Saturday, February 4, 2012

ChocolateLove: Fudgy Brownie with Dark Chocolate Ganache


February is #chocolatelove month. #chocolatelove is a blog hop with an amazing group of bloggers, who are co-hosting.  Please join in on the #chocolatelove fun by linking up any choclate recipe from the month of February 2012. Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event! The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove :).


I have several heart shaped pans in various sizes, but I used this one to make a fudgy brownie with dark chocolate chips, as well as baking baking chocolate.  Then the brownie is topped with Dark Chocolate Ganache and piped with white chocolate. This is truly a chocoholic's delight, and perfect for Valentine's Day!


Fudge Brownies Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Ingredients:

1/2 c butter
2 squares, (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp .vanilla
3/4 c. AP Flour
1/2 dark or semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Fudge Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 8x8x2 pan or use a heart cake pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, edges overlapping. Melt butter and chocolate.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar.  Add eggs, and vanilla.  Beat lightly until just combined.  Stir in flour and mix well. Stir chocolate chips into batter. Spread batter in pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.  Do not over bake. Cool on rack. Remove brownie from pan, and place on rack.

Dark Chocolate Ganache
6 oz. dark or semisweet baking chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
3/4 c heavy cream

Here are my amazing co-hosts:

Place chocolate in medium bowl, Heat cream until simmering. Pour over chocolate in bowl. Stir chocolate until chocolate is evenly melted. Allow to cool and thicken.  Pour over brownie or cake starting in the middle, and spread out toward the edges.  Cool completely until the Ganache is set.  Pipe with White Chocolate Frosting

White Chocolate Frosting
1 1/3 c chopped white chocolate
1/3 c heavy cream
1 1/2 c powdered sugar

Place white chocolate in medium bowl, Heat cream until simmering. Pour over  white chocolate in bowl. Stir white chocolate until evenly melted. Gradually add powdered sugar to white chocolate mixture until piping consistency.  Place frosting in piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off.

Here are my amazing co-hosts:

ASTIG Vegan ~ Richgail ~  @astigvegan
Bon a croquer ~ Valerie ~ @Valouth
Easily Good Eats ~ Three Cookies
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose





67 comments:

  1. I just made a brownie heart to post! yours looks awesome!

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  2. Una receta impresionante es muy hermosa,un gran corazón delicioso,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  3. Brownie...Dark Chocolate ganache.... and white chocolate frosting! COUNT ME IN! This looks amazing! About how much ganache does your recipe make? I am making some tomorrow and the recipe I follow makes a lot!

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    1. My ganache recipe made just enough to cover the heart. maybe about 1 1/2 cup, but I ahd some leftover. and I read that you can freeze ganache, so it's in my freezer.
      If your recipe makes too much, you can always cut it in half.

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  4. mmmm...dark chocolae ganache is perfect for #chocolatelove. Love that you made it into a heart shape for Valentine's day. Valentine's is great for us bakers :)

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    1. i have made heart shaped brownies many times for bake sales, and they are always a great hit! Thanks for the #chocolatelove.

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  5. This looks great!! love all the chocolate packed in!! Perfect for Valentine's day!

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    1. Mike,
      To me that's what Valentine's Day is all about, chocolate and hearts!

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  6. What great brownies! Perfect for Valentine's Day.

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    1. Beth-
      Thank you for your sweet comment:)

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  7. This heart shape not only is perfect for Valentine's, the edge pieces give you more ganache than a regular brownie. I would definitely have to opt for the edge piece-yum! Chocolate batter along with chocolate chips-another bonus.
    Delicious and stunning creation-buzz buzz!

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    1. Tina,
      Thanks for the buzzz:) this is a delicious combo for a browne with the chocolate chips and dark chocolate ganache!

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  8. Oh my! That is indeed chocolate love!!! I could do with a dose of it!
    Happy Super Sunday (or even better, National Nutella Day) Becky!

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    1. Kim,
      Happy Nutella Day to you, too. I missed the day again, but i will make something with Nutella this week. hope that you get your chocolate dose,soon:)

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  9. Mmmmmm! Becky, it looks fantastic and I bet it tastes the same way!

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    1. This brownie is so rich and chocolaty, then topped with the ganache, over the top good.

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  10. yummm.. a brownie.. shaped like a heart.. and that ganache.. it cant get better than this for a special treat!

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    1. Richa,
      That's right! This brownie with the chocolate ganache is soo good.

