Well, hello there!! This summer has been so crazy....I've really missed baking! We've hosted lots of visiting family and friends at our home and did some traveling. I was even able to spend some time on the set of Royal Pains during the filming of an episode! However, things have settled down and it's time to get back to blogging.
Over the last months I've worked on orders people have asked me to do. So, now that I've found a few minutes to myself for blog baking I am having difficulty decided where to begin. I've been trying to come up with something a little different. Something original. I'm still trying to come up with it. Everything is a variation on a theme, you know? So, in the meantime of coming up with a unique and amazing product (lol), I decided to experiment with the zebra stripe brownie tattoos I picked up at Michaels some time ago.
The photo above is the picture perfect look I was going for. It's by Duff Goldman, some big time baking guy. I think he has a show. Anyway, mine didn't turn out quite as lovely, but I think they're cute!
First I baked up some brownies. For fun I baked them in a cupcake pan.
I was in a "round" kind of mood, but the shape of the tattoos wasn't ideal for round brownies. They are designed for square items since they have a border, so the pattern isn't big enough for a cupcake sized brownie. If you make brownie bites it will definitely fit nicely. After reading the instructions I discovered I would need a brownie icing to create an adhesive for the tattoo. Here's what I whipped up:
recipe from Allrecipes
6 tablespoons milk
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 dash vanilla extract
Combine milk, butter, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil for 30 seconds and immediately remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and vanilla, stirring until melted. Pour immediately onto warm brownies
I removed the cooled, but warm brownies from the pan and then frosted them with the brownie frosting. Initially, when you make the icing it is liquidy. It will harden, though, and not stick to the brownie very well. It's definitely best to frost them immediately before they cool completely and let the frosting set after applying it.
Once the icing was on, I applied a square of tattoo on top of the brownie. The tattoos come in a rectangular shape, so I cut them into squares myself.
Using the flat side of a knife, I ran it over the top of the tattoo to secure and smooth it to the frosting. After it set for about 20 minutes, I cut the edges to make rounds.
Looking at the picture above you can see what I mean about the edge of the pattern not fitting on top of the round brownie surface. Making the brownies a bit smaller would easily take care of this problem. I think these are cute, and for something themed these would be a great dessert. You cannot taste the tattoo at all and brownies, of course, are always DELICIOUS! This is a pretty quick and easy way to whip up something simple with that extra pizzazz!