Monday, January 6, 2014

Tiramisu Brownies


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These moist, sweet and fudgy bars were developed for Taste of Home magazine where they are called Tiramisu Brownies. I'm not sure why. While the bars are worth a king's ransom in chocolate, Mascarpone cheese and espresso powder, their flavor doesn't quite reach the heights of the Italian classic dessert. I'd be happier if they had called them Mocha and Mascarpone brownies, so I could have set my sights lower. Please don't get me wrong. The bars are delicious, but they are not what I had expected, nor are they as trouble-free to make as I had anticipated. Fortunately, I read the comments associated with the recipe before I started to work on it. That saved me from an expensive disaster. The recipe was not well-reviewed, and a common problem appeared to be that the layers were not in sync with each other and required different baking times to  cook. To their credit, someone at Taste of Home read the reviews and came back with a revision that takes care of the problem. Unfortunately, the correction does not appear in the body of the recipe itself, so I've changed the recipe instructions to include the revisions for you. Now, if I haven't scared you off, I think you'll find the recipe works quite well. The brownies are nice and I think those of you who like really sweet desserts will love them. Here is how they are made.



Tiramisu Brownies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home magazine

Ingredients:
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/3 cups + 1/4 cup sugar, divided
8 eggs, divided use
1 cup cake flour
1/4 cup instant coffee granules or espresso powder
2 cartons (8 ounces each) Mascarpone cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking cocoa

Directions:
1) In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Beat in butter. Gradually beat in 1-1/3 cups sugar. Add six eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
2) Combine flour and coffee granules; add to chocolate mixture. Beat on low speed just until combined;. Set aside.
3) For filling, in a small bowl, beat  cheese, vanilla, remaining sugar and eggs until smooth.
4) Pour 2-1/2 cups of  chocolate batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread with filling. Top with remaining batter, spreading evenly to completely cover filling.
5) Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set and brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan.
6) Cool on a wire rack. Dust with cocoa. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.

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14 comments :

Sarah Toasty said...

What about adding some lady fingers on the bottom layer? When I was testing out pretzel brownie, they got too soggy for me if immersed in the batter but crisp when they stay on top. The lady fingers would probably soak up the flavor of the brownies (or you could do a quick coffee dip) and may cut the sweetness a bit

Mary Bergfeld said...

Sarah, That is a great idea. Thanks!

Labanca said...

Thanks for providing me a great recipe... It makes my jaw drop after seeing the recipe format...

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

Looks lovely and moist!

Merisi said...

Temptation pure! :-)

Happy New Year to you and yours,
and thank you for continuing to share your exquisite recipes with us!
Affectionately,
Merisi

Jenn S said...

Sorry they didn't live up to what you wanted them to be.. I've had that happen to me a time or two.. it's a bit of a disappointment!
They do look decadent and yummy though :)

Big Dude said...

As a big fan of both brownies and tiramisu, my wife would really go for these.

Top Cuisine avec Lavi said...

Hi Mary! This tiramisu looks delicious! Great recipe! Kiss and hugs!

David said...

Mary, They sure don't sound easy to make...but they do look extremely tasty! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Thanks for posting the corrections because these look amazing! Love chocolate and moist cake - sounds perfect.

Kim G. said...

A cross beetween tiramisu and brownie??? WOW! I love love the idea and probably the taste:)

Gloria Baker said...

look amazing Mary! I love Tiramisú!!

Lenia said...

What a mouthwatering dessert!
Happy new year,dear!
Kisses from Greece!

Nammi said...

yumm, looks delicious!!

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