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{flavor stories} sweetheart sundaes...
13 Feb 2012

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Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to make mention of a few of my favorite things— chocolate, ice cream and sprinkles! Put them together and there you have it...Sweetheart Sundaes! They're perfect for a girls get-together, that special someone, or {if you're anything like me} for no reason at all!

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For the brownies, you'll need:

1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup cocoa, sifted
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder

Here's how:
1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter, sugars, and cocoa on medium until well combined.
2. Remove from heat and stirring continuously, add eggs one at a time.
3. Add vanilla and mix.
4. Stir in remaining dry ingredients.
5. Pour into a prepared 9"x13" pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the center is just dry.
6. Let cool to room temperature.

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To assemble the sundaes:
1. Cut brownies into desired shapes {I like hearts or circles}.
2. Place one brownie in the bottom of a parfait cup.
3. Add a few slices of preserved hibiscus flowers.  
3. Next, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
4. Finish with warm ganache and white nonpareils and decorate {I made glitter hearts this time but cake flags would be cute too!}.

*For a banana split-like alternative, omit the hibiscus flowers and replace with sliced mini bananas, toasted almonds, and a dollop of whipped cream.

Now cuddle up to someone you love and enjoy!
Nikole

{photos by Michael Graydon, styling by Nikole Herriott for Oh Joy}

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