Last updated on May 11th, 2019
Frosted earl grey brownies baked in a loaf pan and topped with rose petals for a romantic Valentine’s Day dessert for two! Adapted from the Best Ever Frosted Brownies from Sweet & Simple by Christina Lane, these brownies are exactly that with the perfect chewy balance between fudgy and cakey.
The base for these earl grey brownies comes from my friend Christina’s newest cookbook Sweet & Simple. When a brownie boasts as “Best Ever Frosted Brownies” you should probably pull out the cocoa powder and preheat the oven. No questions asked.
In her cookbook (and on her blog), Christina scales down her recipes for small batches. This pan makes 8 brownies, or by Christina’s math, two servings – SHE GETS ME. Sweet & Simple is filled with perfectly-tested classic desserts and a few uniquely decadent flavor pairings – all with simple recipe steps and all scaled down for small servings. Just as I did here with these earl grey brownies, many of these foolproof recipes are the perfect canvas for adding your own spin without worrying about having to dump out a huge batch of brownies.
I took her best ever frosted brownies and swapped out the all-purpose flour for a buckwheat flour blend to turn the brownies gluten-free and mixed in ground earl grey tea to give them my own twist. Christina wasn’t lying – these frosted brownies are the best ever. Chewy, fudgy, and cakey all at once.
Buckwheat’s chocolatey notes enhanced the cocoa’s richness and paired brilliantly with the citrusy earl grey infusion. I used to think chocolate was such an assertive flavor that it would overpower anything you mixed in that wasn’t equally as aggressive. These brownies debunk that belief – they’re are kissed with subtle notes of earl grey tea that are still pungent enough to alter the flavor profile of the entire brownie with hints of bergamot. The rose petals thrown on top add floral aromatics that fancy up the brownies into a Valentine’s Day-worthy dessert.
I drink tea as soon as I wake up, so I vote you just go head a serve up an earl grey brownie breakfast-in-bed for two (or one…). Just make sure you’ve got a foaming cup of Todd’s stunning rose earl grey tea latte on the side.
The small serving size is also great for folks with no self control around chocolate (ahem: me). You’re just one cookbook and one pan away from homemade brownie perfection, y’all! This book beefs up your Valentine’s Day game like woah – pre-order your copy to ship on February 7th! Then make her perfect sugar cookies (I did) and lemon matcha cake roll (I will), and once you’ve done that, will you be my Valentine?
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Earl Grey Brownies
Chocolate Earl Grey Frosting
Adapted with permission from Sweet & Simple by Christina Lane