Memorial Day signals the beginning of cookout season and that means bringing a dish to share wherever you go. I'm happy to bring whatever is required and find that having a short, delicious list of recipes at the ready is ideal. When dessert is asked of me I like to make this Mint Brownie Tart. It is a snap to make and tastes like a grown up Junior Mint. Who doesn't love that?
Every time I bring this treat the crowd goes wild because it has a bit of everything. The chocolate brownie bottom always makes the kids happy, and the grown ups like the fluffy mint frosting. Together it makes the perfect package, especially when topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.
For the baker the best part about this dessert is that it can be made ahead. In fact, it tastes better when it is made before-hand because the brownie has a chance to cool and get fudgy. Also, the cooler it is the easier it is to slice.
Having a repertoire of go-to family-friendly recipes to turn to on a moment's notice is the theme of my latest cookbook, The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to Carry You Through the Year. It is filled with delicious recipes and practical advice that will help you fill your home and your loved ones with food everyone will enjoy.
Recipe: Mint Brownie Tart
Makes 1 10-inch tart
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For the Frosting:
Kelsey Banfield is the author of The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to Carry You Through the Year. In it you'll find all sorts of edible crafts, menus for festive occasions, and tips for your family garden. Follow Kelsey on Twitter.
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