Sunday, June 12, 2011

Re-resurrection. A Gift of Chocolate.

The new witching hour for buildabelly seems to lie somewhere between 10:30 p.m. and 12 o'clock midnight. I don't know why this is, and I wish it were not so. I should be sleeping! I like sleeping! I don't sleep enough.

Since the grand re-opening of buildabelly three months ago, I've posted two recipes. Yes, you read that right.


I was given a Fancy Camera for my April birthday but have yet to take a single picture of buildabelly food with it, so the lackluster posts to come will be illustrated by the Not-As-Fancy Camera of the last four years.

Without further ado (trumpets, please):

Recipe... Number... THREE!

Courtesy of Christmas Afternoon Dessert-- The Best Brownies Yet

I purposely added "Yet" because there's always room for improvement. I've said this before, but brownies and cheesecake are two foods that please me eternally. Even when botched, they're still good. These brownies have five essential ingredients:

#1. Chocolate
#2. Fudgy-ness
#3. Chocolate
#4. Cream cheese
#5. Yet more chocolate

#6. And heavy cream.

Not so difficult, eh?

But for the sticklers among us, I offer an extended recipe list:

Brownie Layer
- 1/2 cup butter (BUTTER), cut into slices
- 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped (I always substitute baking cocoa and oil for baking chocolate because I'm cheap resourceful, with no ill effect)
- 1 and 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt

Cream Cheese Layer
- 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp. (I use neufchatel- light cream cheese- because I'm...something, with no ill effect)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg

Chocolate Ganache Layer

 1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream
 12 oz. semisweet chocolate

I always wing the ganache topping. More cream and less chocolate makes for a thinner ganache. More chocolate and less cream makes for a more solid ganache. Take your pick!

For brownies, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate together. (If you're cheap resourceful, stir melted butter & oil together and add baking cocoa to the flour mixture). To butter mixture, add sugar and vanilla. Stir well before adding eggs, one at a time. In a small bowl, stir together flour and salt (and baking cocoa, if using) before beating into the butter mixture. Stir until smooth and glossy and spread into a 13" x 9" baking pan.

For cream cheese layer, mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg until well-blended. Spread evenly over the brownie batter.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until brownie just begins to pull away from the edge of the pan. (Do your brownie a favor and don't overcook.)

Meanwhile, place semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Then heat heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for a minute. Stir until smooth and glossy and spread over cooled brownies.

Let the ganache layer cool before eating. (Put the pan in the freezer already!)

I triple-dog dare you to eat just one.


Molly said...

My mouth is drooling as I look at these pictures of what must be a decadent mouthful of pure deliciousness! The pictures are so perfect that I just want to reach in and take a piece! Definitely on my list of attempts. YUMMMMMM, again!

cadie said...

Okay, you just made mine and Owen's mouths water! Since he likes to make desserts (not sure if he likes making them a lot? - or if he just likes to eat them, so he makes them to fulfill that goal!) so maybe, now that he has seen these pictures and got all hungry looking at them, it will be the next dessert he makes . . .

If not, I'll have to try it sometime!

abigail said...

If you end up not liking them, please feel free to mail us the uneaten remainders! :)

abigail said...

Heck, we'll even take half-eaten remainders!

cadie said...

I'm terrible about things like this... I see things that I think "I gotta try that!" about, and I never make them! However, if I ever do make them, I'm sure they'll be scarfed up pretty quickly. On the other hand, if Owen makes them, if you get over here within 12 hours, you can have some too, because he always makes enough of dessert to feed an army; I think it's a principle with him. ;-)

cadie said...

Or maybe I should say, he makes enough for TWO armies, since we are, after all, just about an army. ;-)

heidiann(e) said...

Why oh WHY am I looking at this?!?

off to make my tuna & greens salad...

heidiann(e) said...

oh, pangs of longing, be still!

I'm not even that much of a chocolate fiend. (She tries to tell herself.)