Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sacred Heart Strawberry Brownie Treat

This post was written by Catholic Cuisine contributor, Charlotte from Waltzing Matilda.

I made this for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart which has passed for this year but since June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart, I thought I would share it in the event that someone might want to make it before the month ends. I baked this in my Wilton heart shaped pan but there are instructions for turning 1 round and 1 square cake into a heart shape. (This recipe only makes one pan of brownies so if you wanted to use the instructions above, you'd need a double batch.)

One Bowl Brownies
1/2 C. butter
1 C. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 C. all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour your pan. I also line mine with parchment paper just on the bottom to make sure it turns out of the pan easily.
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in eggs, sugar and vanilla.
3. Beat in cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder.
4. Spread into pan and bake for 25 - 30 mins. Do not overcook.
5. Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edge of the brownies to make sure they release from the sides of the pan. Allow to cool completely on cooling rack before turning out.

To decorate, I used chopped up strawberries mixed with a spoonful of sugar tossed in and spooned onto the brownie.  The crown of thorns was made with melted chocolate chips. I piped them with a plastic baggie onto some wax paper and then set them in the fridge to firm up. If you place it over the strawberries when it's firm but not completely set, you can gently press it to wrap around the strawberries. If you wait until it's too firm and try to bend it, it will crack, like mine did. :D

The flames were made out of clementine slices and extra strawberry slices with two mini-candy bars for the cross. You could also use pretzel rods or graham cracker pieces if you don't have any candy bars.

“Our Lord Jesus Christ desires that we should, for sanctifying ourselves, glorify His all-loving Heart; for it was His Heart that suffered the most in His Sacred Humanity.” ~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Sacred Heart Cupcakes

Happy Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! 

Using Wilton Heart Silicone Baking Cups for the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts simply fill and bake with your favorite cupcake batter. We used the red baking cups for the Sacred Heart Cupcake and the pink baking cups for the Immaculate Heart Cupcakes (not pictured). 


Cover each cupcake with white frosting, add a red heart to the center of each cookie with red frosting, using additional yellow or orange frosting to create a flame, then add chocolate sprinkles to represent the thorns across the center.

Wishing you all a very blessed Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! 
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

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