Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Triple Chocolate Brownie Stack

Brownies are a crowd favorite, dense and rich,  chocolaty and moist, just fantastic.  I figured why not stack them and create a dish worthy of a dessert centerpiece at any holiday or other occasion.
Frosted brownies are a real treat, especially when laced with a tangy cream cheese.
This version presents brownies in a whole new light, almost upscale compared to just squares on a plate.  For this recipe I used chocolate chips, cocoa powder and chocolate syrup, also a particular blend of both cake and AP flour for textural variance.  The brownie cake turned out wonderful so be sure to make it when it can be shared liberally, lest you may want to eat it all by yourself!
Recipe:
Dry ingredients:
2 c. AP flour, sifted
1 1/2 c. cake flour, sifted
1/2 c. good quality cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
Wet ingredients:
1 2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. or 1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c. vegetable oil
5 eggs, 3 yolks 2 whole
1 c. unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp. good quality vanilla extract
1 c. genuine chocolate syrup

Preheat oven to 325*F.
Grease and flour three 8 inch cake pans.
Combine flours and other dry ingredients and stir well.
Using a stand mixer at medium speed, cream sugar, butter and oil.
Add eggs, ,one yolk at a time, until incorporated.
Blend in chocolate syrup and vanilla.
Alternate blending portions of flour and coconut milk , ending with flour.
Make sure to scrape the bowl sides down throughout to catch any pockets of flour or ingredients.
Distribute evenly among the three pans.
Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 25 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile prepare the frosting:
1 1/2  lb. powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, at room tempertature
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips w/ 2 tbsp. coconut milk, softened in microwave or by double boiler.
1/2 tsp. good quality vanilla
pinch kosher salt
Combine ingredients under medium speed until desired consistency is reached.
Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to stabilize frosting until ready to use.
Once brownies have cooled, cut each round in half crosswise, creating 6 layers.
On desired dish, add a bit of frosting to stabilize structure and begin to add each layer, frosting and layering etc.
Once 6 layers are in place, frost sides, then top.
Serves 16.







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