Do you like chocolate-covered strawberries? Then you’ll love these Chocolate Brownies with Strawberry Buttercream!
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We adopted two puppies last April, and the last 10 months have been a bit insane in our house. 2 hyper chihuhua mutts and a 5-year-old are enough to keep anyone on their toes. However, life is calming down a bit lately. We have finally trained Edith and Millie…although thanks to that study, I now suspect that they have trained us. Either way, life is good. Oh, and another reason life is good? These Chocolate Brownies with Strawberry Buttercream.
Chocolate Brownies with Strawberry Buttercream
I love a good fudgy, chewy brownie. But you know what I love even more? The crust of those aforementioned fudgy, chewy brownies. I noted my love for brownie edges in a previous post, and Shashi from Savory Spin promptly sent me a brownie pan that only makes crust pieces. Delish! The only problem with the brownie edge pan is I eat the entire batch WAY too quickly. (If you like brownie edges as much as me, then you need this pan – aff. link.)
I baked this batch of brownies in a traditional 9″x13″ cake pan. (If you like thicker brownies, you can certainly go with an 8″x8″ pan, but the brownies will have to bake longer.) And while those brownies are delicious in their own right, I decided to step up the game a notch and top ’em with strawberry frosting. That’s right. A chewy chocolate brownie covered with a luscious strawberry buttercream. (Can buttercream frosting be called ‘luscious’?)
This strawberry buttercream doesn’t use extract to get it’s delicious flavor. Nope, it uses real strawberries. And the process is quite simple – even if it does take a bit of time. All you do is puree up some fresh strawberries until they’re liquid. Then you just transfer that liquid into a saucepan and let it simmer until it’s reduces down. From there, add it to the buttercream, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous (and delicious) strawberry buttercream. I might have eaten a spoonful of this frosting by itself – you know, for quality control purposes and all.
If you’re looking for a tasty (and fun) dessert, then these Chocolate Brownies with Strawberry Buttercream are an excellent option. Just don’t be surprised when they disappear way too quickly! Happy baking!
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Chocolate Brownies with Strawberry Buttercream
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour a 9”x13” baking pan. Line bottom with oversized parchment paper so that the paper comes up at least 2” on all sides of the pan. (This will help you remove the brownies from the pan later.) Set pan aside.
- Using a medium saucepan, add the butter, chocolate and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Place over medium-low heat, stirring often, until butter and chocolate have fully melted; set pan aside to cool.
- Using a large bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir the egg mixture into the warm chocolate mixture.
- Using a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture.
- Stir the remaining ¾ cup of chocolate chips into the batter.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out mostly clean.
- Let brownies cool completely before frosting.
For the Strawberry Buttercream
- Using a food processor or mini-chopper, add the strawberries and puree until smooth.
- Transfer strawberry mixture into a small saucepan and place over medium heat.
- Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring often. Continue simmering, stirring often, until mixture reduces to ¼ cup. (Note: To test volume, just pour the mixture into a measuring cup. Reducing the strawberry puree will take ~15 minutes or so.) Set strawberry puree aside to cool completely.
- Using a countertop mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium speed).
- Add 2½ cups of powdered sugar; beat until smooth.
- Add cooled strawberry puree and vanilla extract; beat until smooth.
- Add remaining powdered sugar in ¼ cup increments (beating after each addition) until frosting reaches desired consistency.
- Remove brownies from pan and place on a large plate or cutting board. Slice into 12 squares and then frost the top of each brownie with strawberry buttercream.
- Garnish with brownie with a halved strawberry before serving.
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