Friday, October 21, 2011

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Early tomorrow morning my city's downtown streets will be flooded with a sea of pink.  Tomorrow is the annual Susan G. Komen race for the cure.  In honor of the race and to show my support for the survivors and the cause (and hoping we soon find a cure) I wanted to make something sweet and pink. 

There's nothing that gets me up and going more than sweets, and to be more specific chocolate!  I love brownies; I honestly think I could sit down with a fork and a whole pan of brownies and eat myself sick.  I love their rich, fudgy, chocolatey goodness.  They really do make a bad day good.  What's better?  Enjoying one straight from the oven (or heated in the microwave) with a tall glass of ice cold milk.  There's nothing that can top it.  Brownies are a classic, and delicious on their own but there are so many spins and twists that are added to them now and it just compliments the deliciousness! 

While I love classic brownies I've been dying to try cream cheese swirl brownies for quite some time.  I'm finally getting around to it and I decided to make them pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month and for our race for the cure.  These were delicious.  The fudgy chocolate topped with the tangy, yet sweet cream cheese made for the perfect match.  No wonder these things are so popular...and I now see why this combination has been around for quite some time.  This is the perfect way to jazz up your brownies and add a little twist on a classic.  They are also easy to personalize for any party or holiday; just add a touch of food coloring to the cream cheese batter to tint it whatever color you desire.

Although the month is almost over, I challenge you to "think pink" for the rest of the month.  Bake something pink and share with others to help spread awareness.  Think of the ones you know that have been affected by breast cancer and keep those in mind who are battling through this disease right now.  Think pink in hopes the we soon find a cure.

For more things sweet and pink check out Jen's blog, Beantown Baker, during the month of October and read more about her  Power of Pink Challenge.



Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies



Ingredients:

For the brownies-

1 Stick butter
1 Oz. sweetened chocolate
2 Oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup flour
1 Tsp vanilla
1 Tsp Kosher salt
1/4 Cup white chocolate chips

For the cream cheese-

8 Oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1/2 Tsp vanilla
1 Egg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.


Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper (or foil) and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

For the brownies-

Roughly chop the chocolates. Combine both chocolates and the butter in a medium saucepan and place over low-medium heat. Leave over the heat until all ingredients are melted, about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Once the butter and chocolates are melted, remove from the heat and add the sugar and stir until completely incorpated. Add the vanilla and salt and stir. Add the eggs and mix together, followed by the flour. Stir all ingredients together to completely combine.  Set aside.

For the cream cheese-

Place the cream cheese in a bowl and beat on medium with an electric mixer.  Gradually add the sugar, vanilla and egg until all ingredients are combined.

To assemble-

Pour 3/4 of the brownie mixture in the prepared pan.  Drop half of the cream cheese mixture, by spoonfuls over the brownies, sprinkle with the white chocolate chips.  Repeat layering, pouring the remaining brownie mixture followed by dropping spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture.  Use a knife to gently swirl the cream cheese and brownie mixture together, creating a marble effect.

Place in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, until the brownies have puffed and the center feels ever so slightly firm, or  when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with several moist crumbs adhered to it.

Recipe source: Brownies-A Lynsey original
                       Cream cheese layer- Joy of Baking

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