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Cheese and Chocolate, Please


Kelly Alesso  (www.Pink-Apron.com ) had a culinary epiphany three years ago.

The Chicago-based food blogger was at the Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival when she bit into a dark chocolate brownie swirled with chevre, a fluffy, pure white cheese made from goat’s milk. That surprising, delicious combination of sweet chocolate and savory, subtly tangy goat cheese got Alesso wondering: What else can you do with chevre?

Salty and sweet are so good together. Add in chocolate and it is a no lose proposition.  This brownie recipe nails that mouth-watering flavor combination, then ups the decadence with a fluffy, subtly tangy swirl of goat cheese.  Hang on tight—they will be gone in an instant!

Deep Chocolate Brownies With Chevre Swirls

Ingredients

Chevre Swirl

6 ounces chevre, room temperature

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Base

2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

3/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks

3 large eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon chocolate extract, optional

1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon medium or coarsely ground sea salt, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch square nonstick baking pan.

Make Swirl by beating together the first four ingredients until smooth and well combined. Set aside.

Make the Brownie Base by whisking together the cocoa, sugars, salt, flour and chips in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, oil, water and extracts, mixing just until smooth.

Spoon half the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Spread the swirl mixture over it and then spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top. Swirl the two mixtures together with a knife if desired. Sprinkle with sea salt if using.

Bake the brownies for about 35 to 45 minutes. To see if the brownies are done, remove the pan from the oven and stick the tip of a sharp knife into the center of the brownies. Brownies will be done when the center is set but the consistency is still moist and fudgy. You definitely do not want to overbake these as you’ll lose the fudginess of the texture.

Makes 16 brownies

photo courtesy of tastebook.com

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