on facebook, shes looking so big!! miss you!!

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    1. I can't believe you swam! You are way too hard core! Can't wait to see you too...

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  4. Wow! These look heavenly, and as for my thoughts on Black Friday creaping into Thanksgiving; I hate it because my hubby is in retail management, so he has to work from 10 pm until 4 pm that day, so we can't travel out of town to celebrate with his family, but enough of that and back to those yummy brownies. I hope you'll share this post on our Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap at http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com/2012/11/holiday-cookie-recipe-swap-week-1.html.

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    1. I always feel bad for those that have to work those horrible hours! Especially people with families that miss out on so much...Thanks for the heads up on the recipe swap!

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    1. They were Debi! Thanks for coming by!

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  6. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about Christmas! It would be great if you linked in any Xmas favourites you have. This is the link . Have a good week.

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    1. Thanks for the invite Carole! I don't have many Christmas recipes posted yet, but I shared these brownies there b/c they pretty much scream Christmas to me.

      Have a great weekend!

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  7. Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Christmas. We are now getting a great collection of Christmas ideas.

    I am now signed up to follow you on Google Reader. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

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  8. Mm, can almost smell the chocolate, looks delicious /Emma

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    1. Yup! No shortage of chocolate here, that's for sure!

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  9. Loretta these look incredible! Love the pictures and love your blog!

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