Lemon brownies

If you don’t like chocolate, then close this post immediately as this won’t be of any interest for you. We’re talking heavy and rich brownies with an enormous amount of chocolate, but with the refreshing accompliment of lemon! I have to admit that these brownies were almost too chocolaty for my taste as I’m not especially into chocolate, but everyone else loved these gooey brownies. Thanks to the tangy lemon the brownies don’t cause any chocolate death and adds a nice touch.

I found the recipe on La Mia Cucina by Lis, but it’s originally from Recipezaar. I’ve modified the recipe and changed the amounts, I especially cut down a lot on the sugar as they sounded too sweet. The original name in lemon mousse brownies, but the mousse isn’t really a mousse but a kind of custard.

Lemon brownies
(Adapted from Recipezaar. Recipe converted into metric system and then the amounts were changed).

370 gram semi-sweet chocolate
55 gram butter
230 gram cream cheese
350 gram sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
170 gram flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Lemon layer:
110 gram cream cheese
100 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
50 gram sugar
3 eggs

170 gram semi-sweet chocolate
150 ml whipping cream

Melt 370 gram semi-sweet chocolate and butter together in double boiler. Remove from heat.

In mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, sugar and eggs. Beat until well mixed.

Add vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the melted chocolate mixture and mix until smooth. Pour into greased 22 cm x 30cm pan (the height must be at least 5 cm).

Lemon layer:
Beat 110 gram cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar until creamy and smooth. Continue beating while adding eggs one at a time. When well blended, pour over first layer. The mixture will be quite thin.

Place 170 gram chocolate and cream together and melt in double boiler. Stir until chocolate melts. Drizzle over lemon layer.

Bake at 175º C for about 45-55 minutes. Serve chilled.

22 Responses to “Lemon brownies”

  1. Chrystel
    August 20th, 2007 23:24

    I like chocolate so I don’t close this post. This recipe is fantastic. Hummmm !! I’m ready to work in my kitchen immidiatly ! hi hi
    Bye. Chrys from Brittany (France)

  2. Deborah
    August 20th, 2007 23:24

    I am a chocolate lover (and a brownie lover), so I’m sure I would love these!!

  3. Liputu
    August 21st, 2007 00:36

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe and such nice pic, I keep it to try with a lime option for the custard. Bye, Liputu.

  4. Lolotte
    August 21st, 2007 00:59

    Really awesome!

  5. Rosa
    August 21st, 2007 07:36

    Wow, those brownies look fabulous! I love the idea…
    I’m definitely keeping that recipe!

  6. PHILO
    August 21st, 2007 08:51

    Excellent !

  7. Meeta
    August 21st, 2007 08:53

    Oh I can imagine the great combination of flavors here. Dagmar, they look incredible1

  8. margot
    August 21st, 2007 12:32


  9. Patricia Scarpin
    August 21st, 2007 18:35

    Lemon and chocolate together??? Delicious!

  10. Mamma
    August 21st, 2007 22:47

    No i po co ja tu zagladalam, przez ten brownies nie bede spac :-)

  11. margot
    August 22nd, 2007 18:19

    te brownies Dagmara mam piec w całosci tak ,tj
    -masa czekoladowa
    -masa cytrunowa
    -roztopiona czekolada ze smietanka
    i ta całość w 175 stopniachch te 45-55minut?

  12. Stramenopile
    August 22nd, 2007 23:25

    Wyglądają pięknie. Ale czy są gorzkie? Uwielbiam czekoladkę, ale gorycczy nie znoszę.

  13. brilynn
    August 23rd, 2007 07:00

    Those are beautiful, I love the marbling effect!

  14. musicalchef
    August 23rd, 2007 12:13

    I LOVE chocolate and lemon together!!! Thanks for the recipe, it sounds great.

  15. Tartelette
    August 24th, 2007 08:37

    I hear you! I made these the day after she posted them and we practically inhaled half the pan in one sitting! They look stunning!

  16. Pille
    August 27th, 2007 18:27

    How did I miss this recipe?? It looks wonderful, Dagmar! You should submit it for the latest Browniebabe brownie contest ;)

  17. african vanielje
    August 28th, 2007 18:55

    Every time I visit Anne’s food I try another blog from her blogroll, and she has such good taste. I love your blog and your pics are soooo delicious. Will definitely have to come back for second helpings

  18. thess
    August 29th, 2007 00:34

    what a yummylicious looking brownies! I will surely try this..and thanks for the recipe!!

  19. kellypea
    August 29th, 2007 15:48

    Oh, my. My tastebuds reacted to this recipe. Excellent looking brownies. I hadn’t thought of lemon and chocolate together, but this sounds great.

  20. Newyorkerbyheart
    August 30th, 2007 14:36

    Hi Dagmar,
    wauww this looks good……I think I might have to make these :-)

    I have been to your beautiful country many times – and we love coming there. We love a kind of bread we have bought every time and now I thought maybe I can make something like it my self. I think it’s called “Stenugnsbrot” or something like that, it’s with cumin. We LOVE that bread – but since we haven’t been to Sweden this year (because we’re building a new house), we miss it…..
    Do you have a recipe for bread with cumin?

    My best
    Birthe (Newyorkerbyheart from Denmark)

  21. Scott at Realepicurean
    September 8th, 2007 20:33

    My Wife’s a brownie addict. I always say that, as it gives me a good excuse to tuck in whilst blaming somebody else :)

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