Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brownies with Ganache


If you like chocolate, these are for you!  This is our mom's recipe, it never fails and makes a moist, cake like brownie.
Here's what you need:
  • 1/2 c (one stick) softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c + 1 T flour
  • 1 16 ounce can Hershey Syrup (usually found in the ice cream topping aisle)
In a bowl cream together butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Then add flour and syrup and mix well. Pour onto a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides. Bake 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Keep an eye on it, you don't want to over bake them.

For the Ganache:
  • 1 c whipping cream
  • 2 c chocolate chips or about 8-12 ounces of chopped chocolate pieces
You may have some Ganache left over, I keep it to top ice cream... or anything..YUM!

I used to try to make homemade frosting but it would always turn out too thick or sugary, then I made Ganache, it can be whipped for filling or icing, or just poured over whatever while it's warm. It will thicken the longer it sits. There are different ways to make it but this is how I made mine. I put my Pyrex batter bowl into a smaller pan that has about an inch of water. You want a bowl that fits the pan but doesn't touch the bottom. The idea is to slowly melt the chocolate and not overheat or it will separate...then you will have a hot mess! Put the chocolate chips and cream in the bowl over the pan of water and slowly heat them while stirring until they melt.
Another way to make it is to heat the cream and pour that over the chocolate chips to melt them. Either way works. For a shiny glaze, pour on top of the brownies, if you want it thicker to spread, let it cool, then stir and spread. I like to pour mine over the brownies while they are still warm, it is simply delicious!

~Simply Angie

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