Mint Frosting Layer I spread the mint frosting layer on top and wow does it smell yummy! Just a few drops of peppermint goes a long way to flavor this frosting. I added a few drops of green food coloring (optional). I like the look of a little green between the layers of brownie and the ganache. Ingredients: • 9 cups powdered sugar • 1 cup butter (softened) • 1/2 cup milk (maybe a bit more if it's too thick) • 1-1/2 capfuls of peppermint extract or just a few drops of peppermint essential oils (you will need to taste test this part and gauge how much YOU like-I do not like mine too "minty") • Green food coloring (optional) Instructions: I use my hand mixer to mix the ingredients above for about 5 minutes because it needs to be very fluffy. The next step is to cover the cooled brownies with this mint frosting all the way to the edges of the brownie pan. Once this is done, place the pan in the freezer for at least an hour to "harden" up so it's ready for the ganache topping. I call it ganache topping, not sure it is, but that's how I roll. The brownie pan must be totally hard before we can frost with the ganache.
Ganache Topping Ingredients: • 3 cups chocolate chips • 3/4 cups butter (softened) I realize that most ganache's are made with heavy cream-I just don't know what to call this yummy topping! If you don't have a double-boiler to melt the chocolate chips and the butter then use your microwave. I microwave for one minute, stir and repeat this process. Once the mixture is totally melted be ready to spread the mixture over the cold brownie pan you have removed from the freezer. I do use a double boiler sometimes for my ganache. Spread the ganache quickly, covering the entire pan the best you can. Place the brownies in the refrigerator until ready to cut and enjoy!