Do you ever find yourself in the muck of life? Like you’re covered up in junk that you desperately just need to shake off and get free from? Maybe you’re wanting a clean slate or reset from the routine of heaviness and difficulty that you you find yourself in? Well, count me as a member in your crew because I’ve been there, and I think someone out there needs some encouragement and a little self-love in the form of these brownie petit fours.
I’m not sure this blog is the place to dive deep into difficult circumstances. Everyone’s story is unique, and your issues and the solutions for those issues are entirely different from mine. Call it hormones, call it a funk, or blame it all on spiritual oppression, but I’ve 100% been there recently, so I do feel it’s worth mentioning. In recent weeks, I wasn’t really feeling myself, my story, or the seat I had at the table, and it was just kinda… sad. You know what I’m talking about, right? We’re all there sometimes.
Thank God for friends who call it like it is and encourage us to get to where we need to be. We’re typically no stronger than the backs of the crew we lean on when things feel hard, and I’m thankful to have some of the most supportive and wise women this world has to offer on speed dial. Now, a month or so out from whatever that funk was, I’m working on learning to really love myself and take better care of all my parts. Lately, an extra-long walk or some form of exercise has felt like loving myself. A glass of wine (without a side of guilt!) or a few more minutes in the shower feels like loving myself. Even just shushing all the self-doubt and criticism long enough to really appreciate the person I am, the person I was created to be, feels like a step in the right direction. Like, “Hi! I’m Kate Wood! I’m not a complete disaster. I’m fearfully and wonderfully made! I have really good things to offer the world!”
I don’t know who out there needs to know that they’re awesome, but here it is: You Are Great. You’re deserving of any reset or fresh start you might feel like you need. Lean on the people who love you well and get comfortable with loving yourself. Self-love will look differently for you than it does for me, but I’d encourage you to take time to truly appreciate yourself. And if you’re here on this site, I have a feeling that self-love might include indulging in these brownie petit fours. Just maybe.
These brownie petit fours aren’t entirely practical. Practical is a 9″x13″ pan filled with a baked box mix of brownies. Practical is eating them one by one from the pan until it’s gone. These brownie petit fours are not practical- they’re EXTRA. They’re cute and fancy and feel like the type of food reserved for special occasions, and guess what: YOU ARE DESERVING OF SUCH THINGS. So today we’re making them. Let me give you the details.
To start, I’ve taken the super-rich, ultra-fudgy brownie base from my brownie ice cream sandwiches, and we bake them in the oven until baked through and chewy. Allow the brownies to cool completely and then pop them in the freezer while you make your ganache. Here’s where things get fancy: with the same brownies and ganache you can make two different types of brownie petit fours. The first option is a tiny bite-sized round of brownie with a drippy ganache glaze poured on top. The ganache firms up and forms a soft chocolate coating around the outside- YUM. Option number two is a slightly larger, double-stacked brownie with thick ganache piped on each layer. The result is a fancy tiered treat best shared with another person or eaten proudly by oneself. Either way, these brownie petit fours are altogether fab and worthwhile. You should totally make them.
I hope today wasn’t TMI. I know you guys come here for breads and cookies and cakes (not my own personal sob stories!), but I also feel like someone out there needs a hug and a little encouragement. Regardless, I hope you love yourself (or someone else!) by making these little brownie petit fours. Happy baking and have a great weekend!
If you like these brownie petit fours you should try:
Brownie Petit Fours
Make brownie petit fours with chocolate ganache in two ways!
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: Depends on Size of Brownies
- Category: Brownies
For the brownies:
- 4 ounces (about ¾ cup of chips) semisweet chocolate, chopped
- ¾ cup (12 T or 165 gm) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
- ½ cup (100 gm) light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1–1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup (65 gm) cocoa powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
For the ganache:
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or in morsels
- ¾ cup (6 ounces) heavy whipping cream
- Fleur de sel, for sprinkling
To prepare the brownies:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line one quarter sheet pan (or one 9”x13” pans) with foil that extends up the sides and grease with baking spray. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, gently heat the chocolate and butter, stirring regularly, just until barely melted. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs and the vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Spread the batter evenly in the pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted only comes out with a few moist crumbs. Set aside to cool completely.
- When ready to prepare your petit fours, place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Gently warm the cream in the microwave or on the stovetop until it is almost ready to begin bubbling. Pour the warm cream over the chocolate and whisk to combine until smooth. Gently heat in the microwave in 15 second increments until melted as needed.
- If you wish to make the tiny bite-sized chocolate-coated petit fours, use a tiny biscuit cutter or sturdy round cutter about 1 to 1-1/4” in size to trim out rounds from your cooled brownies. I prefer to freeze the brownies for about an hour prior to cutting to make the cutting easier. For larger stacked petit fours, use a 1-3/4 to 2” cutter to trim out rounds.
- For the tiny petit fours, place the small brownies on a cookie sheet set over a large bowl and spoon the warm liquid ganache over top. Use a fork to transfer the covered petit fours onto a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Allow to set up slightly before sprinkling with a bit of fleur de sel.
- For the large stacked petit fours, allow the ganache to set up slightly either on the counter or in the fridge until it turns into a slightly thickened but still pipeable fudgy consistency. Place the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a round tip and squeeze dollops into the center of each brownie round. Top one brownie with another and sprinkle the tops of each stack with sea salt, sprinkles, or whatever! Enjoy at room temperature!