Decadent, gooey chocolate brownie with a layer of sweet cream cheese
Whenever I’ve made these beauties, I’ve always used the recipe from a 2001 book made by Marks and Spencer called Simply Baking. In case anyone’s interested, I managed to track down links to secondhand copies at Abebooks and Amazon.com.
I use the basic recipe from said book, but I double the amount of chocolate mix. The amounts the original recipe suggest don’t give you enough mixture to form a decent layer of chocolate either side of the cream cheese. We wouldn’t want that!
Please note: no matter how I’ve cooked these, the brownie in the middle of the tray is always very gooey and it’s impossible to eat this bit with your fingers. So this recipe will give you several brownies you can eat with your fingers and a dessert for 2-4 people to be eaten in bowls with spoons. I recommend heating it up and serving with a little bit of vanilla ice cream.
Ingredients (16 servings)
- 200 g / 7 oz low-fat cream cheese (it doesn’t have to be low fat)
- 0.5 tsp vanilla essence
- 4 eggs
- 475 g / 17 oz caster sugar
- 200 g / 7 oz butter
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 200 g / 7 oz self-raising flour
Grease and line a brownie pan or a deep 20 cm /8 inch square cake tin. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C / Gas Mark 4 / 350 degrees F.
Beat together the cream cheese, vanilla essence and 25 g/ 1 oz of the caster sugar until smooth. Put aside.
Beat the eggs and the rest of the caster sugar until light and fluffy. Put the butter and cocoa powder in a small pan and heat gently, stirring until the butter melts and the mixture combines (you can also do this, very gradually, in the microwave using short bursts), then stir in the egg mixture. Fold in the flour.
Pour half of your brownie mixture into the tin. Make sure the bottom of the tin is coated completely. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of this layer. Cover the cream cheese layer with the remaining chocolate mixture. These steps are shown in the following photos:
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin. Cut with sharp knife when cool.
This is the chocolate brownie “slab” when cooled and turned out…
Some more pics…
Looking for some other recipes involving plenty of chocolate?
Maltesers rocky road. So delicious; add your favourite sweet treats and no baking required!