Ever since my friend Dini over at Giramuk’s Kitchen contributed this awesome guest post of Double Chocolate Basil Brownies, I’ve been wondering how to use her butter infusion method to infuse other fresh flavors into brownies.
When I heard that this week’s #SundaySupper theme was “Cravings,” I knew that it would be the perfect time to attempt my own brownie infusion. I decided to try my hand at making fresh mint infused brownies.
Although I’ve seen dozens of recipes for mint brownies, I tend to stay away from them because I’m actually not a big fan of the flavor of mint extract, which is the flavoring used for most mint-flavored baked goods. (Although I have used Starlight candies to decorate Christmas brownies, I’d definitely pick them off before eating the brownie.)
However, I love the flavor and aroma of fresh mint. My goal was to incorporate that fresh, herbaceous scent into brownies, strong enough to stand up to the rich chocolate flavor.
To do so, I’ve altered Dini’s method just a bit in order to really wring out the most flavor from the fresh mint, and also to speed up the infusion process.
I was very pleased with the results, and I think you will be, too. And don’t forget to check out all the other #SundaySupper cravings recipes located below!
- 1½ cups unsalted butter (3 sticks)
- 1 oz fresh mint (stems & leaves included)
- 3½ cups granulated sugar
- 1½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups unsweetened cocoa (I like natural, but Dutch will work just as well)
- ⅔ cup all purpose flour
- Wash the fresh mint and pat dry with paper towels. In a small pot, melt the butter over low to medium heat. Do not let it bubble.
- Place the mint into the melted butter. Remove the pot from the heat. Using a potato masher or the back of a fork or spoon, crush the mint in the pot to release the mint flavor. Continue crushing until the mint has turned a uniform dark green and is very limp. Cover the pot and let sit for about 20 minutes.
- While you are waiting for the mint to infuse the butter, prepare a 9 by 13 inch pan by lining it with parchment paper or foil, then preheat the oven to 350 F.
- After 20 minutes have elapsed, pour the butter through a strainer and into a large bowl. It should be slightly green in color. Discard any large pieces of mint that fall into the bowl. (It is OK to leave small specks of mint in the bowl.)
- Add the sugar, salt, and vanilla to the butter, then whisk until uniform. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk thoroughly.
- Remove the whisk, add the cocoa and flour, then use a large spoon to stir until mixture is uniform. (The batter will be very thick.) Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out evenly.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs but no wet batter. Let cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then use the foil or parchment liner to lift out the brownies and let them finish cooling on the rack.
Comfort Food Cravings
- Beef Tenderloin Citrus Arugula Salad from Family Foodie
- Chunky Beef Chili from MealDiva
- Cowboy Candy and Cream Cheese from Rhubarb and Honey
- Creamy Veggie and Chip Dip from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Golabki (Polish Cabbage Rolls) from Healthy. Delicious.
- Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Lightened and Loaded Potato Soup from Momma’s Meals
- Prime Rib Roast from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Roasted Cashews & Walnuts with Honey and Herbs from Delaware Girl Eats
- Russian Black Bread from Curious Cuisiniere
- Sausage and Cheese Stromboli from Casa de Crews
- Steak and Eggs from Nosh My Way
- Steak Tartare from The Texan New Yorker
- Swiss Onion Bread from The Foodie Army Wife
Quench Your Thirst Cravings
- Crab Artichoke Bread from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Mussels in Coconut Broth with Garlic Toasts from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Seafood Scampi from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Cravings
- Apple Bundt Cake from Pancake Warriors
- Dark Chocolate Potato Chip Fudge from Nik Snacks
- Dulce de Leche Rice Krispy Treats from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Hot Chocolate Milky Way Brownie Pie from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Lower-Sugar Carrot Cake Jam from What Smells So Good?
- Maple Syrup Creme Brule from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Mint Infused Deep Dish Brownies from The Perfect Brownie
- Paleo Pound Cake from NinjaBaker
- Pizzelle from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Sweet Potato Sheet Cake from Pies and Plots
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