Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Paula's Rich Caramel Brownies

I made this a few weeks ago for a BBQ. They are one of the recipes from my Paula Deen's Best Desserts collector's issue. They are delicious, and rich is right. Have a big glass of milk nearby when consuming these squares of chocolate yumminess.

What you'll need:
1 cup butter
4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 and 1/2 cups sugar, divided
5 large eggs, divided
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (14-ounce) bag caramels, unwrapped (obviously)
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

How to make them:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with heavy duty aluminum foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, combine butter and chopped chocolate. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 4 eggs at medium-high speed with a mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in flour and salt. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla. Pour batter into prepared pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine caramels and evaporated milk. Microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until caramels are melted and smooth. Paula says it should take 1 and 1/2 minutes total, but it took a lot longer for me. Pour over brownie batter, gently spreading to edges.

Instead of microwaving, you could also use a double boiler. Place a Pyrex bowl over a pot of simmer (not boiling) water, but make sure the bowl isn't touching the water, otherwise the caramels will burn. Stir constantly until the caramels are melted.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer until creamy. Add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beating until smooth. Beat in remaining egg. Spoon mixture over caramel layer, gently swirl batter with a knife. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool completely. Cut into small squares to serve.

Makes about 2 dozen brownies.


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  3. The brownies sound delicious but I'm back on my WW life style -- have lost 38 pounds since last Nov -- took some time off and regained 2 pounds so I'm back on the program!
    All that to say that I probably won't get to make the brownies -- I think just reading about them is worth a pound!

  4. you 5eggs divided,do u mean yolks in flour mixter and whites inthe cream cheese mixter.

  5. No, I meant you'll use four whole eggs when beaten with the sugar. And then later you'll use the remaining whole egg in the final step - the cream cheese mixture. Hope this clarifies. Thanks for reading!