Chocolate brownies with cream cheese swirl

Chocolate brownies with cream cheese swirl

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Makes
16
Photographer
Peter Cassidy

Here, cream cheese lends a delicious sweet and salty flavour to a rich chocolate brownie. Try flavouring the cream cheese with orange zest for another classic flavour combination. You will need a 20cm square baking tin.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
85g good quality dark chocolate, ideally 70% cocoa solids
110g unsalted butter
2 eggs, at room temperature
200g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
85g plain flour
pinch salt

For the cream cheese swirl

Quantity Ingredient
200-225g full-fat cream cheese, softened
50g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Line the baking tin with baking parchment.
  2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a large heatproof bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the chocolate. Stand the bowl over a saucepan of just-boiled water, ensuring the base of the bowl is not touching the water. Give the chocolate and butter an occasional stir to encourage them to melt. Once melted, remove the bowl from the pan and leave to cool slightly.
  3. Break the eggs into a small bowl and lightly beat with a fork to break them up.
  4. Stir the sugar, eggs and vanilla into the melted chocolate mixture until well combined. Sift the flour and salt over the mixture and stir until smooth, then pour into the prepared tin.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla until smooth. Spoon dollops of the mixture over the brownie batter, then swirl into the batter using a knife or spatula, to marble the mixtures.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25–35 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin set on a wire rack until almost cold. Carefully remove from the tin, peel off the lining paper and cut into squares.
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