Strawberries and Cream Brownies

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This Strawberries and Cream Brownies Recipe is the best brownie recipe ever. This easy brownies recipe is a variation on strawberry shortcake, but instead of a croissant or pound cake brownies are used, along with a topping of chocolate ganache, oh my. You can't look at the photos of this homemade brownie recipes idea without your mouth watering. The easy brownies have butter, pure vanilla extract and Dutch-processed cocoa in the mix. Once the brownies are baked cool completely on a wire rack. Then cut the brownies into squares and make sandwiches with whipped cream and fresh strawberries in the middle. Top with ganache or your favorite chocolate sauce or syrup. You can make the chocolate ganache recipe just after the strawberries and cream brownies are put together. To make combine some bittersweet chocolate that is chopped or in chip form, with some heavy cream and some butter in a small saucepan. Then cook on low until just melted. To the chocolate mixture add some Grand Marnier or other liqueur if desired. Then remove from heat and drizzle over the brownie tops.

This easy brownies recipe idea calls for Dutch processed cocoa. Cocoa powder is derived from the cacao seeds. Cocoa powder gives an intense chocolate taste and comes in Dutch-processed which is alkalized or natural cocoa varieties. Natural cocoa powder is lighter brown in color, with a stronger more pronounced chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder is slightly acidic, so it usually works best to use natural cocoa powder in recipes that call for baking soda. Cocoa powder that is alkalized is darker in color and less acidic, and has a milder chocolate taste than lighter cocoa powder.

Nutrition Facts for: Strawberries and Cream Brownies from Chin Deep

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sugar, pure vanilla extract, eggs, all-purpose flour, Dutch processed cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolat, heavy cream.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 9 servings for the brownie and ganche only.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 381, Calories from Fat 213, Total Fat 23.7g 36%, Saturated Fat 14.9g 74%, Cholesterol 92mg 31%, Sodium 393mg 16%, Potassium 182mg 5%, Carbohydrates 40.7g 14%, Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%, Sugars 32.1g, Protein 4.4g, Vitamin A 12%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 5%, Iron 8%

For this easy brownies recipe, you can use either premade whipped cream or make your own. Making your whipped cream is not as difficult as some people think, it is very easy and tastes much better. To make you will need some heavy whipping cream and some vanilla extract. Make sure to leave the cream in the refrigerator right up until you're ready to whip it. When ready, measure the cream into the bowl of a stand mixer or a metal bowl, then add the vanilla and other flavorings. Start by whipping and increase the mixer speed to medium. For the first several minutes, the heavy cream will be very frothy and bubbly. Then after about 4 to 5 minutes you will start to see trails in the cream that don't immediately dissolve after the whisk moves this is a good thing. Keep whipping, and after about 6 to 7 minutes soft peaks should form. After about 7 to 8 minutes, you will watch as firm peaks form, and become stiffer and stiffer. This is the stage when your whipped cream is ready to use.Thank you to Melissa for sharing this easy brownies idea for strawberries and cream brownies on the "Chin Deep" recipe site. Some of the other recipes you will find on the site include homemade brownie recipes, salad recipes, main dish recipes, drink recipes, dressing recipes, dessert recipes and so much more. *

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