STRAWBERRY BROWNIES

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STRAWBERRY BROWNIES

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Strawberry brownies are a delightful twist on the classic chocolate treat, infusing the rich, fudgy goodness of brownies with the freshness of juicy strawberries. This recipe offers a perfect balance of flavors, combining the sweetness of chocolate with the tartness of fresh strawberries, creating a dessert that is both indulgent and refreshing.

Reason to Try Strawberry Brownies

Strawberry brownies offer a unique and irresistible flavor combination that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re a chocolate lover looking for a new twist on a classic dessert or a fan of fresh strawberries seeking a delicious way to enjoy them, these brownies are the perfect choice. They’re ideal for special occasions, potlucks, or simply as a sweet treat to enjoy any day of the week.

List of Ingredients

For the Brownie:

  • 18.3 ounce box brownie mix
  • 3.9 ounce box chocolate pudding mix
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (about ½ of a 1 pound package), hulled and cut in half
  • 12 ounce (3 4-ounce) bars semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp salted butter

How to Make Strawberry Brownies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the brownie mix, pudding mix, milk, vegetable oil, and large eggs together in a large bowl either by hand or with a mixer until fully combined.
  3. Pour into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top.
  4. Bake in the oven for 34-37 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean.
  5. Let the brownies cool completely before topping. It will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. Do not remove from the baking pan.
  6. Once brownies have completely cooled, add an even layer of strawberries (flat side down) on the top and set aside.
  7. To prepare the chocolate ganache, place the semi-sweet chocolate bars in a medium-sized, heat-safe bowl. Set aside.
  8. In a small saucepan, heat the cream and salted butter over medium heat.
  9. Stir continuously while heating until the butter has melted and then let cook until the mixture starts to slightly bubble on the edges of the saucepan, about 3 minutes.
  10. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately pour the cream mixture over the chocolate in the heat-safe bowl. Make sure the chocolate is completely covered by the cream mixture.
  11. Let the cream and chocolate chips sit for 5 minutes before stirring. Then stir until the chocolate has completely combined and you are left with a smooth, shiny ganache.
  12. Pour the ganache evenly over the strawberries topping the brownie. Tap the pan against the counter to release any air bubbles.
  13. Set the brownies aside to allow the chocolate ganache to set. It should take about 90 minutes at room temperature or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  14. Once the ganache has set, cut the brownies into squares and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these strawberry brownies as a delightful dessert for any occasion. They pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat.

Storage Info

Store leftover brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. They can also be frozen for longer storage. Simply wrap individual brownie squares in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Techniques or Tips

  • For best results, ensure the brownie batter is evenly spread in the baking pan to ensure even baking.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely before adding the strawberries and ganache to prevent them from melting.
  • Use ripe, fresh strawberries for the best flavor and texture.

Variation

Experiment with different types of fruit toppings such as raspberries, blueberries, or sliced bananas for a variety of flavor combinations.

FAQs about Strawberry Brownies

Q: Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh?

A: While fresh strawberries are recommended for the best flavor and texture, you can use thawed frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available. Just be sure to drain any excess liquid before adding them to the brownies.

Q: Can I use a different type of chocolate for the ganache?

A: Yes, you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate for the ganache according to your preference. Adjust the sweetness accordingly.

Q: Can I omit the chocolate pudding mix?

A: The chocolate pudding mix adds extra moisture and richness to the brownies, but you can omit it if you prefer. However, the texture and flavor may be slightly different.

Q: Can I make these brownies ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can prepare the brownies in advance and store them in the refrigerator. Add the strawberries and ganache just before serving for the best results.

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