Let’s play a game. It’s called I’m-thinking-of-the-most-amazing-tv-show-in-the-history-of-ever. What? Did you say Downton Abbey? DING DING DING. You’re right. Congratulations, you have won a signed copy of my bestselling book “Sarcastic Storytime with Picco” Nah, I’m totally joking. Even if that was a book, I wouldn’t give it to you. I’d put it to better use and chuck it at the annoying people in my life. I’m sorry, I’m making myself sound even crazier than I already am. Mea culpa.
Downton Abbey is, hands down, the most addictive tv show I’ve ever seen. It’s basically a British drama about being rich and powerful. Ha, British. You all saw that coming, right? Even Netflix knows I love England, since the things it recommends to me are goofy British tv shows, British tv shows, and classic witty comedies (those are British, right?). Oh, and family feature animation for ages 5-7, but that’s not because of me. Maybe. If you haven’t watched it yet, the first season is instantly on Netflix and I’m sure they have it on Hulu too. And probably youtube. Just watch it, ok?! Then we can talk about how amazing it is and how much I hate the character Matthew.
You might be wondering why there’s an awkward picture of cream cheese up there. It’s because I made cream cheese brownies today. But mainly just because I thought it was a good picture. The end. Any more questions?
Earlier today I was going through various recipes trying to find a use for the gallons of cream cheese we possess. Ok, and when I say gallons I mean 3 packages. I enjoy exaggerating. And eating. And laughing. Not in that order, though. Eating definitely goes first.
Anyway, I finally found a recipe for cream cheese brownies. Um, yum? Let me tell you, these brownies might just be the most delicious gluten-free thing I’ve ever made. EVER. Even if you’ve never made anything off my blog (meanie.), I’d strongly recommend making these. You can even glutenify them, if you wish, and use regular flour instead of rice flour. I won’t cry too much.
While I was making these, I was singing We’re All In This Together from Highschool Musical to myself. For an hour, straight. I can remember every single lyric to that dumb song, as well as birthdays and phone numbers of friends I haven’t talked to in years, but I can’t remember simple facts for school? My brain’s wonky.
Oh hey, remember that time about 30 seconds ago when I told you how much I loved Downton Abbey? Yeah, it’s true. Best. Show. Ever. Ok, that’s it. I just wanted to bring it up again so you wouldn’t forget about it.
Downton Abbey. Go watch it. Or you could watch About A Boy or Batman Begins and we could discuss those instead. Or Newsies. I enjoy Newsies.
And Sarcastic Storytime actually sounds like an amazing book. Hmmm.
Oh and I almost forgot. This is my 100th post! Who’s awesome? Yeah, that would be me.
Cream Cheese Brownies
Adapted from the brownie recipe from Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise Roberts
2/3 cup rice flour (I give the recipe for it here)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
6 ozs. semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
Cream cheese filling
6 ozs. cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
3 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 325 and position rack in lower-middle of the oven. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and grease with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum. Set aside.
Over low heat, melt chocolate and butter in a large saucepan. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, and continue whisking (is whisking actually a word? It sounds about as awkward as the word squirrel does…sorry, getting side tracked here.) until mixture is totally smooth – like “Hey babe, good thing I have my library card, ’cause I’m checking you out” smooth. Slowly add flour mixture and whisk until just incorporated.
To make the cream cheese filling, beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.
Pour 3/4 of batter into prepared pan. Top with cream cheese mixture, and then pour the rest of the brownie batter on top. Using a knife, cut through the batter a few times to make it swirly and cool looking. Top with chocolate chips, if you so desire. Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with wet crumbs. Cool in pan. And try not to eat all the brownies by yourself.