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Adorable Sushi Brownie

April 28, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Chilled, Creative, Decadent, Fruit, Fun For Kids, Nutty, Off the Beaten Path

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These cute little bite-sized brownies LOOK like sushi but taste like a sweet tropical sunrise. Below, you’ll see how to do 2 flavor combinations: banana split sushi and kiwi-mango sushi. (But you can make up your own flavors!) This is a creative, super-fun idea that’s sure to get big applause at dessert time!

Kiwi, mango, and a toasted walnut float on a cloud of banana pudding, cupped in the sweet embrace of a tiny brownie. Sugar sprinkles masquerade as "rice." So cute!

BROWNIE INGREDIENTS

Mini muffin pan(s)

1 box brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines)

Egg(s), oil, and water as stated on the box instructions

 

FILLING INGREDIENTS (BANANA SPLIT)

1 pkg of 4 Snack Pack pre-made pudding cups, banana cream flavor

1 cup of large walnut pieces or halves, toasted

About 1/3 cup pineapple preserves (I used Smuckers)

About 15-20 maraschino cherries, coarsely chopped

Coarse sugar sprinkles (white color, to mimic the look of rice)

 

FILLING INGREDIENTS (KIWI-MANGO)

1 pkg of 4 Snack Pack pre-made pudding cups, banana cream flavor

1 cup of large walnut pieces or halves, toasted

2-3 kiwis, peeled and cut into small strips

1 mango, peeled and cut into small strips

Coarse sugar sprinkles (white color, to mimic the look of rice)

Here are the ingredients for the Banana Split Sushi Brownie.

DIRECTIONS
Make brownie batter according to box directions. Spoon batter into a well-greased mini-muffin pan, filling each cup about 7/8 full, nearly all the way.

To get good-sized sushi, fill your cups almost all the way with batter.

Bake as directed on box, but for a MUCH shorter time. My brownie-ettes needed only about 12 minutes. Test with a toothpick until it comes out almost clean.
While the oven is hot, place walnuts on a cookie sheet and toast them for 5-6 minutes at 350 F. Remove and let cool.
When brownies have cooled, carefully remove from pan. Using a sharp knife, cut out the middle of each brownie. I also had good success using a “melon-baller” utensil. Dig out a hole as large as you can, while keeping the sides intact. Be sure not to cut all the way down through the bottom.
What to do with the middles? Well, of course, you can eat them while  you work. Or, if you like, you can set aside the middles and frost them with green frosting so they look like piles of the sushi condiment called “wasabi.” (After eating their sushi brownies, your guests can wash it down with the extra bite of wasabi. Ridiculous fun, isn’t it?)
To start, stir your pudding cup. Mine was “banana cream” flavor, and it had 2 layers of 2 different colors, so I wanted to mix the layers for consistent color and flavor from one sushi piece to the next.
Add just 1/2 teaspoon of pudding into the bottom of each brownie.
Place a toasted walnut in the middle.
Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of pineapple preserves.
Add a piece or two of chopped maraschino cherry.
Add a ring of pudding around the edge, leaving your pretty fruit and nuts peeking out of the middle, just like a sushi roll.
At this point, you can store your treats in the frig for up to a few hours. Then, just before serving, add a garnish that will really take it over the top. To add the appearance of “rice,” shake some sugar sprinkles (white colored, of course) if you have them.
Serve with chopsticks and wait for the gasps and adoration.
DIRECTIONS FOR KIWI-MANGO
As above, begin with a small amount of banana pudding in the bottom of each brownie.
Add a walnut, plus a piece or two of both mango and kiwi.
Add a ring of pudding around the edge, leaving the pretty stuff in the middle showing, just like a sushi roll.
At this point, you can store your treats in the frig for up to a few hours. Then, just before serving, add a garnish that will really take it over the top. To add the appearance of “rice,” shake some sugar sprinkles (white colored, of course) if you have them.

So cute!

I made both flavors at once, and it made for a very pretty presentation!
Enjoy trying your sushi brownies at your next big gathering, and let me know which flavor you liked best: banana split or mango-kiwi!

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