September 26, 2006

Cheesecake Brownies





Ingredients:

brownie layer:
2 eggs, at room temperature
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt



cheesecake layer:
1 egg, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour or using baking spray with flour one 8x8 inch pan. In a medium pot, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing the surface with a spatula as needed. In a separate bowl, beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, flour and vanilla until fluffy. Carefully pour over brown layer. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack then slice and serve. The cooler the brownie, the easier it will be to cut.


My thoughts:
I have been wanting to make cheesecake brownies for what seems like years but could never find the perfect recipe. I've been thinking about making them a lot lately and decided to finally come up with my own recipe. Tonight is the Gilmore Girls premiere which I have been looking forward to all summer, even though I was sorely disappointed in Season 6. What better way to usher it in then with cheesecake brownies? I wanted a recipe that created 2 distinct levels of cheesecake and brownie (no swirling), was very chocolate-y without overpowering the cream cheese and which created a minimum of dishes. These brownies are darn near perfect. They are very chocolate-y while still maintaining the tang of cream cheese. Not to mention that by making the brownies in one pot, it minimized the dishes to my Kitchenaid, a pot, a measuring cup and a spoon. Rory and Lorelei would be proud.

19 comments:

  1. Yummus. I want one! (I want a whole pan, actually.)

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  2. My husband would love those. I might have to surprise him with them. It's kind of like cheesecake with a brownie crust! Yum.

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  3. I think I'm going to break my solemn vow -- no baking until I get my new kitchen -- and make these tomorrow. They look fantastic!

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  4. I love, love, love cheesecake brownies. Yours look especially delicious! I, too, love those things you can mix up all in one bowl. Cleaning up is the worst part.

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  5. Brownies AND cheesecake? Oh my...

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  6. have i died and gone to heaven?!! I've never heard of cheesecake brownies, but these look really great!

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  7. These look amazing - they are low fat, right?

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  8. Oh, cheesecake brownies are one of my extreme weaknesses and yours look sooo good! I love how you made such a big cheesecake topping, rather than swirling it. I wish you were my neighbor so you could share! :)

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  9. cheesecake brownies - that sound like it's going to kill you and send you to pleasure land at the same time! wow. thanks for sharing the recipe - i'll be making these (all too) soon :)

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  10. I love brownies, i love cheesecake. So can there be a better combination than this?! This is a definite must try. Thanks!

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  11. These look really, really yummy! I'm going to have to try them.

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  12. Cheesecake and brownies in one? Brilliant!


    Ari (Baking and Books)

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  13. I want it.
    Sounds like a great idea to me!

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  14. ok, i caved. i am making these this evening after work. i hope they freeze well or i can see myself sticking my face in such a concoction & eating the whole thing. give away or share? never! they look/sound too good. great combo.

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  15. omg....you just HAD to post a picture of these, huh? LUST!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Okay I just served these after our meal breaking the Yom Kippur fast. They are SO GOOD!! I even mistakenly added an extra egg to the brownie layer (because I had three out and forgot that one needed to go in the white layer) and they were still outstanding. Thank you!

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  17. I LOVE this recipe!! I made them for my boyfriend last year for Valentines day in heart shaped pans and he loved them! They tasted amazing! I did make them a second time and used a box brownie mix and they were just as good! I definitely reccomend!

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  18. Do you think adding fresh raspberries would work in this and if so when would be the right time in the baking process to add them?

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  19. Darcey

    I think it would be worth a shot. Fold them in at the end.

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