Sunday, April 15, 2012

Club: Baked - Grasshopper Bars

I'm so excited for this round of Club: Baked for two reasons......I'm hosting, and I got to pick one of my favorite desserts in the book (Baked Explorations)......Grasshopper Bars!  When I was in Charleston last summer and went to Baked, the Grasshopper Bars were my favorite thing that I tried......delicious!  

A brownie base, topped with a mint flavored buttercream, all topped with a chocolate ganache.  Each bite has an amazing mint chocolate taste......if you're a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream, you will freak out over these bars!  I think that my bars came out tasting exactly like what I remembered....but I had a tricky time getting a nice clean looking bar.  The only change I had to make when I was baking was that I added a few drops of green gel food coloring to the mint buttercream.  The hubby bought a clear creme de menthe for me (he said there was a green one as well, but he went with the clear), and I wanted to get that mint green coloring in the buttercream.

Grasshopper Bars


For the Brownie Base
3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder (like Valrhona)
5 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Buttercream
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons heavy cream
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened but still cool, cut into small cubes
3 tablespoons creme de menthe
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

For the Chocolate Glaze
6 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes

Make the Brownie Base
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2.  Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light colored metal 9-by-13-inch pan.  Line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper, and butter the parchment.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, the salt, and cocoa powder.

3.  Configure a large size double boiler.  Place the chocolate and the butter in the bowl of the double boiler and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined.  Turn off the heat, but keep bowl over the water of the double boiler and add both sugars.  Whisk the sugars until completely combined.  Remove the bowl from the pan.  The mixture should be at room temperature.

4.  Add three eggs to the chocolate/butter mixture and whisk until just combined.  Add the vanilla and stir until combined.  Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.

5.  Sprinkle the flour/cocoa/salt mix over the chocolate.  Using a spatula (do not use a whisk) fold the dry ingredients into the wet until there is just a trace amount of the flour/cocoa mix visible.

6.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth with an offset spatula, and bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time.  The brownies should be just a tad underdone (not too gooey, but ideally, just 1 minutes from being cooked through completely).  A toothpick inserted into the brownies at an angle should contain a few loose crumbs.  Remove the brownies from the oven and let cool completely white you make the creme de menthe filling.

Make the Buttercream
7.  In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together.  Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally until mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.

8.  Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Beat on high speed until cool.  Reduce the speed to low and add the butter and mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until filling is light and fluffy.

9.  Add the creme de menthe and peppermint extract and mix until combined.  If the filling is too soft, chill slightly in the refrigerator and then mix again until it is the proper consistency.

10.  If the filling is too firm, place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and re-mix to proper consistency.  Spread the filling evenly across the top of the brownie later and place the pan in the refrigerator, for a minimum of 45 minutes, while you make the chocolate glaze.

Make the Chocolate Glaze
11. In a large non-reactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.  Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth.  Remove the bowl from the pan and stir vigorously for 1 minute to release excess heat.

12. Pour the mixture over the chilled creme de menthe layer and use an offset spatula to spread it in an even layer.  Place the pan back in the refrigerator or 1 hour, or until the glaze hardens.

13. Remove the pan from the refrigerator; wait about 15 minutes for the glaze to soften slightly, and cut the bars with a warm knife.  Cut into squares and serve immediately.

14.  These bars can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 4 days.

Click here to see the other baker's results.....and Enjoy!

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  1. Mmmmmm....that buttercream looks divine! I'm pinning your recipe. :)

  2. I loved your pick this week!! These were amazing!

  3. I love how yours turned out~so green and pretty! I thought they were delicious, and perfect for spring! Thanks for hosting!!

  4. Your bars look perfect. I'm jealous you've been to Baked! They need to come to the west coast. I did the same and added green food coloring to my frosting, I couldn't find creme de menthe at the store (green or clear). The frosting was my absolute favorite part. Thanks for hosting!

    1. Thanks Gloria! I don't know if you follow either of the Baked guys on Facebook, but they were in SoCal a couple of weeks ago.....perhaps a scouting trip? One can hope!!

  5. These look divine! Like seriously, I know mine would not turn out that pretty, if anything because I couldn't wait an hour to dig in! :)

  6. Wow! These look great! Thanks for sharing your post at Scrumptious Sunday!

  7. Oh, these looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I love the grasshopper drink so these bar look absolutely fabulous to me!

  9. Hi there! I found you at Sweets for a Saturday today! I love chocolate and mint together, one of my favorites! YUM!