I love brownies and I especially love baking brownies and giving them away. People tell me this recipe for Layered Cappuccino Brownies is to-die-for…and I agree. Wherever I take them people go mad over them and ask for the recipe. So here it is.
In this recipe I flavoured the basic brownie base with coffee then added a whipped cream cheese layer with a hint of cinnamon. To represent the finishing sprinkle or drizzle on a cup of cappuccino I added a chocolate glaze. Decadent…yes, that’s exactly what I was going for.
Everyone appreciates a homemade gift, especially when it is something they can eat. So once you have had enough brownies at your house and want to give some away use your imagination and dress them up for gift giving. Because of the chocolate topping they can’t really be stacked in a cellophane bag but you can serve them on a beautiful platter with edible flowers or in a plain white pizza box.
For a big crowd, like the staff at my sons’ school, I like the pizza box idea; small, medium or large. I get the boxes from a local pizza joint. They transport well and everyone is surprised when they open it. When my son was younger he would decorate the box…another homemade touch to an already homemade gift. I also like to add a thank you message. I have had a ‘thank you message’ file on my computer for years. I open it and revise the wording time and time again with a custom message to suit the occasion.
Do we really need instructions to cut brownies? Of course not. We don’t even need perfectly cut brownies, I just like to do that. As a child I don’t recall seeing brownies any other way but in the pan they were baked in. But as I became interested in food and read food magazines I loved the pictures and wanted to serve my brownies cut perfectly.
The trick is a hot knife. That’s it! Dip your knife in hot water, wipe it clean between cuts and you will see how easy it is. Sure, it’s a bit of work and with the soft cream cheese layer and a hard chocolate glaze making these cuts takes patience. But if you care just go slow and let the warm knife melt through the top chocolate layer.
Every kitchen needs a few tools and two square baking pans is the most basic tool. You can bake so many things with just these two pans I still think it’s amazing. From granola bars to sushi pizza to Australian Lamingtons there is no end to the value of these pans. You don’t need the most expensive ones but do yourself a favour and don’t buy the cheapest ones either.
My friends and colleagues tease me about my perfectly cut brownies but they eat them and request them with gusto! If you have tried this technique I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
|8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped|
|3/4 cup butter|
|2 Tbsp instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 Tbsp boiling water|
|1½ cups sugar|
|2 tsp vanilla extract|
|1/3 cup tapioca starch*|
|1/3 cup white rice flour*|
|1/3 cup sorghum flour*|
|1/4 tsp salt|
|CREAM CHEESE LAYER|
|8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature|
|6 Tbsp butter, at room temperature|
|1½ cups icing sugar|
|1 tsp vanilla extract|
|1 tsp cinnamon|
|6 oz bittersweet chocolate|
|2 Tbsp butter|
|1/2 cup whipping cream|
|1½ Tbsp instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 Tbsp boiling water|
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