Monday, May 3, 2010

Goat Cheese Brownies

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And now...

I just had the most wonderful time at the Malice Domestic Mystery Conference in Virginia. I met all sorts of wonderful readers and authors. What a blast! [For pictures of the conference, check out my website and view the slideshow: Avery Aames. Most of the pictures of are my Sisters in Crime Guppies pals. ]

For the event, I made a treat for some of my girlfriends and my editors (and other important people) and thought I'd share that recipe today.

As a girl, one of my favorite things was making brownies. Not eating them. Making them. I remember the bowls, the spoons to mix with, the smell of other kitchen. From brownies, I moved on to chocolate cream pies. I tried to turn making pies into a neighborhood business. I made these incredible pies (all with mixes, of course--chocolate pudding, chocolate chips, graham cracker crusts, Dream Whip) and sold them to my neighbors. I made a "fortune."

But it's the brownies that got me started. Now, because I need to eat gluten-free, I make brownie mixed from scratch. I use my own flours that aren't wheat (like rice flour, potato starch, etc.) and I stumbled upon this incredible brownie recipe. But I wanted to add cheese to it. I saw a Food Network show about brownies with goat cheese, and thought, aha! Yes. To make it my own, I added ground coffee. Oh, yum! Something novel, fun, different.

Remember, this was an experiment. After making all the segments of the recipe, I looked at the cheese mixture and decided it was too "liquid" to add it to the brownies. I cut it in half and poured it on top, then cut it with the knife. It still looked liquid, but it baked like a dream. I made another batch this week and it came out the same. So it works. Enjoy!




7 oz. dark chocolate

2 sticks butter, unsalted

1 ¾ cup brown sugar

4 eggs [For gluten-free make this 3 eggs and 2 egg whites]

1 1/3 cup flour [For gluten-free make this 1 1/3 cup gluten-free flour plus 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan gum]

¼ tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup cocoa powder

Goat cheese topping:

2 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 oz. goat cheese [used Laura Chenel’s Chevre]

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons ground espresso coffee


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted.

In a large bowl combine sugar and eggs. Slowly stir into chocolate mixture.

Sift flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder into bowl and combine with chocolate and egg mixture.

Pour batter into a greased, 9-inch square baking pan and set aside.

Whip together softened cheeses and sugar until smooth. Add coffee and stir.

Place large spoonfuls of mixture on top of batter and swirl with a butter knife.

Bake for 45-50 minutes until set. Brownies will still be gooey in middle

Let cool before cutting.

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  1. This sounds so yummy. You can't go wrong with a brownie recipes and then add that topping - oh my.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. Glad you like it, Mason. I took them to Malice Domestic and gave them to a few folks. Reviews were pretty good. ~Avery

  3. These look so moist and yummy, Avery! I love the idea of using goat cheese for this recipe.

    It was great to meet you at Malice!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  4. Oh, Avery! I want one of these *Now!* I don't mind baking brownies but I much prefer eating them LOL This recipe is just great and I can't wait to try it! Glad to have you back from Malice - and I'm thrilled you had fun. I'm heading over to your website right now to check out the pictures!


  5. Well, you know anything with *coffee* as an ingredient gets five stars from me. :-) Welcome back from Malice, Avery, your pics are wonderful -- so many familiar and talented mystery authors. Congrats to all of the Agatha Award winners, too!

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  6. Holy cow! Or goat, as the case may be. A friend has a raw goat's milk share and has been making chevre. I have a bunch in the fridge right now, and am SO making these brownies.
    Hearth Cricket

  7. So glad you all are enjoying! I'm getting on a plane to fly back to LA. I'll check in soon. ~Avery

  8. Goat cheese brownies? I'm rushing right out to the store to get the ingredients. I can't wait to taste them!

  9. I was lucky enough to sneak one of these brownies away from Daryl at Malice! They are absolutely decadent. So rich, with a positively sinful burst of chocolate in every bite! A chocolate lover's delight, for sure! Yum!

    ~ Krista