I wanted to try something different - and as I have said my friends are my test kitchen so I tested away. I made what I am calling - Browniewitchlettes - layered round 4 bite brownies with flavored buttercream filling. I made three flavors: meyer lemon buttercream, lime buttercream and caramel buttercream filling.
To begin I made a 1/2 sheet pan of my Triple chocolate brownie recipe (I doubled the recipe). A 1/2 sheet pan measures 21.5"X15". There is no need to adjust the baking time as these brownies are thinner than the ones that are made in an 8x8 pan. If you do not have a 1/2 sheet pan you can use two cookie sheets. Line the sheet pans with parchement paper with an inch hanging over the sides for easy removal. Allow the browies to cool completely before cutting and filling.
I used a basic buttercream recipe.
makes 6 cups
1 1/2 pounds of unsalted butter
9 cups of sifted powdered sugar. (sift after measuring)
Place butter into a stand mixture with 3 cups of powdered sugar. Start mixer on low speed until all the sugar is incorporated. Raise speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes until fluffy. Slowly add one cup of sugar at a time until all sugar is incorporated. Beat for an additonal 3 minutes until pale and fluffy.
Divide buttercream into 3 bowls. For each flavor add 1 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 1/2 lime juice and 1 1/2 cooled caramel sauce.
Cut cooled brownies into circles using a 2 inch round cutter. Pipe or spread buttercream on brownies. Pipe additonal butterncream on the top of the brownies along with some lemon or lime zest or some caramel sauce. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
|Brownies on platters for dessert|
|Caramel buttercream filled brownies|
|Lemon buttercream filled brownies|
|Lime buttercream filled brownies|
When I arrived for the party right before kick-off with the platter we immediately placed it on the buffet table. By half-time there were only crumbs left! Needless to say they were a huge hit. You can use any flavor that you want - in addition to the flavors that I used you can use peppermint, rose water, spearmint - experiment.