These dark chocolate brownies are topped with a silky smooth layer of cream cheese, and the homemade cherry pie filling that tops it, brings this brownie over the top.
Author: Jeanine Friesen
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose Gluten-Free flour (see NOTE)
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon espresso powder
Cream Cheese Layer
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon brandy extract
Bing Cherry Pie Filling
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cups Bing cherries, pitted
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Brownies with Cream Cheese Layer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line an 8-inch square baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine gluten-free flour, xanthan gum. Set aside.
Stir together the melted butter and cocoa powder until blended. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the 2 eggs, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla and chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.
Mix in the gluten-free flour mix and espresso powder. Stir until smooth. Pour into prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, egg yolk and brandy extract until smooth. Spoon mixture over the brownie mixture, covering the top of the brownies with the cream cheese mixture, and trying to NOT mix it into the brownie mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from baking pan. Let sit for at least another 10 minutes before cutting.
Bing Cherry Pie Filling:
While the brownies are baking, we will make the cherry pie filling. In a large sauce pan, combine 2/3 cup sugar and cornstarch. Stir to blend. Add the water and lemon juice, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the pitted Bing cherries.
Cook, stirring constantly, over a medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Lower to heat to Low, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat stir in almond extract. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve, cut brownies into 9 even pieces, top each piece with the cherry pie filling, and a dollop of whipped cream (if desired).
Gluten-free Flour blend consists of 4 cups superfine brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cups potato starch (not flour), 2/3 cup tapioca starch. Combine all ingredients in a large zipper-top bag. Shake until well blended.
Recipe by Faithfully Gluten Free at http://www.faithfullyglutenfree.com/2011/06/gluten-free-cheesecak-black-forest-brownies.html