[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

[sweet semifreddo Lasagne] Caramel Apple cookie crumble Lasagne

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Well, with this recipe it is official autumn for me!  Time for apples, nuts, pumkins, Halloween, long movie nights, rainy walks outside and cold weather. I am not a big fan of this dark and rainy time of the year, therefore I wanted to make the start of this season more easy. And is there anything better than an easy dessert together with a hot tea while sitting on your cozy sofa and watch the rain outside?

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I have to admit that i love italian food, of course the typical dishes as pizza, pasta and Lasagne, but also the sweet things as ice cream, Tiramisu or Cantuccini. Inspired by italian influences I thought about a dessert which is not that typical in Italy: A sweet Lasagne! The clue of this recipe is that it is based on different layers of apples, cookies, caramel and a smooth creamcheese cream.

Holidays for your soul!

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Caramel Apple cookie Crumble Lasagne

ingredients:
3-4 apples (take a sour one)
juice of 0,5 lemon
1 tbsp. starch flour1 tspb cinnamon
50 g brown sugar
1 tbsp. marple syrup
for the cream:
120 g cream cheese
60 g confectioners sugar
1 tbsp.. brown sugar
1 tbsp.. cinnamon
60 g heavy cream
vanilla
2 tbspp caramel sauce
300 g cottage cheese
200 g whole wheat cookies
more caramel for decoration

Directions:

  1. Remove skin of the apples and cut into smaller chunks. Mix with lemon juice. In a bowl whisk together starch flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Put apples in a saucepan, add dry ingredients and the marple syrup. Let it boil and slowly cooked for about abour 10 minutes or until apples are smooth.
  2. Cream creamcheese together with confectioners sugar, brown sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. At last add cottage cheese and caramel sauce.
  3. Take a casserole or any other dish and pour one third of the cream in it. Crumble cookies and sprinkle half of them on the cream. Take half of the apples on the crumbles. Repeat this layering with the rest of the ingredients: cream, cookie crumbles and apples. The last layer should be cream of cookie crumbles.
  4. Chill for at least 4 hours in the fridge. For an extra cooling effect (semifreddo) put in your freezer for 30 minutes.

 

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Have fun making!

xxx

Caprice