One of my husband's favorite desserts is brownies. He actually prefers the box mix, and no matter what homemade recipe I've tried, he thinks they are too "cakey." In an effort to please him, I've given up on making him homemade, from-scratch brownies and decided to decorate some up just for him.
The theme? The American flag. All the fresh fruit totally evens out all the chocolate in the brownies, right? He sure thought so and polished off at least half of these brownie tarts all by himself.
Start off by making the brownies according to the package directions or to your favorite recipe. Bake the brownies in a well-greased or nonstick 8 x 8-inch pan. You can also line your pan with parchment paper to make for easy removal.
Once the brownies are completely cooked, allow them to cool. Instead of slicing them into small squares, I sliced them into large bars in the shape of a flag, meaning more rectangular. See the left photo for a reference to size.
Next comes the frosting. I used from-the-tub cream cheese frosting — another preference of my husband's. He detests plain vanilla and actually doesn't really like the whipped either. And since these brownies were for him, cream cheese frosting was what I used.
I put the frosting into a frosting bag fitted with a #3 tip. You could also put the frosting into a small plastic bag and cut off the very tip of a corner.
Pipe stripes across the brownies, leaving a section blank for where the "stars" will go.
Where the "stars" will be positioned, pipe 4 large dots. Place 4 blueberries securely onto the dots.
Now it's time to slice up some strawberries to create the red stripes on this dessert flag. First off, remove the stems. Next, slice the strawberries thinly from top to bottom, and then cut each slice thinly to form strips.
Place the strawberry strips onto every second line of the piped frosting lines to create the red stripes of the flag.
Finally, place some white chocolate chips on the remaining frosting lines to create the white stripes of the flag.
Repeat these steps until all the brownies are decorated like flags. And there you have it — a simple yet delicious brownie with fresh fruit and white chocolate made to look like the American flag.
By the way, my husband was very impressed with his treat.
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