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Friday, January 25, 2013

So Good Brownie Tarts

These brownies are fudgy and delicious, they are so good and easy ~ one bowl prep!  I made them in these individual tart pans to fancy them up for Valentines, and decorated them with Valentine M and M's and Valentine stencils   They can be made in a pan as well and cut into squares.
4 1 oz unsweetened chocolate baking squares
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temp
1 cup flour
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 2 4 cavity tart pans with baking spray, or line a 9 X 13 " pan with aluminum foil overhanging the sides, and spray with baking spray.  
Microwave chocolate squares and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at high 1 1/2-2 mins - stirring at 30 second intervals, until melted and smooth.  Whisk in sugars.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each.  Whisk in flour, vanilla and salt.  For individual tarts I scooped 1 1/2 icecream (40z) scoops into each and smoothed top.  Or pour batter into 9 X 13" pan and smooth top.  If desired top with Valentine colored M & M's or sprinkles.  Bake tarts for about 20 mins, or until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs - you don't want to overbake or you'll have a hard brownie.  For the pan bake about 40 mins or until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.  Let cool on wire rack, then lift out of pans.  Decorate with Valentine stencils, covering tart and sprinkling powdered sugar over.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living

Or drizzle them with chocolate and top with berries

Martha Stewart Crafts Heart And Love Cupcake Stencil
I used these stencils, available here:
Chicago Metallic Specialty Nonstick Tartlett Pan, 4-Cup
And these tart pans, available here:


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