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Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies created by melwood4

These are, in a word, sublime. This is not a recipe to cut back on the quality of the ingredients; since you're going to be buying mascarpone cheese anyway (which isn't cheap), go for the gold and buy high-quality chocolate too. I like using the Lindt dark chocolate in this. Thanks to the Cookworks Show on Food Network Canada, where I saw this recipe being prepared and immediately knew it was a winner. After baking one batch, I knew I had gone to Brownie Heaven!

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  • Preheat oven to 325°F; have ready a buttered 8-inch square glass cake pan.
  • First, prepare the brownies.
  • In a small saucepan, 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.
  • Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Sift in the sugar and cocoa powder (I do this through a sieve, not with a sifter).
  • With a wooden spoon, beat in the mascarpone, eggs (30 minutes on the counter brings them to room temperature) and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
  • Gently fold the flour and salt into the batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly--this is important since, if the batter isn't spread evenly, it won't bake evenly.
  • Place into preheated oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean (45 minutes did it for me).
  • Place pan on a cooling rack and let brownies cool for 10-15 minutes, while you now make the ganache.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Should you wish to wait a bit, make sure the ganache is warm when you spread over the brownies, as it does firm up which makes spreading hard to do.
  • Don't cut into the brownies until ganache has firmed up; I find it best to put the brownies into the fridge to speed this along; once the ganache is firm the brownies do not need to be kept in the fridge, though.
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"These are, in a word, sublime. This is not a recipe to cut back on the quality of the ingredients; since you're going to be buying mascarpone cheese anyway (which isn't cheap), go for the gold and buy high-quality chocolate too. I like using the Lindt dark chocolate in this. Thanks to the Cookworks Show on Food Network Canada, where I saw this recipe being prepared and immediately knew it was a winner. After baking one batch, I knew I had gone to Brownie Heaven!"
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  1. vjdemersseman
    This recipe caught our eye but was a disapointment. The lady was oddly particular on butter melting technique etc. The result that we bakie-d was a faky, cakey "brownie" that breakie-d my achy heart. Will not be making again. However, if you don't like brownies this is the recipe for you!
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  2. Emerald D.
    Fantastic brownies. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you.
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  3. melwood4
    Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies Created by melwood4
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  4. GCPenny
    Better title for this recipe: Chocolate Flavored Butter. I was looking forward to making and eating these brownies, but was hugely disappointed. Like others have said it lacked taste and at 150 calories a bite, I was expecting decadence. If you cut this pan of brownies into 16 pieces, you'll get very small pieces and if I'm going to consume 78% of my saturated fat grams for the days, I would like to have more than 2 small bites of brownie. I do realize that most desserts are not low-cal or low-fat, but I ended up throwing away the brownies because I couldn't see eating that many calories for something that is not very flavorful.
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  5. LindaJoy41
    These are wonderful!!! Not too sweet, and the mascarpone makes the batter wonderfully moist and rich. I think people who say it was too greasy didn't mix the batter completely before moving to the next step. A real keeper!
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