Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Cheesecake-Marbled Brownies

I first saw this recipe for Cheesecake-Marbled Brownies in the June 2007 issue of Gourmet magazine. I kept pointing it out to anybody who would listen, saying something like, "That sounds good." Or, "That would be good to make."

Of course, being me, nothing came out of that.

Then, when we were planning the party for Alice during her visit here, JS mentioned that this was a dessert we could do. Alice herself was very excited by such a possibility. But, as you can see from our Alice's Back-in-Vancouver party menu, that didn't come to pass.

Months passed. The seasons changed.

Yes, we've been thinking about this for a whole year.

It took CSC's sudden interest in baking (thanks to America's Test Kitchen) to put making cheesecake-marbled brownies within the realm of reality. JS made this request of her.

How ironic, then, that it was me who had to finish making it!

(CSC started it, but was called away by her brood. I believe it was bedtime.)

This is a 15-minute recipe according to Gourmet. And it was actually quite easy. The link to the recipe is here. (I've also typed it up below.)

Brownie batter:

Melting butter and chocolate, then adding sugar. Not pictured was the addition of eggs and flour. Into the pan it went.

Cheesecake batter:
Cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in the Kitchen-Aid mixer and onto the brownie batter that went.

Swirl away!

I think I went a little overboard with the swirling. But, no harm done.

This was good!

For some reason, though, ours wasn't as chocolate-y as it could've been. Maybe the chocolate was measured wrong? Is that 2 ounces in weight or in volume? We did it by weight. Maybe we can try putting in more chocolate or adding cocoa powder to the batter.

I also wanted MORE cheesecake on it. Maybe we can just make more of that cheesecake batter to put on top.

I should get CSC working on Cheesecake-Marbled Brownie Version 2.

Ok, here is version 2 and 3 and more.

Version 2
I added chocolate chips hoping to make it more chocolate-y, but it turns out that chocolate chips MELT and become a “liquid” ingredient.

So, after a loooooong baking time where the centre still wouldn’t set, I finally just pulled out the pan and let the whole thing cool, which then of course, “set” the chocolate back to solid. This made the brownie turned out to be more fudge-y. But that didn’t stop TS from finishing half (almost) the first night.

Version 3
I added 1 tbsp of cocoa powder as per TS (she told me this just after version 1, but I got confused and put choc chips instead of cocoa). So this time, I made sure it was cocoa powder.

The texture of the brownie was quite nice.

Version 4?
If we make this again, we would be probably add 2 tbsp of cocoa, as TS was still not quite satisfied with the chocolate-y-ness of the brownie… of course, the whole thing was still all gone the next day anyway. =)

Recipe from Gourmet magazine, June 2007

For brownie batter
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour

For cheesecake batter
8 ounces cream cheese, well softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Make brownie batter:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.

Heat butter and chocolate in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, whisking occasionally, just until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, eggs, vanilla, and a pinch of salt until well combined. Whisk in flour until just combined and spread in baking pan.

Make cheesecake batter and bake brownies:
Whisk together cheesecake batter ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Dollop over brownie batter, then swirl in with a knife or spatula.

Bake until edges are slightly puffed and center is just set, about 35 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

CSC and CSC-collaborated blog posts:
Carrot Cake
Lemon Bars
Cheesecake-Marbled Brownies
Mario's Pine Nut and Ricotta Tart
Shanghai Potstickers, Faux Siu Mai and "Huo Tyeh" (aka CSC's Chinese Dumplings)
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Quick and Rice Chocolate Frosting


  1. I love cream cheese brownies! It's even better when only 15 minutes of prep time is required. Your swirling job looks like a beautiful abstract painting. ;-)

  2. He, he... will version .2 be ready in 2010? ;-)

    Lovely brownies :D

  3. Chuck:
    Thanks! I *am* quite artistic, if I do say so myself. ;D

    At the rate we go sometimes, maybe even 2010 is too soon. Or, I guess, we can sort of "fix" old problems but create new ones. Then release v.3 in 2011. =D


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