Strawberry Chocolate Brownie Dessert Roll-Ups for #FWCon

by Renee on May 8, 2014

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A challenge ignited a vision of a new dessert. The vision included a visual aspect along with an interest peak and taste temptation. The goal was for it to have a sushi appearance. However the initial vision had some unexpected complications. One of the components did not perform as expected and the taste was not right. All that could be done is to move on and try a different approach. The vision was realized with the second attempt at Strawberry Chocolate Brownie Dessert Roll-Ups.

What component did not work? Initially I thought of using fruit roll-ups. What I discovered is they do not cut easily even with a serrated knife. The flavor overwhelmed everything else. It probably doesn’t help that I don’t care for fruit roll-ups either. I really don’t know why I considered using them. What to use instead? Rice paper was the first option. Then I thought of crepes. Oh yea! That was it. Chocolate crepes would be perfect.

Strawberry Chocolate Brownie Dessert Roll Ups | Magnolia Days

Crepes brought on the next challenge. I’ve never made them before. The fun of making something new in the process of a dessert creation was too much to resist. I researched recipes and discovered they all have basic components. I put together what I thought would work. A little while later and I had a stack of chocolate crepes cooling down and almost ready to roll. I already baked triple chocolate brownies the day before. It was all coming together nicely.

Strawberry Chocolate Brownie Dessert Roll Ups | Magnolia Days

Strawberry Chocolate Brownie Dessert Roll-Ups are easy to put together. All you have to do is spread strawberry cream cheese on a chocolate crepe, put strips of brownies near the edge, roll, and slice. Use your favorite crepe or brownie recipe or the ones below. There will be extra brownies and crepes however I’m sure you will find a use for them (or just make more roll-ups). The important question is how they taste. As my husband said: “Oh, these are good!”. They are creamy, chocolate-y, bites that are both eye-catching and irresistible.

What challenge ignited the vision? Dixie Crystals has a contest to create a brownie dessert for the Food and Wine Conference. First place prize is $500 plus conference ticket and more. You can find out how to enter and all the details here: Dixie Crystals Brownie Dessert Contest. To my fellow food bloggers: it’s time to get your vision ignited and enter your creation in the contest. Have fun creating and I hope to see you at the conference!

Strawberry Chocolate Brownie Dessert Roll-Ups

2 hours, 30 minutes

Makes about 36 roll-ups

Strawberry Chocolate Brownie Dessert Roll-Ups

    For the brownies:
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • For the chocolate crepes:
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons (approx.) unsalted butter
  • For the assembly:
  • 16 ounces strawberry cream cheese spread
For the brownies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper with at least 1-inch overhang on two sides. Lightly grease parchment paper.

Stir together the chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of the flour in a small bowl.

Whisk together remaining flour and salt in a separate small bowl.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large non-reactive bowl over a pan of simmering water. When the chocolate and butter has melted, remove it from the heat and stir in sugar and cocoa powder.

Whisk in vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Stir in flour until just moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out with some moist clumps clinging to it.

Cool brownies in the pan on a wire rack. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper.

Place brownies on a cutting board and slice into squares.

For the chocolate crepes:

Combine eggs, flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a blender. Blend until mixture is a smooth batter. Scrap down sides of blender as needed to incorporate all ingredients.

Chill batter for at least 1 hour.

Heat a 10-inch non-stick crepe pan or skillet over medium heat.

Melt a thin slice of butter in the pan and spread melted butter around the pan.

Pour 1/4 batter into the pan and quickly lift the pan and tilt it around to form an even coating of batter on the bottom of the pan.

Cook until set, about 1 minute.

Loosen the edges with a spatula and carefully flip the crepe over. Cook for about 30 seconds.

Transfer crepe to a plate. Repeat with the remaining butter and batter.

You can layer parchment or wax paper between crepes to keep them from sticking together.

Cool crepes completely.

To assemble the roll-ups:

Spread a thin layer of strawberry cream cheese on a crepe.

Cut brownie into strips and lay the strips near the edge of the crepe.

Roll up crepe starting with the brownie edge. Slice into bite-sized pieces. Chill until serving.

Notes

There will be leftover crepes and brownies. Both can be frozen for later use or enjoyment.

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Christine from Cook the Story May 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

These are SO decadent and beautiful!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:41 am

Oh yes, and worth every bit of decadent splurge.

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious May 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

wow, you hit that one out of the park!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

Thanks Dorothy. We will see if it is a winning recipe soon.

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Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg May 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

Wow, amazing!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

Thank you Norma

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Holly May 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Wow! What an inspired and creative dessert! I know these must taste as good as they look and they are amazing!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

They sure do taste great. They disappeared quickly.

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dina May 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

these are so unique and look delish!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

Thank you Dina

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked May 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Renee! You’re a baking genius! I would’ve never thought of making something this creative, unique and downright beautiful. What an amazing combination of flavours and textures in these roll-ups. I’m glad you ditched the fruit roll-up idea. As much as I loved them as a kid, I don’t think I could stomach them now. The chocolate crepes are much better and bravo on a wonderful first attempt. I’ve tried crepes once and they were an epic fail. This looks amazing!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thanks Nancy and your compliment made my day.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required May 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

Clever and beautiful. What a perfect combination, Renee!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thanks so much Betsy.

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Jamie May 9, 2014 at 7:05 am

I love this! Crepes are perfect and I wonder why I never thought of it before? And chocolate and strawberry are perfect. You know, the possibilities for other flavor combos is endless!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

Thanks Jamie and so true about the many possibilities of flavor combos.

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Stacy May 10, 2014 at 12:28 am

These are absolutely gorgeous, Renee! Crepes are a typical breakfast at our house but I never, ever thought to make them with chocolate.

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

Thanks Stacy. Now that I’ve made crepes and see how easy it is I’m sure I’ll be making them for breakfast more often.

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Anita at Hungry Couple May 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Nice! I’ll take a dozen, please.

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:33 am

Sending them virtually to you.

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Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva May 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Delicious! I bet this is a hit!

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:32 am

Thanks Christy and it sure was a hit at my house.

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