So I'm just gonna go right ahead and say that these didn't exactly turn out the way I hoped they would. That melty mess you see up there is actually supposed to be a group of beautiful ice cream topped brownie bites coated in magic shell. But due to technical difficulties I ran into, it's not. And rather than be ashamed of my epic failure, I am flaunting it for you all to see because I think it's absolutely hilarious.
I'm not exactly sure what went wrong. But if I had to take an educated guess, I would say it was probably the ice cream. I used Breyer brand, and I did notice when I was topping the brownies that it was sort of watery and got melty really quick. But I didn't think much of it since I was going to freeze the bites anyway.
Looking back on it now, that probably should have been a warning sign. As soon as I dipped my first frozen brownie bite into the magic shell coating, the edges of the ice cream melted and didn't get coated properly. The middle gratefully survived, and that's why you see a not half-bad crackled magic shell in the picture below.
However, the brownie bites after that weren't so lucky. I actually left them in the freezer and took them out one by one specifically so that they wouldn't get warm. But I kid you not, the second I dunked the next bite into the coating, it literally just disintegrated. And not only did it not get coated, but the ice cream ended up melting into the magic shell coating and messing it up.
There was no way I could salvage it at that point and I wasn't about to make a new batch, so I just started plopping the now thickened chocolate on top of the brownie bites hoping it would 'magically' firm up. But it just kept oddly sliding off the ice cream, at which point, I threw in my towel.
The good news in all this is that the brownies themselves turned out quite delicious. So, if you wanted, you could skip the whole magic shell thing and just eat them straight from the freezer. But, if you think you're up for the challenge, then I'll post the recipe below and you guys can give it a shot. Just make sure you don't use Breyer's ice cream, or any runny ice cream for that matter.
P.S. Further thinking has led me to believe that my lack of swift dunking skills MAY have contributed to this hot mess. I guess we'll never know.
Ice Cream Brownie BitesYield: 6 mini brownie bites
Ingredients:2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
pinch of vanilla powder (or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract)
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream (or any ice cream of your choice)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 6 cups in a non-stick mini muffin pan with some oil. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. Stir in egg yolk. The mixture will get thick at this point, but just keep stirring. Stir in vanilla, salt, and flour.
Divide batter between prepared muffin cups. (My batter came out to be dough-like, so I just rolled it into 6 balls then pressed each ball down into the cups). Bake for exactly 11 minutes. Let cool completely in muffin pan.
While the brownies are cooling, take the ice cream out to soften it slightly. Scoop some ice cream onto the top of each brownie. Press down with the back of a spoon to flatten slightly. Freeze for 15-20 minutes.
Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together over a double broiler, or in a microwave. Quickly dunk each frozen brownie bite into the magic shell topping; the topping should harden instantly. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Dessert For Two