Goat cheese in a brownie?
You all must think I’m nuts by now! Actually, this works really really well. Yes, another Quinoa recipe! I have gone mad for this healthy grain, seriously mad! And so far, no complaints from the men in my house :)
I have a weakness for brownies, or maybe that’s just anything with chocolate in it! Cherries and chocolate are even better! But I also love goat cheese, all cheese actually, cheese and chocolate…hmmm, sounds weird I know. No, nobody in this house is pregnant, this is not a weird random craving thing, but a really great brownie made from quinoa flour, some cocoa, goat cheese and dried cherries. The goat cheese in this lends a creamy texture, paired with the chocolate and cherries, it’s damn good! If you like nuts, you can also add them too.
A little healthier for you than the regular brownie, this does not contain the refined white flour that wreaks havoc on your body, this is quinoa flour- made from the grain quinoa. A few quinoa facts for you: It is higher in protein and fiber…It is gluten free, yay for all our celiac friends out there!… Quinoa flour should be stored in the fridge for a longer shelf life.
It can be expensive, quinoa flour costs a lot more than your regular baking flour. I find mine in the bulk section at Bob’s Red Mill. I love that store, I should own some stock in it by now! I don’t use this flour in all my baking, due to the cost and it can be a little tricky. Sometimes your baked goods will come out to gummy, so caution when using this if you try to swap it out in other recipes.
- 1 1/2 C dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 C unsalted butter
- 3/4 C whole cherries
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 C quinoa flour
- 1/4 C buttermilk
- 1 C crumbled goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease or spray with cooking oil and 9 inch square cake pan. Also line pan with parchment paper, then grease or spray the paper. This step helps tremendously to lift out the brownies.
- In a small saucepan on medium low heat, melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth. Set aside and let cool.
- Beat sugar, eggs and vanilla together until combined.
- Beat the melted chocolate mixture together. Then add the flour just until blended, next mix in the buttermilk.
- Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
- Top with cherries and goat cheese, then add the rest of the batter spreading evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until middle of brownies spring back when gently pressed.
- Cool in pan then transfer to a wire rack. Cut into squares when completely cooled.
- Brownies will stay fresh for 1 week in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
- Makes 12 squares.