October 7, 2020

Evil Dead Necronomicon brownies #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Disclosure: This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I was sent samples by the sponsor company, but as always opinions are my own.
 
Finished brownies in the baking dish with the carved face, sitting by a skull candle holder and a copy of the Army of Darkness DVD.

Spooky and delicious brownies are made into an edible replica of the Necronomicon, or The Book of the Dead, from the 1980's campy horror movie classic Evil Dead trilogy. 

"Gimme some sugar, baby." 

I've been thinking about this recipe idea since last Halloween and I've finally made it happen. If you are a fan of horror movies, then you are familiar with the Evil Dead trilogy (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness) and The Book of the Dead, or the Necronomicon. They turned out pretty groovy if I do say so myself!

These brownies are perfect for an adult Halloween party or for a horror movie night. They take some time to make, but most of that time is spent shaping and perfecting the face to your liking. I viewed many images of the Necronomicon online and then shaped the frosting free hand using a fork, a spoon, and my fingers with a couple of images open on my laptop for reference. 

Three photos together showing how to shape the face into the bronie frosting.

The easy no whip brownie frosting recipe here works well because it is thick and sets rather quickly. Once you have the texture you want and the impressions for the eyes, nose, and mouth, you make a simple dark chocolate ganache and spoon it into those impressions. 

It's rustic and that's okay because so is the book in the movie and there are many replicas all with variations. The layers of different chocolate flavors here create a super decadent and delicious chocolate dessert.

Close-up of a finished tray of brownies decorated and shaped to look like the Book of the Dead.

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Yield: about 15 brownies
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
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Evil Dead Necronomicon Brownies

Evil Dead Necronomicon Brownies

Spooky and delicious brownies are made into an edible replica of the Necronomicon, or The Book of the Dead, from the 1980's campy horror movie classic Evil Dead trilogy.

Ingredients

For the brownies
  • cooking spray
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
For the frosting
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate chips

Instructions

For the brownies
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla into the saucepan with the melted butter. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Add the cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Pour into the baking pan and spread the batter evenly.
  5. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the edges are peeling away from the pan and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool slightly and make the frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Have your photos ready to begin to make the face.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, butter, and sugar. Cook iver medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar is melted. Let the mixture come to a boil. Let the mixture boil at a rapid boil for 30 seconds while stirring.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour over the warm brownies.
  4. Let the frosting cool for a couple of minutes, until it just begins to set. Then use a spoon and your fingers to begin to scoop out the frosting and make holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. This is where you will put the ganache. Place the excess frosting in a bowl and then use some to build up the areas around the eyes, nose, and mouth as needed to replicate the face and give it a 3D effect. Use a fork to drag around the rest of the frosting to create the ridges, as desired. When you are satisfied, let the frosting set while you make the ganache.
For the ganache
  1. Place the heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan and heat until it just begins to simmer and is heated through, but do not boil.
  2. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Pour the hot whipping cream over the chocolate and stir it with a metal spoon until it is smooth.
  3. When smooth, spoon the ganache into the eyes, nose, and mouth until they are full. Use a toothpick to drag some though the deeper ridges of the face to create depth, if desired.
  4. Let cool. Wow your horror movie fans with your creation and then slice into squares when ready to eat.
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3 comments:

  1. You have absolutely nailed it! This is one perfect brownie for the Halloween, Amy.

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  2. Wow, what a FUN recipe! This looks awesome. Almost too neat to cut into. Although I would. :-)

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  3. This is an awesome recipe and such a creative way of making the face on the book.

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