by Michelle Gervais
(technical editor of Fine Gardening.)
Shamrocks have been symbolic of many things over the years. According to legend, the shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad, and three was a mystical number in the Celtic religion, as in many others. St. Patrick used the shamrock in the 5th century to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as he introduced Christianity to Ireland."
~ Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)
CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE GUINNESS BROWNIES
~ Rich chocolate lover's dream clipped from 2007 Detroit Free Press
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 room temperature egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. softened butter
8 oz. chopped premium dark bittersweet chocolate
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
4 room temperature eggs
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups room temperature Guinness or other stout beer
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper or grease and flour the pan.
- For filling: In medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. Add vanilla and egg until just blended. Set aside.
- For brownies: In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
- In top of double boiler over simmering water, melt butter, bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Remove from heat.
- In large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add melted chocolate mixture, beating until combined. Beat in flour mixture and whisk in beer; the batter will seem thin. Stir in chocolate chips - they will sink to bottom. Pour entire mixture into prepared pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture on top and run a knife through it several times to create a marble effect.
- Bake 30 minutes, or until visible cream cheese is lightly browned and wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan before cutting into squares. ( 24 servings)