Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Twelve Days of Recipes- Day 4

picture courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

I've always enjoyed a great homemade brownie recipe- I'll share my recipe later this week. Here in the South, there is one dessert that is a staple of our heritage... RED VELVET CAKE. You may be asking your self, What is Red Velvet? Please don't be embarrassed if you do not know what I'm talking about. A red velvet cake is a bittersweet chocolate cake that has been dyed red. It it typically made with a cream cheese buttercream frosting. Last week, while visiting my husband's Mema; I was flipping through the current issue of Southern Living. I'm a recipe collector; I love a new recipe and will usually attempt a recipe at least once. Amidst my flipping I came across a recipe titled Red Velvet Brownies. At that moment I knew this recipe would be included in my holiday baking.

recipe courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

Line pan with foil by trimming two long foil pieces to a 9-inch width. Fit strips, crossing each other, in the pan.

Total: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Yield: Makes 16 servings

1 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

Garnish: white chocolate curls
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

3. Bake at 350° for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours).

4. Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil. Spread Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting on top of brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish, if desired

Enjoy the Taste of


Alison said...

This looks good. I might have to try it!

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