Black Forest, Goat Cheese Brownies

Black Forest, Goat Cheese Brownies

Black Forest, Goat Cheese Brownies

Goat cheese brownies, you ask? Ah yes, this might sound like something a mad scientist would whip up in her lab, but I assure you that if you like goat cheese, as I know many of you do, you will love this recipe. My caveat is; if you like goat cheese! A couple of weeks ago, I took some of these to my lovely sister-in-law who was suffering through some pretty bland hospital meals. “Oh Juli, I don’t’ eat goat!”, she gasped while trying to swallow the first mouth full of brownie. Well, I apologized and assured her that I would bring something more to her liking the next time that I visited her. I recognize that not all of us love the exotic tang of goat cheese, but I have discovered that it works as well in sweet recipes as it does in savoury ones. This has inspired me to explore this combination and see what I can come up with! However, I will be sure to ask my friends if they “eat goat” before I subject any of them to my future experiments! Dear Shelley, I’m so sorry I didn’t ask you before! Please forgive me.

I found this recipe in “Quinoa Revolution”, by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming. Since it is made with quinoa flour, it is also a gluten-free recipe; an area of cooking that I have not yet explored.  So now I am really feeling like the consummate chemist: goat cheese in a sweet recipe and gluten-free all in one. The end result, quite delicious, I might add.

I am really excited to bring a large platter of these brownies to Fiesta Friday. Angie, at The Novice Gardener has been hosting us for 30 some odd weeks now and we are still as excited about this virtual blog party as we were in week 1! The most awesome thing is – I know that many of the FF gang love goat cheese!  Thanks so much to you Angie, and your awesome stream of co-hosts who graciously take care of us, week after week. We’re still having way too much fun!

For those of us who like goat cheese!

For those of us who like goat cheese!

Black Forest, Goat Cheese Brownies

Ingredients:

1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

¾ cup unsalted butter

1 ½ cups fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half

or ¾ cup dried whole cherries

½ cup organic sugar or white sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup quinoa flour

¼ cup buttermilk

1 cup crumbled goat cheese

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9 inch square cake pan and line with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, on medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips and butter together, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

If using the dried cherries, place them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 10 minutes to rehydrate. Drain and set aside.

Beat sugar, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl until combined. Beat in the melted chocolate mixture. Mix in the flour just until blended, then mix in the buttermilk until well blended.

Pour half of the brownie batter into the pan and spread it evenly. Top with the cherries and goat cheese. Pour the other half of the batter on top, spreading evenly.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the middle of the brownie springs back when gently pressed. Do not overbake. Cool in the pan. Chill in the fridge before cutting into squares.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Have you tried to incorporate goat cheese into a sweet recipe?

Have you tried to incorporate goat cheese into a sweet recipe?

 

97 Responses to “Black Forest, Goat Cheese Brownies”

  1. Chitra Jagadish

    Wow these brownies looks so moist and colourful with cherries and cheese…never tried any sweet recipe using goats cheese, will definitely try sometimes….thanx for such wonderful recipe. ..happy Fiesta friday. ..

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hi Chitra! Really glad you like this recipe! I wasn’t too sure how this recipe would be received 🙂 Happy FF to you too!

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    • chefjulianna

      LOL! Really glad they look different in a good way! I’m so very happy to bring them to FF! Cos, then I get to sample everyone else’s lovely dishes! 😀

      Reply
  2. Kaila511

    How interesting?! I can’t have goat cheese, so I’ve never included it in a recipe, but it looks tasty! Way to be creative, and willing to try new things! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend.

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      You know, Kaila, I have been thinking of this recipe and I bet you could substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese. It wouldn’t have the same punch, but it might be good, if you can eat cream cheese. Happy FF to you too! 😀

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  3. chef mimi

    My kind of brownie! These look absolutely divine! I love using goat cheese and I also substitute cream with goat’s milk for fun. It adds that lovely goaty flavory!!!

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    • chefjulianna

      Hey thanks, Mimi! What an interesting idea to substitute cream with goat milk! You are giving me all kinds of ideas now! But that is one of the best things about blogging, isn’t it?

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  4. Sue

    Julianna, whoa! These brownies are so original and just beautiful! I am thinking they are very tasty as well, thank you for bringing to the party!

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  5. HotDish

    These look incredible. It is 8am and I am already craving one. I definitely going to try this recipe out!

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    • chefjulianna

      LOL! You sound like me! But these brownies don’t come with specified eating times!! Go for it, even if it is only 8 AM! 😀

      Reply
  6. simplyvegetarian777

    This is heavenly Chef ! The goat cheese pair very well with fruit compotes. To add chocolate in a mix is such an amazing idea with quinoa flour..kinda healthy too ;).
    Loved it.

