Heart Shaped Food Day 9: Banana Upside-Down Brownie Hearts

Um, wow! I’m not sure what else to say. Other than I could not stop eating these and had to call my neighbor to come over and rescue me from a brownie overdose. She was more than happy to pry these gooey treats from my hands and called me later to ask if I would take them back because she found herself in the same predicament. You must make these for Valentine’s Day, they are rich and chocolate-y and caramel-y with banana goodness to boot. Just make sure you are not alone when baking or they may not survive.

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  • Cutting the Parchment Paper 1 of 13
    Cutting the Parchment Paper
    Cut the parchment paper diagonally toward the center on each corner.
  • Fit the Baking Dish with Parchment 2 of 13
    Fit the Baking Dish with Parchment
    It doesn't have to be perfect, just overlap the edges.
  • Making The Caramel Sauce 3 of 13
    Making The Caramel Sauce
  • Get The Sauce To This Consistency 4 of 13
    Get The Sauce To This Consistency
  • Making The Brownies 5 of 13
    Making The Brownies
    I like to add some chocolate chips for extra chocolate-y goodness.
  • Slice The Bananas 6 of 13
    Slice The Bananas
  • Pour In And Spread The Sauce 7 of 13
    Pour In And Spread The Sauce
  • Layer With Bananas 8 of 13
    Layer With Bananas
  • Cover With Brownie Batter 9 of 13
    Cover With Brownie Batter
  • Fully Baked 10 of 13
    Fully Baked
    There's a secret under these brownies.
  • Flip The Brownies Over 11 of 13
    Flip The Brownies Over
    To reveal the secret decadence.
  • Cut Out Hearts 12 of 13
    Cut Out Hearts
  • Serve to Someone Special 13 of 13
    Serve to Someone Special

For the Brownies:

4 oz or squares of unsweetened baking chocolate

1/2 cup of butter

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 3/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Melt the baking chocolate and butter in small sauce pan, remove from heat and cool when melted. In the bowl of a mixer combine eggs vanilla sugar and salt nad mix on medium high for a few minutes. Turn the mixer down to low and slowly pour in the chocolate. Add the flour, mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

For the Topping:

1/3 cup pack brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter

3 ripe bananas sliced lengthwise

Melt the brown sugar and butter in a small pan over low until butter is melted and mixed with the brown sugar. Remove from heat and slice bananas. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper (see slideshow). Pour the topping onto the parchment paper and layer with bananas. Cover the bananas with the brownie batter and place in the oven for 30 -35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with soft crumbs, not liquid. Let cool for 10 minutes, then flip onto cutting board. Cut into hearts shapes and serve.

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sweet potato heart crackers

Chicken pot sticker hearts

raspberry mint sugar hearts

strawberry heart hand pies

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