Sunday, March 21, 2010

Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies

The ultimate brownie indulgence!

I always bake a little treat for Veggie Husband’s lunchbox every week, so this is the latest effort.
It is impossibly rich.

1/2 cup butter
60g cooking chocolate
Cream cheese filling… a little further down
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I omitted these)

1. Heat your oven to 180C. You can grease the bottom and sides of a rectangular 13x9 inch pan or you can be lazy like me and line it with a huge sheet of baking paper!

2. Melt butter and chocolate. I did this in the microwave, in a glass bowl. cook in 20-second bursts and stir after every time. Cool 5 minutes If, like me, you use chocolate chips which aren’t designed to melt… it will take forever. I recommend cooking chocolate!

3. Make cream cheese filling, set aside.

4. Beat chocolate mixture, sugar, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. It looked a little anaemic here so I added a tablespoon of cocoa. Beat in flour and salt.

5. Spread 3/4 batter in pan. Spread filling over batter, and you can either drop random pieces of the reserved batter, or drizzle it like I did.

6. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

7. Try to stop yourself from eating the whole thing in one go.

Cream Cheese Filling

1 packet cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

1. Beat until smooth. easy, huh?

Recipe from Betty Crocker.

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