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Irish Coffee Brownies (the easy way) with chocolate-coffee or mint-chocolate frosting

Recipe: Irish Coffee Brownies (the easy way) with chocolate-coffee or mint-chocolate frosting NEW

Remarks:

Ingredients:

    Irish Coffee Brownies:
    1 box of your favorite brownie mix
    water, eggs and oil as specified on box -- only for Irish coffee brownies you are going to switch the water to Irish Whiskey (Jameson)

    For Chocolate-coffee or mint chocolate frosting for your brownies:
    6 oz of deep, dark chocolate. (60% cocao or stronger), finely diced
    3 oz of heavy cream
    1 Tbl of instant coffee granules or 2 tsp of mint flavoring

Instructions:

    For the Irish Coffee Brownies:
    Bake the brownies according to the box instructions.
    Cool.

    For Frosting:
    Heat the cream in a small saucepan. As the cream begins to form bubbles on the edges put in the chocolate and coffee granules and stir until it melts and the coffee dissolves. Do this off heat so it doesn't scorch the cream or the chocolate. If it doesn't completely dissolve, put back on the heat momentarily to get it warm enough to heat the mixture so you can be sure it will all melt. This makes a chocolate-coffee glaze.

Serving Suggestions:

    You can put this chocolate-coffee glaze on the cool brownies earlier in the day and it will form a solid frosting or you can wait and pour it warm over the sliced brownies and it will be more like a luscious sauce. I opt for the latter if I can.
    You can also serve a la mode. Mint ice cream would be in keeping with the holiday. You can also use 2 tsp of mint flavoring if you want chocolate-mint frosting instead of chocolate-coffee. In this case leave out the coffee granules.

Enjoy. Cheers! Zola

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