Thursday, December 19, 2013

♥ Cream Cheese Brownies with Chocolate Ganache


























 I did a lot of baking this past weekend for a church bake sale that was raising money for the homeless living here on the streets of Maryland. I wanted to make sure I made some real eye catchers so they would be sure to sell. Now let me ask you....if you saw these sitting on a table for sale, would you buy them? They are as delicious as they look! 


Cream Cheese Brownies with Chocolate Ganache 

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper. Or you can double the recipe and make a 9 x 13 pan of brownies.

Melt butter and chocolate in microwave on medium. Stir once melted. Remove and set aside to cool. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar. Once combined, add the vanilla and salt. Then slowly add in the cooled chocolate and butter mixture. Next add the flour a little at a time until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until set. Allow brownies to cool completely before going to the next step.

Cheesecake Filling

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

In a large bowl that has been chilled, beat the heavy cream until you see soft peaks. Add the sugar and blend well. In another large bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth then fold in the whipped cream you just made. Spread on top of cooled brownies. Chill in the refrigerator while making your Ganache topping.

Ganache

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter

Place chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Set aside. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and cream over medium heat, stirring constantly. When mixture is almost boiling, pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 30 seconds. Then, stir until smooth. Pour ganache over cooled brownies and spread evenly. Allow ganache to get firm before cutting brownies. I usually put mine in the refrigerator to firm it up quickly.

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6 comments :

  1. Hi there! I came across your delightful blog via Pinterest :) Wow, your recipes looks amazing and have my mouth watering. I am now happily following along and I look forward to visiting again. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  2. I made these wonderful brownies this week. So, so good! Never had such a dense, moist brownie in my life.

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  3. Thanks for not listing the calorie count!!

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  4. I just made this recipe and it is delicious#

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  5. Thanks for this recipe. Made this for the Packer game yesterday and all that is left are crumbs. I doubled the recipe and made a 9 X 13. My question is when one doubles this do you double ALL the layers? I did and it seems like the cream cheese layer was a lot thicker than the photo. Regardless--it was a big CROWD PLEASURE. Thank-you.

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