Sunday, February 13, 2011

Strawberry Peppermint Brownies ~ Sharing Some Sisterly Love, Happy Valentine's Day

Love… love… love….. it’s in the air…. Can something express more love than chocolates and strawberries…. A love fresher than mint…. So let’s put them together…. And we have Strawberry Peppermint Brownies…..

I had done cherry brownies sometime ago... but with strawberries calling out to me from the stands.... How could I not put Chocolate and Strawberries together. The Sun must rise on these yummy brownies made as cupcakes....

Diya and mamu were here for a few days... So let the professionals get to work while I work in the kitchen....

Strawberry Brownies

100 gms Chocolate
1 cup Flour (minus 1 heaped tsp)
1 heaped tsp Cocoa Powder
3/4 cup Castor Sugar
3/4 cup softened Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
4 Eggs
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup chopped Fresh Strawberries + extra for decoration[optional]
Crushed peppermint for garnishing

1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Prepare the cupcake moulds by linking with parchment paper, I used ready made butter paper cups.
2. Place the chopped
Strawberries in a cup and add 1/2 the Sugar to them, set aside for them to macerate.
3. In a double boiler{over hot water} melt the chocolate and butter. Mix well till both are melted and incorporated.
4. Cool to slightly higher than room temperature.
5. Stir in rest of the sugar and vanilla.
6. Stir in chopped strawberries in the above mixture and let them sit for a bit. In the mean time beat the eggs.
7. Add lightly beaten eggs slowly to the above mixture, while mixing.
8. Stir in the sifted flour and salt. mix very lightly till incorporated.
9. Pour mixture evenly in the tray.
10. Garnish with some peppermint on top.
11. Bake in the pre-heated oven, reducing temperature to 180 degrees.
12. Bake for about 30-40 minutes till skewer come clean. [Watch the crust, it burns fast...]
13. Sprinkle with rest of the crushed peppermint after it cools

Diya and I had a glorious time with these soft moist n flavourful brownies in a cupcake..... I sent some over for my sister[she's someone who doesn't enjoy desserts... yeah we're poles apart n She's stick thin ;)] in Mumbai.... She loved them.... That's 1 big test passed for these yummy babies cause she wants M-O-R-E and says 'the strawberry cup cake was awsome...'


Diya Pinto said...

Looking great!!

Jennifurla said...

Pretty pictures, what a great treat.

Lucy @ Lucyeats said...

What a winner of a combo! I really love mint with my chocolate!

Nimi said...

luv ur combi..