Beautiful Brownies

When we arrived in the USA (10 weeks ago!), I was getting frustrated with shopping for food, especially baking items.  I had been confused in the baking aisle many times as I just couldn’t find what I wanted and then gave up 😦  I made some buns using a ready mix but they didn’t taste like my baking so I didn’t like them!

I came home and took to the internet to find the US equivalents to icing sugar, caster sugar and the flours that are used in baking. I felt much better once I had made a list and was ready to tackle the baking aisle again.  Success…woohoo!  I came home with ALL of the ingredients that I wanted.

The first thing I wanted to bake were these Peppermint frosted fudge brownies.  The recipe appeared to be straight forward and it was!  The brownie mixture came together perfectly and it was lovely to smell a homemade mixture.  Yes, there is a difference between homemade and shop bought mixture smells!

Ingredients & mixing

 

I didn’t have a square tin so I used a cake tin instead.  For this reason, my brownies looked just like a chocolate cake and I was a little disappointed.  Chocolate cake wouldn’t have been bad…but I was making brownies!  Anyway, I persevered without tasting any before they were complete.

Brownie cake

 

I loved making the frosting/icing…the peppermint smelled delicious!  I had never used peppermint extract before so I’m sure that you can understand my excitement!

Mixing Icing

 

Once the brownie cake was cool, I spread the frosting over the cake and realised that I had probably made a little too much as it was very thick!  I popped it in the fridge to set and then cut it into bite size pieces.  Even though the frosting was thick, it wasn’t too overpowering and a bite sized piece was just enough. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Beautiful Brownies

  1. Looks yummy! I quite often make brownies, theres nothing quite like the taste of a homemade batch isn’t there! I’d never thought of doing a topping like that, but actually it sounds quite yummy, I might have to try it!

  2. I’m always amazed at how different two different dialects of English can be, it sometimes feels like speaking two different languages.

    1. I know… I definitely didn’t think that it would be as tricky as it has been! I just laugh it off most of the time but Adam gets very frustrated as he has a very broad Yorkshire accent!

  3. These brownies look delicious! I imagine they are a little like an After Eight, but in cake form?! I have also made a cake shaped brownie before, due to nor having the perfect shallow, square, stainless steel tin that I envisage. Maybe one for the Christmas list?! Is it an American recipe or one from home? I guess you could do the Pinterest tea towel idea using recipes you think the recipient might like 🙂

    1. Yes they are just like After Eight’s!
      It’s a recipe from Pinterest, really easy too!
      Yes that’s a good idea about the tea towels! I will have to get my thinking cap on 🙂

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