Dark, rich, black cocoa brownie is topped with a pastry cream based German Buttercream which is made with Bailey's and Dark Chocolate. This is the perfect St. Patrick's day brownie but is also amazing year-round.
Hi! Writing this from a social isolation in my home - things here have gotten a bit scary with this new virus that seems to be taking over, so we are listening to the rules and keeping our distance from things. I think things like this, while scary, are a great reminder to check in on those around you - your neighbors, friends, anyone who might be particularly vulnerable or feeling a bit alone and could do with you standing in their corner. I already work from home so the changes haven’t affected us too much, but I am super aware that there are some who aren’t as fortunate as us and who will be leaning on support in the next coming weeks. Please also consider them when you are preparing any way that you can - whether it be a donation to a food bank, or checking in on some of your friends.
If you need a wee distraction, baking is a great option. I often turn to the kitchen as a little safe space in my home where I can forget about the outside for a while. I made these brownies last week with St Patrick’s day in mind, but they are super easy to make, incredibly delicious and last well in the fridge, so they would work great for any occasion.
This is just a wee riff on a favourite brownie of mine - I added on a dark chocolate Bailey’s German Buttercream. The great thing with German Buttercream is that you can easily sub the milk within the pastry cream recipe for another liquid - in this case Bailey’s. If you want the alcohol to be stronger tasting, only warm it slightly before adding in to the mixture. Lots of it will boil off but some of the flavour will be retained. If you want to boil it off more, bring the Bailey’s to a boil in the pan first, leave it to boil for a minute or two, then proceed as usual. I love the combination of the dark brownie with the chocolate Bailey’s buttercream, but you can leave the chocolate out of the buttercream if you like too.
A few wee tips:
Make sure your brownie is nice and cool before frosting.
The pastry cream for the buttercream needs time to cool, so make sure you account for that.
I used these sprinkles on the top!
Here is an oreo variation!