How long in advance can I bake the Cream-Cheese Brownies? Are they suitable for freezing? Can I freeze them as plain brownies, without the cream cheese?
Nigella's Cream-Cheese Brownies from [HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS](/books/how to be a domestic goddess)) are fudgy brownies with a tangy cream cheese layer baked into the centre. The brownies can be made in advance and if you are making them for a special event then we would suggest freezing them until needed. If you can leave them in the pan then wrap the whole pan tightly in a double layer of clingfilm (plastic wrap) and a layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the pan overnight in a cool place then cut up and remove the brownies. If you have to remove the brownies from the pan then put them in airtight containers, with pieces of baking parchment (parchment paper) in between layers of brownies if you have to stack them, and freeze for up to one month. To thaw the brownies, put them on a wire rack and leave at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
The brownies will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 1-2 days, but if the weather is warm/hot or if you have a centrally heated house with the temperature turned up then we would suggest storing the brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Remove the brownies from the fridge 1-2 hours before serving, so that they lose some of their chill.