Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

by Michelle on March 6, 2008

A few nights ago I had a taste for chocolate. Late night chocolate attacks are very common for me and I keep chocolate milk just for these times, but unfortunately I was out! So dug deep into my recipe file and decided to make Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies. So I went about measuring and sifting and beating with a whisk (next time I will use my KA Mixer). The end result was fabulous!

I’ve never been a brownie fan and I can’t really say why. But to my knowledge I’ve never baked brownies for myself ever before. But the Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies have the most wonderful texture, still somewhat chewy but not mucky-chewie like a common brownie.

This is definitely a keeper recipe. And although I will always love Cream Cheese who ever said Mascarpone is similar to Cream Cheese was so wrong. In a taste test Mascarpone wins hands down!

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies
Recipe adapted from Recipezaar

Brownies:
1 cup butter
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, softened
3 large eggs, at room-temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt

Ganache:
8 oz semisweet chocolate,finely chopped
1/2 c. whipping cream
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Brownies:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F; have ready a buttered 8-inch square glass cake pan.
2. In a small saucepan or microwave, melt the butter and bring it to just below a boil; have the chopped chocolate in a mixing bowl–pour the hot butter over the chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds.
3. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
4. Sift in the sugar and cocoa powder.
5. With a wooden spoon, beat in the mascarpone, eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
6. Gently fold the flour and salt into the batter.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
8. Place into preheated oven and bake for 45 or until a tester comes out clean. Do not over bake.
9. Place pan on a cooling rack and let brownies cool for 10-15 minutes, while you make the ganache.

Ganache:
1. Place chopped chocolate in a mixing bowl; in a small saucepan, bring the cream and the butter to just below the boiling point, over medium heat or in the microwave.
2. Pour this hot cream-butter mixture over the chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds, then stir until smooth; ganache is now ready to use and can be spread over the brownies.
3. Evenly spread the warm Ganache over the brownies.
4. Don’t cut into the brownies until ganache has firmed up.

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  • deborah_ps March 7, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Wow Michelle…wow.All that yummy chocolate gently slipping down that brownie…I imagine my first taste would be to run my finger right up the side and licky lick. Ummm.I’ve been having a major chocolate attack too…and guess what? Mascarpone cheese awaits me in the frig…see ya!

  • MrsPacNW March 7, 2008 at 3:55 am

    DUDE!!!!!!!! Those look amazing…It’s the ganache right? LOL I have some Mascarpone that needs to be used.

  • Michelle March 7, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Oh and you guys know how much I love ganache!!! I slipped up and now have 2 containers of ganache in my frig. LOL!!Guess I’ll have to load up on potato chips for dipping! I hope the Godfather Trilogy is on this coming weekend. I could get in 8 hours of snacking time and never leave the couch!Michelle

  • Mimi March 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Michelle, those look sinfully decadent! I will be trying those as soon as I can get my hands on mascarpone…..

  • OhioMom March 7, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    OMG those look so decadent, no no no … I have lemon and sweet milk, that will be my treat to myself today :)

  • Carmel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake September 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    […] but the cake could have been much richer. If I was making this dessert again I would use the Mascarpone Brownie recipe and top it with the caramelized peanuts….now that would be out-of-this-world […]

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