Friday, June 24, 2011

Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies

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When it comes to brownies, I can be pretty picky. I like my brownies to be dense and fudgy, not cakey. However if I were to choose what my favorite brownie would be, any cheesecake brownie would easily have my vote. When I spotted the recipe for these Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies, I knew I had to make them. Not only was cream cheese involved, but the addition of raspberry jam with chocolate really caught my attention. These brownies were so decadent with its swirled cream cheese and raspberry jam throughout a perfect chocolate batter.

These brownies are quite easy to make. After preparing a simple, yet delicious, brownie batter, half of it is layered into a baking pan. The sweet cream cheese filling tops off the brownie batter, which is then spread smooth. Warmed raspberry jam is then dolloped over the cream cheese layer and swirled in with a tip of a knife. The rest of the brownie batter is layered on top and the whole thing is baked to perfection. These would make a great dessert for any picnic or cookout and I've already gotten requests to make them again...

Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies
recipe from Cook's Illustrated

For the Filling:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Brownies:
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup raspberry jam, divided
1 1/4cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing excess to hang over edges. Grease foil.

Process cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla with a hand mixer until smooth.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Microwave butter and chocolate in a large bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 minute. Whisk in 1/4 cup jam and let cool slightly.

Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to chocolate mixture, stirring until combined. Whisk in flour mixture until incorporated.

Microwave remaining 1/4 cup jam until warm—15 to 30 seconds.

Scrape half of brownie batter into prepared pan. Spread into even layer. Dollop cream cheese filling over brownie batter and spread into even layer. Dollop jam over filling and using tip of knife, gently swirl jam through filling. Spread remaining brownie batter evenly over filling.

Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few dry crumbs attached, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan and cut into 1 1/2 inch squares. Serve.

8 comments:

Tina @flourtrader said...

These look really tasty. I have had the cream cheese brownies but never with the addition of fruit. That is something that I made need to try. Thanks for sharing-Yum

Sandra said...

Yum to infinity and beyond!!

Arudhi said...

Brownies with cream cheese?? Fantastic! Thanks for the recipe! I think I`m going to give it a try :)

Neil B said...

Just found your blog and I love it!

Definitely going to try this one - I'm new to the USA so I really need to develop my good old American baking skills...

Neil

(Check out the blog: neilcooksgrigson.blogspot.com)

Laura said...

These look delicious and combine so many flavors I enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

bluang3lbby said...

Those look so good. But I wonder instead of the raspberry jam if I could substitute this raspberry flavoring mix I got instead. Hmm I may just have to test it out since I have such a big bottle, size of a standard wine bottle.

Katie said...

Those raspberries really elevate these bars to the next level. What a beautiful photograph!

goodbyegluten said...

Hello There!
These look so delicious that I am trying to make them gluten free so I can have some! (They're in the oven now....)

I hope mine turn out as beautifully as yours.

Thanks!
Nikki

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