Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies with Baileys
For adults only, these creamy, fudgy, chocolaty cream cheese brownies are so good and so easy to make I am sure you will add them to your favourite brownies collection. I have been experimenting with brownies for a few days with different results in textures. Some were cake-like with a crackly top layer, some were light, others heavier. A lot of chocolate came and went through my kitchen this week. This one seems to have just the right texture and it’s soooo good. It’s also very easy to make. I mix the cream cheese layer with a hand mixer and the chocolate layer by hand. This way it keeps the fudgy texture the way I like it. I bake it in an 8″ square metal pan with straight sides. Let me know what you think.
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (Callebaut if you have it)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon instant espresso mixed with 2 tablespoon hot water
3/4 cup flour
Place chocolate and butter in a large glass dish (you will be adding the eggs, sugar and flour to it later) and microwave 1.5 minute. The chocolate may hold its shape when you remove it from the microwave but it is soft, so stir to melt it. If pieces remain after you have stirred it for a while then return to microwave for another few seconds and then stir again until it is fully melted. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate. You are better off starting with less time and reheating than overheating and ruining it.
When chocolate has melted add the sugar and vanilla and stir with a whisk to combine. Let it cool a little and then add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Don’t add the eggs when the chocolate is hot because it may cook the whites.
Once the eggs are mixed in place the flour in a strainer and sift over the chocolate, a little at a time, mixing it in as you sift it over. Set aside while you prepare the cream cheese layer.
Cream Cheese Layer:
1 package cream cheese (8 oz), room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoon Baileys
Place the cream cheese in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer for a couple of minutes until soft.
Add the sugar and mix to blend it in.
Add egg and beat to incorporate.
Add Baileys and stir it in.
Spray an 8″ square baking pan with straights sides with non-stick spray or butter and flour it. Sometimes I line the baking pan with parchment, leaving the edges high so I can lift the entire “cake” out of the pan. This time I didn’t and it cut into squares just fine.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan and tilt it to spread it out evenly.
Pour the cream cheese mixture over and with a fork swirl the layers so some of the chocolate shows on top and the cream cheese layer becomes part of the chocolate layer. Do not over mix though. You just want some swirls.
Place in a preheated 350℉ oven and bake for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Do not over bake.
Remove from oven and let cool before cutting it into squares. Yay. You did it. Wasn’t that easy?