Friday, November 9, 2012

CREAM CHEESE BROWNIES ~AND~ PIE!!


Brownies


What you need..

8 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) bittersweet chocolate chips
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached flour
1/4 tsp salt


Prepare..

Grease and flour a 9x9 baking pan.  Preheat the oven to 350.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted.  Set aside to cool. 

Beat the cream cheese and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl until smooth.  Beat in 1 egg and set aside.

Place the remaining 1 1/4 cups of sugar in a large bowl and beat in the remaining 3 eggs, one at a time until smooth.  Add the vanilla and chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.

Measure the four and salt and then sift together directly into the chocolate batter.   Mix the batter gently until well combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remains.

Spread 3/4 of the chocolate batter evenly in the pan.  Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the chocolate layer.  Gently spread the remaining chocolate batter over the cream cheese layer.


Bake..


Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes our clean or only with crumbs.

Cool on rack for 1 1/2 hours.  Refrigerate brownies and cut just before serving.







PIE


What you need..

Crust
1
box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box.

Cream Cheese Layer
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
3
tablespoons sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg

Brownie Layer
1
box (15.8 oz) double chocolate brownie mix
1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
tablespoon water
2
eggs
1/2
cup chopped pecans

Topping
Reserved chocolate syrup packet from brownie mix
3
tablespoons hot fudge topping


Prepare..


Heat oven to 350°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie.

In medium bowl, beat cream cheese layer ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth; set aside.

Reserve chocolate syrup packet from brownie mix for topping. In large bowl, place brownie mix, oil, water and eggs; beat 50 strokes with spoon.

Spread 1/2 cup brownie mixture in bottom of crust-lined pie plate. Spoon and carefully spread cream cheese mixture over brownie layer. Top with small spoonfuls of remaining brownie mixture; spread evenly. Sprinkle with pecans. Cover crust edge with 2- to 3-inch-wide strips of foil to prevent excessive browning;~ remove foil during last 15 minutes of bake time.~

  • Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is puffed and crust is golden brown (pie may have cracks on surface).
  • In small bowl, mix chocolate syrup from packet and hot fudge topping. Place mixture in small resealable bag. Cut small hole off corner of bag. Drizzle topping over pie. Cool completely, about 3 hours, before serving. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.







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