8.23.2011

Brownies please


Like the rest of those foodies out there I love everything about food – searching through stores and markets for the best produce, talking about food, eating it and of course cooking and baking. When I’m in my kitchen with the ingredients I love I’m a happy person; conceptualizing a dish from start to finish and then working to create it is not only stress-relieving but also a wonderful creative outlet.

This morning I woke up with a sore throat and a headache – boo. The one thing I wanted to do was bake something to make me feel better. I couldn’t think of anything better than cheesecake brownies - indulgent and rich. I looked through a few recipes but the one that won me over was from the master-of-all-that-is-sweet David Lebovitz.
I altered the recipe a little and I’m not sure if this was the reason I ended up with a less marbled and therefore less beautiful brownie - or it could've been my feeling a little under the weather. But regardless of looks the taste was wonderful - dark chocolate smoothness combined with velvety, creamy cheese goodness! This is a serious brownie and the recipe is definitely a keeper. Note: I used gluten-free flour to ensure proper brownie squidgy-ness. Enjoy.


cheesecake brownies
adapted from David Lebovitz's recipe
makes 16 pieces
* I used organic where possible


main brownie mix
3 tbsp (40g) butter
3 tbsp (40g) coconut oil
115g dark chocolate (I used 85%)
2/3 (130g) cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup gluten-free flour
1 tbsp good quality cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (80g) dark chocolate broken into small pieces – or chocolate chips

cream cheese mix
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 egg yolk
5 tbsp (75g) brown sugar
drop of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Prepare a 23cm square pan with foil – line and lightly grease.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter, oil and chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in sugar then mix in eggs. Next add flour, cocoa powder and salt – then vanilla extract and chocolate pieces. Spread into prepared pan and even out.
To make cream cheese mix – beat cream cheese, vanilla extract, sugar and egg yolk together until smooth.

Add cream cheese mix in dollops across chocolate batter and using a small spatula or knife make swirl patterns with cream cheese to create marble effect. Place into oven and bake 30-40 minutes or until batter is set.  Take out and cool before slicing. Place into fridge and enjoy cold.

22 comments:

  1. I've made the same brownies from David Lebovitz! Mmm, they look lovely! Like your adaptations!

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  2. Less marbled they may be, but they still look really good to me - I could go a few slices of those right now!

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  3. Combining my 2 favourite desserts Cheesecake and Brownies...makes me very happy! These just look wonderful!

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  4. I should definitely try this! It's delicious!

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  5. I think these look gorgeous. Dark chocolate and cheesecake is always sexy in my books! lol

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  6. These look super pretty to me! The use of coconut oil and butter is very interesting. I love coconut oil in baked goods.

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  7. I've never cooked with coconut oil before. Would using copha be similar?

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  8. Baking is such a joy and relief for me too..
    the smell alone is mmmm

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  9. What a sweet coincidence! Only last week I made David Lebovitz's cheesecake brownies. They tasted sinful. SO dark, rich and decadent. It is a killer recipe.

    Yours look beautiful :-) Hope you are feeling better.

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  10. Awww I hope you're feeling better soon! These brownies sound wonderful!

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  11. looks fabulous first time here hope you feel better

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  12. I have been on such a brownie kick lately and these look amazing! I love combining brownies with different flavors. Hope you feel better soon too!

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  13. Cheesecake? Brownies? Together? Yes please!
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who bakes something when she's feeling sick... hope these brownies were just the pick-me-up you needed.

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  14. I realized that after cookies, brownie recipes have the most posts on my blog. I was starting to feel a little self conscience about this until I saw this lovely post. Whew! I'm not alone with my love of brownies.

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  15. I think these brownies are quite beautiful! Sweet and rich and I imagine so satisfying! I hope they helped your head and throat and that you are feeling better! : )

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  16. You baked when you didn't feel well! Wow, that's more energy than I when my throat is sore and I have a headache.

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  17. These sound so wonderful. I love that they're gluten-free and use really dark chocolate. That just takes it over the top.

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  18. Thanks for the well wishes friends - the brownies helped : )

    As for the questions:
    Charlie - I wasn't sure what copha was and after googling it I found out - I think it should be a fine substitute if you can't get regular coconut oil (from health food stores).

    Glad to see so many people love brownies - will be on the search for more interesting ideas...happy baking!

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  19. I know- food is so stress relieving!! I love cheesecake brownies! :D And yours look great!

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  20. *Drool*
    Oh they're perfect. Absolutely perfect. Definitely putting it on my list of rainy day treats to make!

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  21. Aren't brownies wonderful? I just made a batch of my favorite brownies too. I hope they helped you feel better!

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  22. this sound so good .. looks so yummy

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