Plaza bakery's cream cheese topped chocolate

Yield: 12 Brownies

Measure Ingredient
8 ounces Cream cheese; room temp
½ cup Sugar
1 large Egg; room temperature
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1 pinch Salt
8 ounces Chocolate, bittersweet or semi-sweet, chopped
½ cup Butter, unsalted
4 larges Eggs
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Flour
½ cup Chocolate chips; semi-sweet
\N \N Source: The Houston Post, September 18, 1991



For topping: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9 inch square baking pan. The pan must be at least 2 inches deep. Dust pan with flour; tap out excess. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese with sugar in medium bowl until smooth. Blend in egg, vanilla and salt. Set topping aside while preparing brownie batter.

For Brownies: Melt chocolate and butter in heavy saucepan over very low heat, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Using electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl until thick, about 3 minutes. Stir in melted chocolate, then flour and semisweet chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Spoon cream cheese topping into pastry bag fitted with ½ inch round tip. Pipe cheese mixture in diagonal lines atop brownie batter, spacing line ½ to ¾ inches apart. Run tip of small knife through cream cheese on opposite diagonal, spacing ½ inch apart and creating V pattern.

Bake until toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs still attached, about 40 minutes. Cool dessert in pan on rack for 3 hours.

Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Run sharp knife around pan to loosen. Cut dessert into 12 brownies. Serve cold.

Submitted By LISE WARING <HOBBIT@...> On TUE, 19 DEC 1995 093839 GMT

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