Thursday, August 11, 2011

Brownie Shish Kabobs

We made these yummy kabobs and the kids went gaga for them! A little bit of brownie and lots of fruit drizzled with chocolate. Perfect!
Here they are drizzled with chocolate. Mmmmmm...
{{Brownie 'n Fruit Shish Kabobs}}

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1 box fudge brownie mix (including the water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for on the brownie mix)
4 cups fresh pineapple, chunks
5 cups halved fresh strawberries
10 large bananas, cut into 1 inch pieces (Brushed with lemon juice to prevent browning)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
21 (10 inch) bamboo skewers

Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 for dark or nonstick pans). Line 9x13 pan with foil or parchment paper and let it hang 2 inches over the side of the pan. Spray or grease only the bottom of the lined pan.

Make brownies as directed on box. {You can also make your favorite brownie recipe from scratch... if I'm using a box, I prefer the Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies and I have noticed since we live at a higher altitude it works best if I add 2 tablespoons of flour to the mix before adding the remaining ingredients.} Spread brownie batter in prepared pan.

Bake brownies for 26-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from the side comes out almost clean. Cool brownies completely.

While brownies are cooling, start cutting up all the fruit and brush the cut up bananas with a diluted lemon juice water {I did 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a 1/2 cup water and brushed it onto the bananas with a pastry brush}.

Lift brownie from pan and remove parchment paper/foil. Cut brownies into 1 1/4 inch squares.

Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Alternately thread 3 brownie squares, 2 pineapple chunks, 2 strawberry halves, and 2 banana slices on each skewer. Place kabobs on waxed paper.

In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and butter uncovered on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring once the chocolate is melted. Drizzle over kabobs.

***We made some without pineapple, some without banana, but all of them had strawberries. We wanted to satisfy the desires of all those that would be eating these. I actually cut the brownies a bit smaller and added more fruit when possible.

I had to include the kids... They were too busy eating to even smile! This was serious business. They were going GAGA!!!

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