Friday, July 8, 2011


Forth of July weekend!!! Well, not here in France, but most definitely back home in the US!
Nonetheless, it is summer here and everyone is having parties! Tonight I am going to a party at my friends Philippe and Ingrid, with whom I grew up. And there will be other childhood friend. Some I have not seen in ...20 years!!!
As I often do when invited somewhere, I bring a dessert. Today being Independence Day weekend, what better dessert that an all American brownie? This one is so chocolaty!!! And decadent with twirls of cream cheese!

Cream Cheese Brownie

Makes about 16 squares

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) + 2 Tbsp
10 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp
4 eggs
1 cup flour + 2 Tbsp
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

Prepare a 9 inch square pan: butter and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2 inch overhang. Butter the paper and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350F.

Place the stick of butter and the chocolate in a small saucepan over simmering water (do not let saucepan touch the water). When melted, add the sugar. When cooled a bit, add the 3 eggs and mix to combine.

In a small bowl, mix together the 1 cup of flour with the cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter/chocolate mixture and mix only to combine.

In another small bowl, combine the cream cheese, with the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter and 2 Tbsp of sugar, one egg and 2 Tbsp of flour. Whisk to combine.

Pour the chocolate batter in the baking dish and spread evenly. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top and twirl to marble with a knife.

Bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cut into squares to serve.

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