Aedan’s Chocolate Mint Brownies
What are some of the benefits of mint other than pairing well with chocolate?
“It is also used in the treatment of asthma, memory loss, and skin care problems.Mint (Mentha) is a popular herb and a well-known mouth freshener that has been used for hundreds of years for its properties.It has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties which also include peppermint and spearmint.”Source-Google
Now let’s get to baking Aedan’s Chocolate Mint Brownies!
Your favourite brownie recipe (or a mix)
I pkg. semi sweet choc chips
I pkg. white choc chips
*250 ml 35% cream (see P.S. note below)
I tsp peppermint extract
I box Junior mints
Butter, flour and Line with parchment an 8-9” round baking tin or springform pan and bake the brownie batter according to recipe.
Upon removing from the oven use the back of a large spoon to create a depression in most if the center of the brownie – leaving a 1” margin around the edge.
Cool and remove from tin – place on plate or cardboard cake plate.
Special Note: “I often freeze the brownies at this point to make the ganache set faster, but you don’t need to.”
Chocolate Mint Brownies Ganache
In a saucepan pour and *1/2 the cream and heat until it reaches a boil
Turn off heat and add the bag of white choc chips. Let them sit in the cream for 1 minute and then stir until smooth- adding the peppermint extract. (Fun tip, add green food colouring now if you want to be really festive!)
Pour into the depression in the brownie and refrigerate until set. (There might be too much filling – you have to eyeball it) Repeat same procedure with the dark choc chips in the remainder of the cream (no flavour added to these ones) and let cool until room temperature but not setting.
Quickly pour over cake and spread (using an offset spatula) on top and sides. Decorate with junior mints (or crushed candy cane or mints) and let set until thoroughly firm. Cut in1-1/2” wedges and serve.
P.S. * The amount of cream is an approximation – you can look up a recipe for ganache if you want it to be more precise.
Aedan’s Chocolate Mint Brownies disclaimer!
“I have made these myself, but they taste better when my mom makes them!”