Sunday, 27 September 2009

Chocolate & Cream Cheese Brownies


Last autumn if I had any occasion to make a cake, it was an apple & cider one using my own recipe. The apple season being over, I duly moved on to other things. Having recently come across an apple & cider recipe on Anyone for Seconds and having been given a bag of apples this weekend, I was all set to make an apple & cider cake. At the last minute, I realised I had forgotten to get any cider and with time fast running out and some cream cheese in the fridge, I ended up making something far more decadent - Nigella's Cream Cheese Brownies.

This is what I did:
  • Melted 125g unsalted butter in a pan with 125g 85% chocolate and 200g dark brown sugar.
  • Sieved 80g flour (wholemeal spelt), made a well in the centre and poured in the chocolate mixture.
  • Mixed this up together with 2 duck eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Spooned half of this into a buttered 20x25cm tin.
  • Covered this with slices of cream cheese - 200g in total.
  • Topped this with remaining brownie mixture.
  • Baked in preheated oven at 180C (gas 4) for 17 mins.
  • Left to cool then cut into 16 smallish slices.
The tangy saltiness of the cheese cuts through the rich chocolatey confection - somewhat like a cheesecake, which I guess is what it is. That's what my chief taster says anyway! He also thinks it's absolutely delicious. The apple and cider cake will have to wait until next week.

11 comments:

  1. ooh the job of chief taster certainly sounds like a good one.

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  2. You are talking my language ;0)

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  3. delish! Must give these a whirl. :)

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  4. I LOVE this recipe and yours look great! Your blog is really good too : )

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  5. Aww shucks HFJ - keep those comments coming!

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  6. The cream cheese bit sounds interesting.

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  7. Love brownies - never tried them with cream cheese - bet they taste great!

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  8. I made some chocolate & cream cheese brownies, today, using another recipe which has walnuts in too and you have to swirl the cream cheese mixture into the chocolate mixture. I didn't really like the taste of the cream cheese in it.

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  9. Oh that's a real shame Maya, but sometimes you don't quite know until you try. I like the combination of cream cheese and chocolate and I also like the idea of swirling the cheese through the mixture.

    Thank you for all your comments BTW :)

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  10. With regards to my previous comment - I have eaten somemore of them and I think they're so much nicer cool. I had first tried them just out of the oven, greedy as I am! Husband and one daughter think they're delicious. (Other daughter won't even try them because they've got nuts in them!!)

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