Valentine’s day is coming up and I know for many people that means and excuse to ditch the diet and indulge in some sweet goodness. Now I personally will be spending the day with my coursework but for some people this is a lovely day to relax and spend with a loved one. Either way, I am up for any excuse to have a brownie! I won’t keep you waiting any longer, on to the delicious chocolate!
Chocolate Brownie Recipe
1/2 c butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 c sugar
1/2 c flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then melt butter and chocolate. I chose to do this in a pot on the stove but it can easily be done in a bowl in the microwave or a double boiler if you prefer. Stir in eggs, flour, baking powder and vanilla. Add your eggs and beat well.
I had these nifty little silicone pans that I picked up for $1 each so I decided to save myself the trouble of trying to cut evenly and just use these. You can pour the mixture into a tin-lined traditional 13×9 pan and then cut it into pieces for your layers afterwards. If you are using silicone pans make sure to place them on a baking sheet so they don’t go wobbling into the oven and cause a mess! Bake these for about 30 minutes, slightly less if you are using a traditional pan. While these are in the oven you can get started on your frosting.
8oz. cream cheese
1 lb. powdered sugar
3 Tbls. half and half
Beat powdered sugar and softened cream cheese. Add half and half one tablespoon at a time. This stays good for a while so you can stash it in the fridge until just before it’s needed to keep your brownie cake from falling apart.
Chocolate Sauce Recipe
2oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/3 c water
1/2 c sugar
2 tbls. butter
Melt the chocolate in the water. Add sugar and butter and mix. You can get creative with your toppings. I chose to make a little homemade chocolate sauce but you can choose something specific to your taste, say caramel if you prefer, or top it with fresh fruit.
Assemble your treat!
Layer your brownies and frosting then add the toppings of your choice! This dessert is definitely best enjoyed warm. I would even advocate grabbing some forks and diving straight into the warm chocolate-y goodness.!
Make sure to let me know if you try this recipe out, or any other treats you have planned for Valentine’s day! I hope you have a lovely day!