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Dec 19, 2011 01:02 PM

How Do I Make My Brownies More Over the Top?

I made what I thought was going to be a delectable brownie recipe and it turned out tasty but not 'decadent'. Does anyone have an idea of how I could maybe apply some sort of topping to take them a little more over the top? I don't have the time and the ingredients to remake them....


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  1. Chocolate ganache on top -- adds decadence to anything.

    8 Replies
    1. re: j mather

      +1. Any type of chocolate frosting will "richen" them up, but ganache is so silky and luscious - it just melts in your mouth!

      1. re: j mather

        Ganache! That is the answer I needed. Is it difficult to make and can it be done ahead of time and kept in the fridge??

        1. re: JENNYBEEAY

          ganache is just chocolate melted w/ creme, it's the easiest thing in the world to make. You can make it ahead, but really you should just pour it over the brownies while it's still warm and let it set up.

          OR....if you have espresso powder in the house, whip up some butter/powdered sugar old fashioned icing, flavor w/ espresso powder (smoothed out in a tblspn of hot water) , spread over brownies, cut, then top each brownie w/ a choc covered espresso bean.

          1. re: danna

            I'm salivating as I'm reading that! Sounds just delicious. Thanks

            1. re: danna

              Instead of pouring it on top, you can also dollop little balls of it all over the top before baking. It melts into little pockets. If you eat it warm, you get the oozy goodness. When it cools, you get a bite of truffle brownie.

              1. re: chowser

                Oh, sounds incredible! Who knew that there were so many ways to make an incredible brownie!

                1. re: chowser

                  gasp! what a great idea.

                  There's a lady who sells baked goods at our farmers mkt who makes a brownie w/ strawberries in it. I'm not sure how she does it, but they sort of sink into the brownie, creating a little pocket of under-cooked, strawberry flavored goo(dness).

                  1. re: danna

                    That sounds great, with strawberries or raspberries. I used to buy a short bread cookie (back when I was in college) w/ a strawberry baked in the middle. It was really good.

          2. 2 more layers: 1st is a chocolate chip, cream cheese, amaretto, powdered sugar conconction spread on, then chilled 1 hr. On top of that: ganache (also with a splash of amaretto) with toasted almonds on top. Decadent decadence.

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            1. re: pine time

              Wow! That defines decadence! Thanks!

              1. re: JENNYBEEAY

                Yeah, they really are insanely rich, as a friend described, but to me, there's no such thing as too rich. Keep 'em refrigerated, or the cream cheese layer gets all gushy.

                BTW, in the base brownie layer, I also add amaretto (so it's all 3 layers) and chopped almonds, and sometimes, extra chopped chocolate.

            2. I'll have to try & find the recipe - from Gourmet mag. many years ago.......a rock road brownie + a turtle brownie....decadent!

              Edit: here we go!

              Turtle brownies:

              Rocky Road:

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              1. re: jenscats5

                Those look great! I've saved those in my Epicurious recipe box for next time. Thanks!

                1. re: MRS

                  +1 for peanut butter. Last time I made brownies that I thought were kind of average I added a layer of peanut butter cream (peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, a little milk) and they became delicious.

                  1. re: cookie monster

                    Wow! What a great idea. You just added that layer on top?

                    1. re: JENNYBEEAY

                      Yes, like an icing basically. So good, if you like peanut butter.

                    2. re: cookie monster

                      melt PB in the microwave for 40 seconds
                      melt Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds
                      drizzle both on plain brownies and create a swirl pattern with a fork
                      then add finely crushed peanuts to the top and slice

                  2. If you have any high quality cocoa powder (like King Arthur Black Cocoa), put a few tablespoons in a cup, add a bit of hot water and stir to make a "pudding." Add that in with your wet ingredients. Gives you more chocolate flavor than typical recipe.