Monday, January 16, 2012

Cheesecake Brownies - Chocolate cheesecake squares

Last week, I was taken by surprise when Taruna of Easyfoodsmith gave me the "Versatile Blogger Award". I am really flattered, that too, to be sharing this wonderful award with the likes of Sonali of Onlyfishrecipes, Jay of Tasty Appetite, Amy of Food Corner et al who are all my seniors in the blogosphere. Thank you so much for sharing your award with me, Taruna.

To celebrate the occasion, I'm posting this cheesecake brownie or chocolate cheesecake square recipe. It's a two-in-one recipe. The bottom consists of fudge-like brownies and the top layer consists of cheesecake with chocolate swirls. Initially, I was hesitant whether to make them or not. But I had some chocolate and a cream cheese box that I wanted to empty and I must admit that I'm glad that I made them because were deliriously delicious. This is one of the best bakes I have ever made. These sinfully delicious cheesecake brownies take some time, effort and precision to make but are well worth the effort in the end. The thing about brownies is that, unlike cakes, they will remain just as succulent on the second day (and after that) as they were on the day you made them.
Brownie:
115 g semisweet chocolate (chips)
85 g salted butter
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cheesecake:
200 g soft cream cheese
1 large egg
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Method:
Prepare a 9*9 inches (23*23 cm) or slightly smaller baking pan. Line the bottom of the baking pan with aluminium foil or lightly buttered parchment paper and the sides as well.

Heat 1 inch of water in a bowl at below medium heat. Place a heat-proof bowl on top of it, that doesn't touch the water underneath. Melt the butter in the bowl first and then add evenly chopped chocolate. Keep stirring until it becomes completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat. Mix in the sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the flour and lightly whisk until the batter is smooth. Try not to incorporate too much air into the batter. Put aside about 1/3 of the chocolate batter. Now spoon in the remainder of the brownie batter evenly in the baking pan.

Prepare the cheese cake now. In a bowl, whisk the cream cheese until soft with a handmixer. Add the sugar and the egg and process until creamy, smooth and well-blended. Spoon in and spread the cheese cake batter evenly on top of the brownie batter. Now, take the brownie batter that you put aside and spoon small dollops of brownie batter evenly over the cream cheese batter. Then with a table knife or wooden knife, swirl the two batters (the cream cheese and the chocolate dollops) on top. Bake the cheesecake brownie in the middle part of the oven at 175 C (350 F) for about 25-30 minutes or until they look baked and the edges of the brownie are beginning to brown.

Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack. Cut them in squares once they have cooled down completely. You could also refrigerate them (after allowing them to cool to room temperature) to get a firm chocolate cheesecake squares. Keep them in an airtight container, in the fridge or at room temperature.

15 comments:

Anzz said...

Amazing .! This is a perfect entry to my event to dear. I am hosting my first blog event plus giveaway - Valentines Special. Do check it out and be a part of it. Would be great..!

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Rathai said...

Oh, thank for letting me know about that. Will surely send in some more entries. :)

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow..cheesecake brownies looks so delectable....perfectly made dear :-)

sangee vijay said...

wow..this looks so perfect n delicious...choco brownies are in my to do list, will make it soon :)

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Ramya said...

WOW..this makes an awesome dessert..must try..beautiful presentation. thanks for linking with my event

Rathai said...

Thank you guys for the encouraging feedback. :)

Jay said...

wow...looks mouthwatery..
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easyfoodsmith said...

This is really a sweet way to celebrate! The Chocolate Cheesecake Squares look stunning. Can't wait to try this. I am sure my daughter is gonna gorge on them.

Mahi said...

Brownies look beautiful! Cute creation Rathai! :)

Sayantani said...

am drooling over here...what a post. that dessert is gorgeous.

Now Serving said...

what a perfect bake dear! Looks super duper lip-smakcing yum!

hemalata said...

Very tempting brownies,nice preparation n presentation too...

Sudha said...

Dear Rathai,
The cheesecake looks amazing and so so beautifully made!
I'm so pleased to pass on the 'Triple Cute awards' and the 'Cherry on Top Award' to your wonderful blog!Please do check out the link at my place and accept the award -

http://witwokandwisdom.blogspot.com/2012/01/potato-and-chicken-strips-curry-curry.html

Hope to see you soon:)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

these look just awesome! i love cheesecake & i love brownies & this combines my 2 fav things :)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Looks SO good!!! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

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