Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cream Cheese Brownies

This recipe was inspired (and found) by of one of my friends/coworkers. She has been having a cream cheese brownie craving for sometime... and she sent me this recipe, from the Joy of Baking on Monday. She wasn't having the best of days, her husbands company closed its' doors that morning...and they became one of the millions of families feeling the affects of our troubled economy. Needless to say, the girl REALLY deserved some home-made brownies... and who am I to refuse!!
This is a very easy recipe and literally came together in about 10 minutes. The only change I made was I used a Pamela's Gluten Free baking mix instead of all purpose flour. Thankfully the conversion was a success, and they were just as the recipes described.. very fudgy, rich and delectable!!Cream Cheese Brownies-
*Joy of Baking-
Medrich, Alice. 'Cookies and Brownies'. Warner Books, Inc. New York: 1999.

Makes about 16 - 2 inch squares.

Brownie Layer:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour ( I used Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Layer-
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Have ready a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) square baking pan that has been lined with aluminum foil across the bottom and up two opposite sides of the pan. Set aside.

In a stainless steel (heatproof) bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well (with a wooden spoon or spatula) after each addition. Stir in the flour and salt and beat, with a wooden spoon, until the batter is smooth and glossy and comes away from the sides of the pan (about one minute). Remove 1/2 cup of the brownie batter and set aside. Place the remainder of the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Then in the bowl of your food processor (or with a hand mixer), process the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla, and egg and process until creamy and smooth. Spread the cream cheese filling over the brownie layer. Spoon small dollops of the reserved brownie batter evenly on top of the cream cheese filling. Then with a table knife or wooden skewer, swirl the two batters without mixing them.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until the brownies start to pull away from the sides of the pan and the edges of the brownies are just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate the brownies until they are firm enough to cut into squares (at least two hours). Once chilled, remove the brownies from the pan by lifting with the ends of the foil and transfer to a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut into 16 squares. It is a good idea to have a damp cloth nearby to wipe your knife between cuts. These brownies can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.


Bill Sterling said...

Gluten free, but not guilt free... these were tooooo good!

vibi said...

Wooooohooooo! I want mine in the form of an injection!!! LOL I'm keeping this one for when I have one of those... "Help me God" sweet crave! LOL Thanks for sharing, Banjo!

Pamela said...

Holy Moly! Those look seriously good.

Erin said...

These look seriously good! I love cream cheese and chocolate.

Sharon said...

WHOA. Those look great! I think any bad day of mine would be better after a few of these.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't believe those are gluten free. I love brownies and I love cheesecake. What a great combo!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Oh, my, heavens.....these look so good!

Natashya said...

I love cream cheese in my chocolate brownies, these look delish!

LyB said...

Can you believe I've never had cream cheese brownies? I really have to try those, they look incredible!

Alisa@Foodista said...

Oh my thighs will never forgive me for making this, but who cares...they look so yummy!

Anonymous said...

If I'm using a GF flour instead of the baking mix, do I need to add any kind of leavening (baking powder, etc)?

Banjo said...

Pamela's already has leavening agent in it, so yes if you use any other flours you will need to add it. I would do a 1 1/2 tsp of Xanthan gum and 1 tsp baking soda... (maybe google to see what is a good combo??) But you will need both for sure.

gena said...

hello, i made these yesterday and they were delicious! however i did have a question...

mine tasted mostly like brownies, but the consistency was that of fudge. did i do something wrong? i followed the recipe exactly except i used all purpose flower. i also swirled the chocolate and cream cheese quite a bit. could this have caused it?

thanks! :)

Banjo said...

Hey Gena-

HMM you know I dont know what happened. The original recipe obviously called for all purpose. When I adapted to GF, it came out perfectly.. very brownie like. Maybe add a bit more flour next time, and bake longer??

Hope that helps.. wish I had the answer for you, but I have only made them GF.