Goat Cheese Brownies

I have no excuse for how long it’s been, I have just been lazy!! But school is starting back up in just two days and I’m shaking off the laziness!  Some gooey chocolatey treats should help…

This recipe is from Une Gamine dans la cuisine, and it is fabulous.  These brownies have a regular chocolate brownie layer, a goat cheese layer, and then a melty frosting layer.  TO DIE FOR.  This one has a lot of steps, but do not fear!  They are worth it.

Ingredients:

For the brownie layer:

  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

For the cheese layer:

  • 6 oz goat cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg

 

For the frosting:

  • 4 oz of goat cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (that’s 4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar (have at least one more cup on hand, just in case the frosting is too thin)
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Line a 9×13-inch pan with foil, butter the foil and set the pan aside.
  3. Prepare the brownie layer: Fill a saucepan with about 1-inch of water and bring to just a simmer. Place the chopped chocolate and 3 Tablespoons of butter into a heat-proof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan (be sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water).
  4. Melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally, until smooth. As soon as it’s smooth, remove the bowl from the heat and set it aside to cool.
  5. Cheese layer: In a medium-size bowl, beat the cheese and 2 Tablespoons of butter on medium speed for about 1 minute (just to combine).
  6. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and beat on medium speed until fluffy.
  7. Add 1/4 cup of flour, honey, and 1 egg. Beat well (about 2-4 minutes). Set the bowl aside.
  8. Back to the brownie layer: Beat the 2 eggs on medium speed till foamy.
  9. Add 1 1/4 cups of sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  10. Add the cooled, melted chocolate. Beat till combined.
  11. Using a large spatula, stir in 1 cup of flour, baking Powder, salt.
  12. Spread half of the chocolate batter into prepared pan.
  13. Spread the cheese filling over the chocolate batter.
  14. Using large spoon-filled dollops, drop the remaining chocolate batter over the cheese filling.
  15. Drag a thin metal spatula through both the cheese and chocolate mixtures. Try not to overdo it, a few swirls here and there will go a long way.
  16. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set.
  17. Remove the pan from the oven and onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  18. For the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the softened goat cheese and butter together on medium-low speed till creamy.
  19. Add the confectioners’ sugar in 1/2 cup increments, beating well after each addition.
  20. Add the honey and milk. Beat on medium-high speed until creamy.
  21. Spread over the cooled brownies and cut into squares.