Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Trick or Treats? I think Treats!

Happy Halloween Sherri Dean AlvarezHalloween is fun. We all love to dress up and spend time with the people we love.
Why not make these lovely witch hat cupcakes?
They are easy and a blast to decorate. Get into the holiday spirit with your kids and make them today.

Brownie Cupcakes
Makes 20 cupcakes

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cup white chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 325ยบF.  Line cupcake tins with paper liners.

Melt butter and chocolate together in a heat proof bowl fitted over a pot of simmering water.

In a bowl, mix together flour and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Stir as little as possible.  Add chocolate mixture, vanilla extract and chopped white chocolate. Mix all ingredients together.

Spoon batter into prepared cupcake tins and fill ½ full only.  Bake 30 minutes or until done.

Chocolate Ganache
Makes about 2 cups
1 cup heavy cream
½ pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon Espresso
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small sauce pan, heat cream to a scald but do not boil.  Shut off heat and melt in chocolate and butter. Once chocolate and butter has been incorporated add espresso and vanilla extract.

ASSEMBLY:  Pour enough ganache to fill the top of each brownie cupcake to the top of the liner.  When cool and almost set – top with chopped nuts, white chocolate curls or Fleur de Sel ( French sea salt).
Or go one step further and take ice cream cones, melt dk chocolate and paint the cones until coated. Decorate with blue sprinkles. Delish!


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