These were meant to be a treat for the weekly Friday coffee-break at my office. It is in fact a Swedish custom (and a very nice one) to have coffee and cake with colleagues on a Friday afternoon (fredags fika). We (me and the brownies) had instead to stay home to take care of a sick little princess. She’s already doing better so that I can take the time to write about my little brown beauties.
A few days ago I tasted an industrial chocolate-covered mint brownie and I really liked its super-chocolaty, minty, flavor. So I thought I could make my own and started googling for recipes. No success. Most had a sugary layer of mint cream which did not appeal to me. Other did not have frosting at all. So I remember of the lovely brownies recently posted by Susan on Wild Yeast. They were sourdough-based which I think is a fantastic innovation. Coincidentally, my sourdough starter was just about ready to be used… so I took Susan’s recipe, added tons of mint chocolate and frosted like I once did with a “death by chocolate” cake. The result is a minty delicacy that tastes somewhat between brownies and fudge. To
die live for!
You find the basic recipe here.
MY ADDITIONS: substitute the 72% bittersweet chocolate from Susan’s recipe with 200 gr (7 oz) of bittersweet mint chocolate and 100 gr (3.5 oz) 85% bittersweet chocolate.
Frosting: heat 1 dl (little less than 1/2 cup) heavy cream. Remove from heat and add 60 gr (2 oz) bittersweet mint chocolate (chopped) and 100 gr (3.5 oz) of 70% bittersweet chocolate (chopped). Stir well and let cool for a few minutes, until it thickens. Spread on the baked and already cooled brownie rectangle. Refrigerate for a few hours, possibly overnight. Cut into little squares (one square will be enough for most).
CONSIDERATIONS: Yes, brownies with sourdough really work and can turn in an extremely decadent and mouth-watering treat. These particular ones are so rich that one little square with a cup of dark coffee is really all you need. But who can resist to the superfluous? Oh… and if you are wondering how to get hold of some sourdough, stay tuned: I will soon post how to successfully make your own.
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