January 15, 2013

Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

Rich, chocolate frosting
A delicious brownie covered in rich, decadent chocolate frosting, what's better than that? After reading up on some literature about frosting, it's sometimes confusing - what's the difference between a frosting and an icing? And, which is better for fudgy brownies? This article will tackle these problems and introduce a chocolate frosting recipe at the end to help top those scrumptious brownies!

Types of Icing:
To remove all the confusion, an icing and a frosting are actually two words for the same exact thing! I prefer the word frosting, because it sounds cooler but this should not have to be confusing. With that being said there are actually several different types of icings

Fondant (sugary syrup which is crystallized to a smooth and creamy mass)
Buttercream Icing (smooth mixture of confectioners' sugar, fat and sometimes an egg)
Foam-type Icing (meringues made with syrup and stabilized with gelatin if desired)
Flat Icing (simple mixture of sugar and water, sometimes flavored)
Fudge-type Icing (rich, heavy and thick icing which are stable and hold well in storage)
Glaze (encompasses all from simple sugar syrups to complex ganaches)
Royal-type Icing (decorator's icing, flat and thick with the use of egg whites, sugar and water)

Ideal Icing for Brownies?
With so many different types of icings, what is the ideal type of icing for a brownie? Brownies are usually best off with a Fudge-type, chocolate icing or a Ganache. The other icings just aren't heavy enough to nicely compliment a warm brownie delight. I know some people may argue that a simple buttercream icing on brownies would be fine, whatever floats your boat I guess.

Brownie Chocolate Ganache Recipe:
Yields 1LB and 12oz of chocolate ganache.

1 pound (500g) Dark Chocolate
350mL (~375g) Heavy Cream (fresh cream is harder to curdle)

1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces or start with chocolate chips of your choice.
2. In a saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil. Stir often to prevent scorching.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the chocolate, continually stirring. As the chocolate melts and incorporates itself into the mixture, it will become smooth.
4. Immediately apply overtop warm, freshly baked brownies.

Simple Fudge Icing Recipe:
Yields a lot of chocolate frosting, easy recipe to double.

1/2 stick of Butter (4 tablespoons)
2 cups of Powdered Sugar
4 tablespoons of Cocoa
3 tablespoons Milk
1 tsp of Vanilla
(Substitute 3 teaspoons of bailey's Irish Cream in place of milk for a more "adult" frosting!)

1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
2. Add cocoa to the butter and remove from the heat source.
3. Mix in all the remaining ingredients until smooth and delicious.
4. Spread the fudge frosting over your brownies.

Well there you have it. You learned the different types of icings and which ones are best suited for brownies. In addition, I provided two simple recipes to get yourself started topping brownies like a pro! If you would like to leave a comment below - you can do so without any subscription required!


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  2. great stuff love it