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Brownies with strawberries on top on a piece of parchment paper

Easy Freeze Dried Strawberry Brownies

Let’s make homemade strawberry brownies! This recipe uses freeze dried strawberries in the batter for ease and texture, semisweet chocolate, and cocoa for plenty of flavor, and then the brownies are topped with a layer of chocolate ganache. Thick, decadent and delicious — exactly how a homemade chocolate brownies should be!
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Course: bars
Cuisine: American
Diet: Kosher
Keyword: brownies with strawberries, easy brownie recipe, strawberry brownies, valentines day desserts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Sam Adler

Ingredients

For the Brownies

  • 1 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 oz semi sweet chocolate about a heaping 1 cup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs large
  • 2/3 rd cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

For the Ganache

  • 6 oz semi sweet chocolate about 1 heaping cup
  • 3 oz cream a little more than 1/3rd cup

Instructions

Make the brownies

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper or spray with baking spray.
  • Using a spice grinder, small blender, or food processor, grind the 1 1/2 cups freeze dried strawberries until they are pulverized and almost powder like. It's ok if not all pieces are the same size. Set aside.
    Pulverized freeze dried strawberries in a glass bowl.
  • In a medium size microwavable safe bowl, melt the 1/2 cup butter and 6 oz chocolate together, 30 seconds at a time until fully melted. Add in the 1 cup sugar, 3 eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix on low to medium speed with a hand mixer or whisk by hand.
  • Add in the freeze dried strawberries, 2/3rd cup flour, 2 tbsp cocoa, and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix until combined.
    Dry ingredients for strawberry brownies in a large glass bowl.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 28-30 mins until the edges of the pan start to break away. Cool.
    Strawberry brownie batter in a pan

Make the Ganache

  • Add the 6 oz of chocolate to a heat safe bowl, preferably shallow. In another small bowl, heat the 3 oz of cream in the microwave (30 second at a time, 2x should be ok), or over the stove top just until the edges start to simmer. Do not bring to a full boil or the cream will curdle.
    Chocolate and cream in a white bowl on a white surface.
  • Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 3 mins but do not stir it yet! After 3 minutes, stir with a spatula until smooth. When the brownies are cool, spread the ganache over the brownies. Chill for 10 mins in the fridge and garnish with more freeze dried strawberries.

Notes

When measuring the cream for the ganache make sure you use a liquid measuring cup and not a dry measuring cup. 
You can leave the ganache off if you don't want to take the extra steps!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Freeze Dried Strawberry Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 140mg6%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 311IU6%
Vitamin C 271mg328%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.