Saturday, February 18, 2012

Joy's Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


Obviously I have been living under a rock, since I had not even heard of Joy the Baker until last month...when I was invited to participate in a Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off to promote her new soon to be released cookbook, Joy the Baker Cookbook:100 Simple and Comforting Recipes.  I didn't even look at her blog until after my copy of the book arrived.  I just committed to this blindly, but now I'm one of Joy's fans!


Now I don't really consider myself a baker...Some things I do well...biscuits, muffins, boxes of brownie mix, Pillsbury crescent rolls...But then other things not so good...crimping a pie crust edge and anything involving frosting.  So this week we had a choice of making Flax Seed and Black Pepper Crackers or brownies with chocolate buttercream or both.  Flax seed anything sounds too healthy for me, so I opted for the brownies even though they have FROSTING!

And I must say these were the richest, most decadent brownies I have ever eaten.  Yes...the frosting looks a HOT MESS as expected, but it tasted wonderful and that is all that matters.

Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
3 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 recipe The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, recipe follows

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking dish and set aside. (I lined nonstick foil so I could lift it easily from the pan)  In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.  In a medium sauce pan bring 2 inches of water to a boil.  In a medium heatproof bowl, add the butter and unsweetened chocolate.  Place the bowl over, but not touching, the simmering water and allow to melt.  Stir to incorporate.  Once melted, remove the bowl from the a top the simmering water.  Whisk in both the brown and granulated sugars.  Whisk in the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture, all at once.  Fold together with a spatula until well incorporated.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 25 to 35 minutes.  Bake until a skewer inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.  Frost with a half recipe of The Best Chocolate Butter Cream.


The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 & 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
scant 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup Ovaltine powder (I used Chocolate Malt)

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, cocoa powder, and salt.  The mixture will be very thick, cream for about 3 minutes on medium speed.  Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Turn the mixer on low to incorporate the sugar while adding the milk and vanilla.  As the sugar incorporates, gradually increase the mixer speed to medium-high, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Beat until smooth.  In 1-cup measuring cup, stir together the cream and Ovaltine.  Turn the mixer to medium, and pour in the cream in a slow steady stream until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.  The frosting should be smooth, creamy, and spreadable.  Add more powdered sugar to adjust the consistency.  Spread or pipe onto cooled cakes or cupcakes.  The frosting will keep for up to 5 days well wrapped in the refrigerator.

Joy's note: Putting the frosting in the fridge for about 30 minutes makes it harden just a little and makes it easier to spread as frosting.


*This post is part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef*

27 comments:

  1. This post cracks me up for some reason....(love that the flax seed crackers sound too healthy..ha ha....) And I think your hot mess looks like delish frosting!

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  2. I had not heard of Joy the Baker until Heather's email came through. I'm also glad I jumped in, as I don't bake and this will be a fun challenge for me. I love that first photo with the milk. The Brownies look delicious and congrats on a great batch of deliciousness.

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  3. This is definitely a 'die and go to heaven' brownie!. That icing looks yummy.

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  4. That top shot of the brownie really looks fudge-y! I think I need to have a bowl of this frosting ready in my fridge at all times, it's just too good for words.

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  5. LOL :)
    Hot mess icing still tastes good. I would eat more than one of those brownies.

    Get one of these for your stand mixer: www.beaterblade.com.

    Have a good weekend!

    Katrina

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  6. I don't think it looks a hot mess...I think it looks totally tempting and delicious! I'm glad I helped you "discover" Joy's blog =) And glad you stepped a bit out of your comfort zone to join in the Spotlight! Now pass me a brownie...

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  7. Mmm, great brownie post. These do taste awesome and can't wait to see your other recipes!

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  8. You should never miss an opportunity to sink your teeth into a hot mess.

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  9. You should never miss an opportunity to sink your teeth into a hot mess.

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  10. (LOL @ TV Food and Drink's comment)
    I'm so glad we're reviewing this book together :)Your brownies look great! and much easier than you'd think, right? I mean....a box is good in a pinch but from scratch...YUM!

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  11. Yum!
    Although... the flax seed whatevers should be on my menu~

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  12. That seems like one decadent brownie!

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  13. OMG Bob I just thinking today in brownies and this look awesome!!

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  14. Anything with chocolate is always at the top of my baking list...this brownie is superb! Or maybe...today brownie, tomorrow flax seed crackers.

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  15. Love that first shot w/ the chocolate chips so prominent. Fantastic.

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  16. Oh my gosh, the ovaltine..how cool is that? These look so good, Bo! I don't see a 'hot mess' anywhere!

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  17. These brownies were fantastic and I think your frosting looks great. I am just getting "acquainted" with Joy the Baker too and I am a new fan. ;-)

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  18. I have followed Joy's blog for a long time so I knew this cookbook event was something I wanted to participate in. I love this brownie recipe and know it will become a family favorite. I even made a second batch and made brownie sundaes with them. So delicious and decadent.

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  19. OH MY GOODNESS - talk about decadent! I think I MUST make these day!!! YUM!!

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  20. These brownies look perfect. I could go for one right now, yummy!

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  21. Wow look so yummy :) its tempting me to make one for my kids , they will surely love this for sure!
    added on my list.

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  22. I went with the crackers but am pretty sure these brownies will have to make an appearance in my kitchen as well!

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  23. Ha ha...I'm with you. I'm not into making crackers. Tried it once and it was not pretty at all. Your brownies look delicious and I do agree. These are indeed the most decadent and indulgent brownies ever.

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  24. Glad you made the brownies. They look pretty decadent and good!

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  25. lovely pictures brownies look fabulous deliciously done

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  26. after reading all these posts about the brownies...i really, really regret making the crackers instead of the brownies..and now here i am in lent having given up chocolate and you present these gorgeous sweets! i think i might be mad at you :)

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