Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Brownie and Fruit Kabobs

What is it with food on a stick? People go crazy for them! I've seen sushi on a stick, french toast kabobs, chicken nuggets on a stick, zucchini lollipops, deep fried ravioli skewers, strawberry shortcake kabobs, and don't get me started on the cake pop craze. 

Both kids and adults will pretty much eat anything ending in kabob, pop, lollipop, or on a stick. Of course I had to jump on the bandwagon and make these brownie and fruit kabobs. I made them red, white, and blue with strawberries, marshmallows, and blueberries. My kids go nuts over marshmallows, but you could also use bananas. 

I'm a chocoholic so I had to include a brownie. I used my favorite light fudge brownie recipe, but converted it to gluten-free. Feel free to use the original recipe though. I cut them into stars which took extra time and effort, but these would still be cute cut into squares. To make them extra festive, I drizzled them with a little white chocolate. You can't have too much chocolate, right?! 

Make these for your next summertime party, and I guarantee there won't be a kabob, pop, or skewer (or whatever you decide to call them) left in sight. 

Brownie and Fruit Kabobs
Servings: depends on the cookie cutter/size of brownie (usually ~20 for the stars)

Gluten-free fudge brownies (for regular brownies with all-purpose flour use this recipe):
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. gluten-free flour blend, such as Cup-4-Cup* (3 1/2 oz)
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (4 oz.) 60% bittersweet cocoa baking bar (such as Ghirardelli), chopped into chunks, divided
1/2 cup milk
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
White chocolate chips for drizzle
Cooking spray

Other ingredients:
Strawberries, sliced in half
Large marshmallows, sliced in half (or bananas)

Wooden skewers, 9 3/4 inch long

(*Note: Cup-4-Cup can be purchased from Amazon here or at local specialty food stores. It includes xanthan gum in the flour blend so additional xanthan gum is not necessary.)

To prepare the brownies, preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. (Leave an overhang of parchment paper so the brownies can be lifted out of the pan.) Lightly spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, sugar, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt together, breaking apart any large clumps. Set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the chocolate chunks and milk together. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds, or until the chocolate has melted. Add the butter, vanilla, and eggs to the melted chocolate mixture; stir to combine. 

Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the liquid ingredients into the well. Stir with a spatula until just combined. Fold in the remaining chocolate chunks. 

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for about 20-22 minutes for 9 x 13, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. 

Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Once the brownies are completely cool, use the parchment paper to lift the brownies out the pan. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter or cut into squares with a sharp knife. (If using a cookie cutter, use a sharp knife to trim excess brownie away from the outside of the cutter before lifting. Transfer the brownie to a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Gently use your fingers to push the brownie out of the cookie cutter.)

Place a handful of white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for about a minute or until melted; stir. Using a spoon or fork, gently drizzle the white chocolate over the brownie. 

To prepare the kabobs, place one-half strawberry on the skewer. Add one-half marshmallow, then 3 blueberries. Gently thread a brownie onto the skewer. Then add another 3 blueberries, one-half marshmallow, and one-half strawberry. 

Source: brownies adapted from Cooking Light, Jan/Feb 2012 

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