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Fat Toaders’ Caramel Goat Cheese Swirl Brownies

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Fat Toaders’ Caramel Goat Cheese  Swirl Brownies

This recipe uses both Fat Toad's chevre and caramel to make a rich chocolate brownie. The slight tanginess of the chevre offsets the sweetness of the caramel and the chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups plain chevre
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4–6 ounces of goat milk caramel (original, vanilla bean and coffee bean recommended)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 

Grease an 8 x 8 pan. 

To make brownies, melt butter and chopped up chocolate in a double boiler. Heat until melted and combined. Take off heat and add sugar and vanilla. Let cool slightly. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Whisk the dry ingredients together—flour, salt, and baking powder. Combine with wet ingredients until fully incorporated.

To make goat cheese filling, cream together all filling ingredients with a blender or spoon.

Pour half of batter into bottom of pan. Using a spoon, spread half of the goat cheese on top of batter. Pour the remaining batter on top. Drop the rest of the goat cheese on top and swirl in with a knife. Drizzle caramel on top.

Bake for 50–60 minutes.

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