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  7. strictlydelicious

    I LOVE GOAT!!!!! And especially with fruit! I stared at the first picture in this post for about five minutes before I scrolled down to read it. I couldn’t stop looking! This looks more like FUDGE than brownies! Wowowow!

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  8. Lori

    This is fantastic Julianna! I can always count on you to bring something super creative! Love it! Would never have thought to add goat cheese to brownies. These also look so gorgeous! Love how you can see the digger to goodies inside!
    I’ve used quinoa flour before and feel like it has a strong flavor. Did you notice that in these brownies?

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    • chefjulianna

      Hey Lori! So glad you like these, but what’s a “digger”? :/ You know, I was worried about the quinoa flour too, but it only just had a bit of that “strong” flavour you have mentioned. I think that all of the other intense flavours here like the chocolate, cherries and goat cheese, kind of minimize the flavour from the quinoa flour.

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      • Lori

        ROfLol! Had to go back to see what I wrote! That’s hilarious! I could try to make it into a funny story, but I really think it was my iPhone autocorrecting me again…without my permission. Hahahahaha. I think maybe I meant to say “delicious goodies.” That will teach me not to forget to check what I wrote before I push reply. 😜

    • chefjulianna

      Hi Ken. Yes, it has more of a fudge-like texture. I think that because I used fresh cherries, there was a bit of extra moisture. The texture may be a bit drier if you use dried cherrie and hey, maybe I will try that next time!

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  9. Fae's Twist & Tango

    Julianna, this is the most gorgeous brownies I have ever seen. How beautifully you have incorporated the goat cheese and the cherries. I am going to dream about them! 😛

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    • chefjulianna

      Well, I get that too! A number of years ago I was on the fence too about goat cheese; but it has really grown on me and now I just love it! 🙂

      Reply
  10. Loretta

    Love brownies, goat cheese and cherries, what a wonderful combination! I’m afraid I’m going to go for seconds 🙂

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  11. The Novice Gardener

    Oh mah gawd, these are incredible!!! I love and do eat goat, haha…that sounds hilarious. You are too funny! But, but….these brownies, I’m speechless. How, why, what?? They are incredible!!! 🙂

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  12. deliciouslynell

    This sounds like it would be amazingly rich and flavoursome! 🙂

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  13. Stacey Bender

    I do eat goat (sorry my vegetarian friends). I love goat cheese cheese cake but never thought to put it in brownies; what a great idea. The cherries look like a delightful addition as well.

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    • chefjulianna

      Thanks so much Naina! Maybe you can make them for your staff when it is your turn to bake! Hopefully they all like goat cheese, though! :/

      Reply
  14. cookingwithauntjuju.com

    I am always amazed at how ingredients go so well together – cherries, chocolate and goat cheese – yum! I have never met a cheese I did not like – your brownies sound fantastic 🙂

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  15. indusinternationalkitchen

    Love the cherry and goat cheese combination! Personally would never have thought of combining them even though I like goat cheese! But these sure look and sound delicious! 🙂

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  16. eclecticoddsnsods

    wow this looks amazing! I have saved it…..even shrek looked at it and said we have to have that lol. I lubs your header too did Marielle do it, it has to be it looks so the same style as mine, simply fabulous 😀

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  17. chefjulianna

    Wow, and Shrek too? That’s quite the compliment! Hope he likes them! Yes, it was Marielle who did the header. I just love her work so much. Your headers are so awesome too. Happy FF to you, Justine! 😀

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  18. Geraldine

    Wowsa….yumm!

    You and I really need to get together for a kitchen bake-off sometime. 😉 I love so many of the recipes you feature, including this one.

    Goat cheese is soooo delish and for so many uses too. I made a grapefruit, red leaf lettuce, beet, red onion…salad the other night and topped it with feta, which was the perfect finish to the other ‘tangy’ingredients, just complimented it so well.

    I am going to bookmark these brownies. I’d like one right now actually but I guess that will have to wait.

    Have a great weekend, G

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  19. chefjulianna

    Hey Geraldine! A kitchen bake-off? That sounds like a very cool idea!! 😀 I have been using goat cheese in more and more recipes and just love it! I was so excited when I found this recipe. It is really awesome for those of us who love goat cheese. Sure hope you like them when you do make them! Let me know. Have a great week! 😀

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  20. petra08

    How did I miss these?! Goats cheese brownies sounds genius! I would love to try them and wish I had read your recipe before making the brownies for the party! Next time for sure, it sounds delicious! 🙂

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  21. chefjulianna

    Oh Petra, I bet you’ll be having another party really soon! So glad you like the look of these and I hope you find an occasion to make them! 🙂

    Reply
  22. Lily

    Oh my, what a fabulous recipe, quinoa flour, goat cheese and fresh cherries, all in a brownie, a must try for sure, thanks for sharing:)

    Reply

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