[Brownie + cheesecake = endless lovestory] Double chocolate cream cheese Brownies

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Today I am gonna tell you one of my all-time secret cravings (besides cookies, banana bread, macarones, cheesecake, cinnamon buns, scones… you see I have many secret sweet cravings!). But this one especially appear at cold and rainy days! As much as I love my new home the weather could defintely be much better! The only way to  go against these grey days is treating yourself with something sweet and chocolatery (at least for me!)

But I think all of you know that feeling when you are craving for something  (not only at rainy days). Today I show you my soul food packed with lots of chocolate, cream cheese and love. Actually its too basic to call these brownies just “Double chocolate cream cheese Brownies” which I did.  We should better call this an endless lovestory between intensive dark chocolate and absolutely creamy cheeecake! You will understand this by your first bite of this heavenly treat!

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For me this brownie is the perfect combination of both perfect cakes. On one side chewy and rich chocolate cake and on the other side delicious cheesecake united in one fantastic cake! Don`t be scared of the amounts! It was enough for one large baking pan! And please do not try to save calories by replacing butter, sugar or the amount of chocolate. This will change the consistence in a very bad way. These brownies are not only worth the calories, they will also put a smile on your face, trust me! So next time you need an encouragement or something to master these rainy days, these brownies are my be-happy-promise for you! 🙂

 

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Double chocolate cream cheese Brownies

Ingredients:

brownie batter:
460 g white sugar
5 eggs
1 tbsp. corn syrup
250 g dark chocolate
100 g milk chocolate
250 g butter
210 g flour
1,5 tbsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

cream cheese filling:
350 g cream cheese
100 g butter
130 g white sugar
3 eggs

optional: 70 g (white) chocolate chips or 70 g nuts (almonds, walnuts etc.)

Directions:

  1. For the brownie batter: Melt the milk and dark chocolate and butter and let it cool. In another bowl whisk together the 5 eggs with sugar. Add the corn syrup. Now add the cooled chocolate mixture. Mix both mixtures. Whisk together flour, salt und baking powder and add as well to the mix. Optional add chocolate chips, nuts etc.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C and oil a baking pan.
  3. For the cream cheese filling: Mix cream cheese, butter, white sugar and eggs until smooth.
  4. Pour 2/3 of the brownie batter into the prepares pan. Then pour cream cheese filling on top. With a spoon add the rest of the brownie batter in 6 lumps on top . With the help of a wooden stick make a marbled design with both batters.
  5. Put in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.

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Have fun baking!

xxx

Caprice

[declaration of my strawberry love] Brownie sandwiches with strawberries and mascarpone

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Summer is nearly over and this means that strawberry season is nearly over too. The official time for strawberries is from May to August. So this recipe is just in time! I am a big fan of strawberries and could eat tons of them! Dipped and glazed with chocolate, combined with a large glass of fresh milk or as a fruity filling for cakes!

When I was younger (okay I have to admit still today) I used to pick strawberries from my grandparents’ garden. Of course I couldn’t resist eating most of them right away. Unfortunately because of my constant snacking of the sweet berries I wasn’t hungry anymore when my grandma baked her famous strawberry cake! When I grew up I learned that it is also possible to have both: snacking a little less strawberries and eating a small piece of granny’s cake!  As the word is: It’s never too late to learn..!

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Today I would like to show you one of my favorite strawberry recipes. The combination of the sweet taste of strawberries, the strong chocolate flavor of the brownie and the Mascarpone and heavy cream vanilla filling is a treat you should give to yourself!

Brownie Sandwiches with strawberries and mascarpone

Ingredients:
300 g good quality dark chocolate
2 eggs
50 g butter
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
80 g sugar
65 g flour
0,5 tbsp. baking soda
pinch of salt

for the filling:
125 g mascarpone
100 g yoghurt
125 g cottage cheese
125 g heavy cream
3 tbsp Muscovado sugar (or Brown sugar)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

650 g strawberries

Directions:

  1. In a bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water melt the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and let it cool completely (otherwise your brownies will turn out hard and dry!).
  2. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a pan with parchment paper. In a bowl cream together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix in the melted chocolate mixture.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and slowly add to the chocolate-egg mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  5. For the filling: Mix together Mascarpone, yoghurt, cottage cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat the heavy cream until stiff and add to the filling.
  6. With a cookie cutter cut out any shapes you like of the brownie. Then put some filling on your piece of brownie and place another piece on top. Add more filling and decorate with strawberries.

 

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Have fun baking!

xxx

Caprice