Monday, 12 December 2011

Blue Velvet Brownies

Here is a twist on the old classic Red Velvet Cupcakes. Part of the reason I made them blue was, well, I didn't have any red food colouring but also it's a different take on tradition. Making brownies not only goes further but it's much more decadent with it's gooey texture. For those who are feeling sinful, these Blue velvet brownies will have you begging for mercy.

For the brownies:
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 oz of 2 Tbsp Blue food coloring
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2  eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups Plain Flour

For the Frosting
125g Icing Sugar
40g Butter, softened
2 Tbsp Milk
Drop of Vanilla Extract
To make the brownies...
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Butter and line a square/rectangle baking pan (any size) making sure the baking paper comes up the sides (this allows for easy removal once the brownies are cooked).  

Combine the cocoa, food colouring and vanilla in a bowl to form a paste. 

In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on a medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, making sure they are well incorporated. Add flour and mix well. At this point, add the blue paste mixing until the batter is one uniform colour. You may need to use a spatula to make sure there is no batter stuck on the bottom of the bowl.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25-35mins depending on how gooey you want your brownies to be. Check with a skewer. If top is becoming brown to early, simply cover with foil and continue baking. Take out of the oven and allow to cool before frosting. 

To make the Frosting
Using an electric mixer, beat all ingredients at a high speed for 5 mins until fluffy. 

Spread evenly on brownies, splash a few drops of colouring over the top or leave plain. Cut and Enjoy! 

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