Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies are a delicious, decadent dessert recipe. If you like rich, chocolate brownies, then you will love these easy chocolate ganache covered strawberry brownies!
CAN I USE A BROWNIE MIX?
Yes! That’s what I do. You can make them from scratch and they will probably be amazing, but the box is fine. I like the dark chocolate flavor brownie mix.
CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED?
Yes! You can even buy brownie mixes that are for a 13″x9″ pan. That makes it easier! Then just double the strawberries and make a double batch of ganache. Perfect for a potluck.
In that case I would just cut them smaller. If they stand up too tall above the brownie layer, it makes for a big bite! Cutting the strawberries smaller is better for the kiddos.
DO I HAVE TO USE HEAVY CREAM FOR THE GANACHE?
If you don’t have any heavy cream you substitute 3/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup melted butter thoroughly mixed. The fat is what stabilizes the ganache, so it is necessary.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies
The perfect chocolate ganache is smooth and glossy. This is achieved by stirring the mixture really well as the chocolate is melting.
IS IT OKAY TO USE DARK CHOCOLATE FOR THE GANACHE?
Yes it is. These brownies tend to be sweet, so using dark chocolate cuts the sweetness. My preference is to use half semi-sweet and half dark chocolate chips.
If you don’t have or want to use a microwave to melt the chocolate, you can use a double boiler on the stove.
1 Brownie Mix (for an 8″x8″ baking dish)
1 lb Strawberries, stems removed, cut in half
1 1/2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (or use part dark chocolate)
3/4 cup Heavy Cream (up to 1 cup if more is needed)
In an 8″x8″ baking dish, prepare brownies according to package directions. Let them cool completely.
Remove the stems from te strawberries and cut them in half lengthwise.
Arrange the strawberries in a single layer on top of the brownie layer.
Prepare the Chocolate Ganache
In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and the heavy cream. Microwave for 25 seconds. Then start stirring slowly.
Microwave again for 20 seconds. Stir again, for at least 20 seconds. The heat will keep melting the chocolate as you stir. It is important to heat the mixture gradually, and not to get it too hot! Stir, stir, stir!
If the chocolate chips are still chunky, microwave again for another 15 seconds. Then stir again. Repeat if necessary. Keep stirring until the ganache becomes smooth, and turns dark and shiny/glossy. Then it is ready.
Pour the chocolate ganache over the strawberries evenly, covering all of them.
Chill the brownies in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, or until ganache has set. It will not be solid, but will firm up.
Slice and serve. These won’t last more than a day as the berries release moisture that will make the brownies wet.