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  11. Beautiful and delicious!!! Fabulous brownies for the chocolatelove blog hop, Becky! So fun to bake along with you :)

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    1. Lizzy,
      Thank you for your sweet words. These brownies are so good. Sending much #chocolatelove your way!

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  12. this looks incredible. i love the dark chocolate ganache. it would be hard for me to not eat the whole thing:)

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    1. Jessica,
      The brownie is now in the freezer, so we'll be eating it on Valentine's Day, not before.

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  13. oh yum, it looks so good and I love the fact there are many types of chocolate in it.

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    1. Sue,
      This brownie heart has lots of #chocolatelove! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  14. Looks stunning & tasty too! LOVELY ! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment.This brownie is so rich and delicious.

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  15. Looks so beautiful! Absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day!

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    1. Jill,
      I think this is a perfect treat to V-day, too.

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  16. wow heart shaped fudgey goodness! this looks fabulous! sending some #chocolatelove to you :)

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    1. Junis,
      Thanks for the chocolatelove! Lot of fudgy chocolate goodness in this heart.

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  17. Such a pretty heart shaped chocolate brownie cake, Becky! Love the platter with the heart shape, as well! Perfect Valentine's cake, and for the ChocolateLovin month, as well! Great photos too!
    Thanks for sharing:DDd

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    1. Elisabeth,
      This is the perfect valentine treat with all that chocolaty goodness. Sorry that it isn't WW, though:(

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  18. This is so pretty and perfect for valentine's day!

    Jen

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    1. Jen
      This heart with all of the fudgy chocolate is a perfect V-day treat.

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  19. Chocolate love!? No wonder I like you so much! You have a pretty amazing group of co-hosts there.

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    1. Jen,
      You should link up some of your chocolate love. and join us!

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  20. Yum, I'd eat almost anything covered in ganache. Love the piped lines!

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    1. Beth,
      this brownie is so good, especially with the ganache:) thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you.

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  21. Oh beth! These look divine! Perfect chocolate fix I say!

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  22. These are perfect for any chocolate fix!

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  23. Beautiful and Delicious Becky!!I love this beauty.Perfectly heart shaped and the ganache oh my,that's pure indulgence!So glad to be hosting this #Chocolate Bloghop with you :)

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    1. Soni,
      Thank you for your sweet words. It's fun co-hosting with you, too.

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  24. This looks and sounds absolutely decadent.

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    1. This heart brownie is truly decadent.

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  25. The only thing more satisfying than brownies is brownies with icing. Lovely recipe!

    Lots of #ChocolateLove to you!

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    1. Laura,
      Laura,
      This brownie is soo good and chocolaty. Thanks for the #chocolatelove:)

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  26. I love brownies and this looks amazing!! The heart is very cute and I love the dark chocolate ganache. Sending you some #chocolatelove in return :)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words! I appreciate them so much!

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  27. Nothing can really beat a fudge brownie and this would is almost too pretty to eat!

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    1. Deanna,
      This will be eaten, believe me, because it tastes so good.

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  28. Love your ganache, looks so smooth and perfect!

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    1. The ganache really makes this brownie, besides the taste.

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  29. Beautiful cake, the ganache looks fabulous.
    Fudge brownies are truly loved by all.

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    1. The brownie is so good, especially with the ganache!

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  30. Oh, my this sounds amazing-gorgeous cake! So happy to celebrate #chocolatelove with you :-)

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    1. EA- It's been fun co-hosting with you too.

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  31. This cake is perfect for Valentine's day! Heart & chocolate... can't ask for better hehe

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    1. Valerie,
      This is the best choice for Valentine's Day, in my opinion:)

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  32. talk about death by chocolate! this is simply lovely!

    nice meeting you via #chocolatelove

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    1. Nice to meet you, too. This heart brownie is decadent and rich.

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  33. Wow, that Dark Chocolate Ganache looks intensely dark! Sounds like something that would be right up my alley! Thank you for the #chocolatelove inspiration! :)

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    1. Jackie,
      The brownie is so good, especially with the dark chocolate ganache.

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  34. I know this has to be my new blog because of you have MULTIPLE heart shaped pans.
    I'm in!
    Great recipe! Sending chocolate love your way...

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  35. Ooooh death by chocolate my favorite way to go :) Looks amazing!

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  36. Hi Becky,

    I wish every month was chocolate month :) Your brownie looks perfect. Thanks for participating in the YBR.

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