Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Art of Food Coloring

Frozen Mint Brownies, originally uploaded by mud pie gourmet.

I'm a natural girl. Well, I love a nice pair of leather shoes (in peacock, please) as much as the next person, but I recycle, I use my own bags at grocery stores, I get after the kids for wasting water and electricity (and sometimes my hot husband, too. Uhh, sorry about that. I swear, I'm not a nag), I try not to buy foods with preservatives or added colors. But, I just can't do mint brownies without adding the green food coloring. I've tried it. It messes with my mind. It's almost like they don't taste as minty just because they don't have green icing. You see yellow, you think, "Lemon." Red--Cherry or Cinnamon, Purple--Grape. Green is mint. You can try and keep them natural and just go with the white icing, but yours just won't taste as good as my green ones.

Frozen Mint Brownies

3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
3 eggs
3/4 cup flour and dash of salt


3 T butter
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 T milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
2-4 drops green food coloring

2 sq unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate
2 T butter

Melt chocolate and butter together for the brownies. Beat eggs and add sugar. Add chocolate and butter mixture and mix. Add extract, flour, salt and mix thoroughly. Spread in a 9x13 greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool completely (I rush cooling process by putting them into freezer).

Mix frosting ingredients together and spread on cooled cake. Cool in fridge, covered (or freezer for faster).

Make glaze by melting chocolate and butter. When at room temp, spread on top of frosting.

Place in freezer for 5 minutes to set chocolate. Cut brownies. Place in a container and keep in the freezer until you eat them! They are best right out of the freezer.