[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

[my favourite souvenir from Florida] Key Lime Pie with meringue

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Guess what is the land of sunshine and oranges – Of course it’s Florida!

I just returned from my spontaneous trip from Florida which was packed with many activities. Florida offers so many possibilities, that it was quite hard to decide what to do in this beautiful state. Besides the must-do activities like visiting the Kennedy Space Center, theme parks, watching so many different animals (like manatees, alligators, whales and dolphins), visiting museums (like the Dalí museum in St.Petersburg), different cities like Tampa or Orlando and of course enjoy Miami’s heat and the beautiful scene of Miami beach.

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But my trip was as well a culinary experience. Eating seafood on the Keys or Cuban sandwiches in Miami or Tampa, have the best burgers at a beach bbq or enjoy the best hand crafted ice cream in Orlando and drink lots of ice cold orange juice… These are only our highlights from the trip. Florida has much more to offer! One famous and typical recipe from Florida is the Key Lime pie, which is typical for the Florida Keys! Of course there are many discussions about the perfect recipe. Some people say the cake does not have meringue on top and the filling is just consist eggs and cream cheese. But there is no doubt about the fact that the color of the cake is light yellow, not green (like some tourists in Florida think it is because of the limes!).

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The following recipe is my own interpretation of this cake. I prefer having meringue on top because it is the perfect complement to the slightly sour taste of lemon in the filling.

Key Lime pie with meringue

Ingredients:
for the crust:
200 g whole grain cookies (like graham crackers)
50 g butter

for the filling:
500 g cream cheese
300 g curd cheese
125 g White sugar
6 tbsp. lemon juice
4 tbsp. lime juice
4 egg yolks

for the meringue:
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
120 g sugar
60 g confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp. corn starch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Melt butter. Crumble cookies and mix with the butter. Press crumb mixture very firm into the bottom of a pan.
  2. Separate the eggs. Combine the egg yolks, cream cheese, curd cheese, sugar, lime and lemon juice. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  3. Meantime prepare the meringue. In a bowl beat egg whites with salt, then slowly add the white sugar. Sift corn starch and confectioner’s sugar and combine with the stiff egg white mixture. Fill mixture into a piping bag. After baking time remove cake from oven and pipe little tuffs on the cake.
  4. Turn oven to 250°C and grill function and bake cake for another 5-10 minutes (This step really depends on your oven, some take just a few minutes, others need more time!).
  5. After baking, turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven. This prevents forming cracks on the top of the cheesecake.

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Have fun baking and have a wonderful sunday!

xxx

Caprice

[cheesecake the other way around] Chocolate crumble cheesecake with caramel bottom

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Finally exam period is over!!

After hours of studying now it’s time for some free time! Time for baking, meeting friends and travelling (can’t wait to get on a plane again next week)! To start this season with an appropriate cake I thought about my favorite recipes that I already posted…

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Maybe you remember my version of New York cheesecake I posted a few weeks ago? Cheesecake is by far one of my all time favorite cakes. So how can you beat your favorite cake? My idea was to add dark chocolate, streusel and a caramel layer. To create a very smooth, creamy and rich consistence I used ricotta cheese and mascapone. I have to admit that I love eating but this cheesecake is that rich and heavy that I nearly couldn’t finish my piece of cake. Crumbly and buttery streusel on top of the creamy and chocolatery filling meet a caramel layer between two bottoms of crispy shortcrust…

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Chocolate crumble cheesecake with caramel bottom

ingredients:
for the shortcrust:
250 g flour
1 egg
150 g butter (room temperature)
pinch of salt
100 g sugar
3 tbsp. unsweetened cacao powder

3-4 tbsp. caramel sauce

for the filling:
100 g dark chocolate
100 g nut nougat
250 g ricotta cheese
250 g mascapone
300 g cottage cheese
300 g plain yoghurt
150 g sugar
3 eggs
1 package of chocolate custard powder
1 tbsp. unsweetened cacao powder

for the streusel:
125 g flour
75 g butter
1 tbsp. cacao powder
pinch of salt
3-4 tbsp. cold water

Directions:

  1. Prepare the shortcrust: Mix together flour, salt, cacao powder and sugar. Then cut the butter into smaller chunks and add together with the egg to the dough. Knead until smooth, wrap into plastic and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Meantime prepare the filling by separating the eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff. In another bowl mix together sugar, ricotta, mascapone, cottage cheese and the yoghurt. One after another add the egg yorks. Over an waterbath melt the dark chocolate and nut nougat and slowy add to the mixture. Now add cacao powder and the chocolate custard powder. At last add the stiff egg whites.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C and prepare a pan by oling it. Take the shortcrust dough out of the fridge and half it. Roll out and put into the pan, cover with caramel sauce. Then take the other half and roll in out the same way. Put it onto the caramel sauce and try to form a edge to prevent filling from leaking.
  4. For the streusel: Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and cacao powder. Melt butter and add it with the cold water. Crumble dough until streusel are appearing. Cover the cake with the streusel and bake for one hour. Let it cool completely then remove from pan.

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Have fun baking!

xxx

Caprice