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Friday, February 14, 2014

Strawberry White Chocolate Brownies {Gluten Free}



HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

Love is in the air. Do you do anything special today, with your loved one, family or friends?  Most Fridays we go out for dinner, myself, hubby and the little one. Tonight we will not. Even though we go out fairly early because of the little one, most places will just get too busy, loud and potentially overpriced.  As well behaved as she is most times, I don't want that one time she isn\t to be tonight as no one wants a fussy toddler ruining their romantic dinner. So just in case, tonight we will order in, and stay cozy.

The hubs and I have never really gone too over the top for Valentines Day.  Neither of us need anything, so other than some flowers, chocolates or a tub of his favorite ice cream, we keep it low key.  Better to save our money for more important things.  More money saved means I can finally convince him to get an SUV to make room for our expanding family.

Oh right!  I haven't told you yet.   Baby #2 is on the way, making its arrival late July.   We are very excited and getting ready for some busy times ahead.  Our little ones will be 20 months apart so there will be a lot going on.  Even the next few months will be busy moving around some bedrooms, office and workout equipment to make room for Baby #2.     I will definitely need to find a big win of energy now and then.   For now I will have to run on adrenaline since caffeine is not a pregnant ladies friend.   Post baby these brownies might have to the kick I will need, and at least they have some fruit in them.

Hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones.


Strawberry White Chocolate Brownies {gluten free}


INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 3 oz white chocolate , chopped
  • 3/4 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup strawberry white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • sprinkles
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Place the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a double boiler. Stirring off and on to melt together. Once completely melted remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk in the sugar. Then whisk in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add vanilla and whisk in.
  5. Add flour, salt, espresso powder and baking soda. Fold in until partially combined.
  6. Add strawberries and white chocolate.
  7. Using a spatula, scrape the batter into the spring form pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes and a skewer comes out clean. Remove from oven, let cool.
  8. Make icing : Beat cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl using a spatula.
  9. Add icing sugar, one cup at a time, beating in with spatula.
  10. Using an offset spatula spread over the brownies. Top with sprinkles.



























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