James Carrier
YieldsMakes 9 brownies
Notes: Fromage blanc is a tangy, fresh cheese available in some well-stocked supermarkets and in specialty cheese shops. If desired, substitute 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature, and 4 ounces sour cream; beat together until smooth before using in step 2. Cool brownies completely before wrapping.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a 2- to 3-quart pan over low heat, stir butter and chocolate until melted and blended. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and 2 cups sugar. Transfer to a bowl. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour and baking powder just until blended.

Step 2
2

In another bowl, mix fromage blanc and remaining sugar and egg until well blended.

Step 3
3

Spread half the chocolate mixture level in a buttered and floured 9-inch square baking pan. Pour cheese mixture evenly over chocolate. Drop 1/4-cup portions of remaining chocolate mixture on top, partially, but not completely, covering cheese mixture.

Step 4
4

Bake brownies in a 325° regular or convection oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack for at least 20 minutes, then cut into 9 squares.

Step 5
5

Nutritional analysis per brownie.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, cut into chunks
 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
 2 1/4 cups sugar
 5 large eggs
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 8 ounces fromage blanc (see notes)

Directions

Step 1
1

In a 2- to 3-quart pan over low heat, stir butter and chocolate until melted and blended. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and 2 cups sugar. Transfer to a bowl. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour and baking powder just until blended.

Step 2
2

In another bowl, mix fromage blanc and remaining sugar and egg until well blended.

Step 3
3

Spread half the chocolate mixture level in a buttered and floured 9-inch square baking pan. Pour cheese mixture evenly over chocolate. Drop 1/4-cup portions of remaining chocolate mixture on top, partially, but not completely, covering cheese mixture.

Step 4
4

Bake brownies in a 325° regular or convection oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack for at least 20 minutes, then cut into 9 squares.

Step 5
5

Nutritional analysis per brownie.

Chocolate-Fromage Blanc Brownies