The Cookbook Challenge: Week 8 Sweet Recipe: Cream cheese milk chocolate brownies

by April@MyFoodTrail on January 9, 2010

in Baking, Cookbook Challenge 2010, Recipes, Slices

Theme: Sweet
Cookbook: How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson

This week’s choice of recipe was based solely on ingredients. I had a block of cream cheese and a block of milk chocolate that was expiring in a few days so I was looking for a recipe with both cream cheese and milk chocolate.

One day when I have time (read: never!) I would like to have an index of all the recipes I want to make in a database and a list of the ingredients in each recipe so I can do an easy search when I have particular ingredients to use up. For now I have to be satisfied with a manual search flipping through each cookbook!

I would normally go for the AWW Bake cookbook first, but I wanted to use a cookbook I haven’t used in the Cookbook Challenge yet. I remembered there was a recipe for cream cheese brownies in Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess, which uses both cream cheese and chocolate. The recipe calls for dark chocolate but I used milk chocolate instead.


Cream cheese milk chocolate brownies

125g milk chocolate (original dark chocolate)
100g unsalted butter (original 125g)
2 large eggs
170g caster sugar (original 200g)
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g plain flour
pinch of salt
160g cold cream cheese (I only used about 2/3 of a 250g block)

1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced) and line a 23cm square baking tin with baking paper.

2. Combine the flour with the salt and set aside.

3. Melt the chocolate and butter over low heat in a heavy based saucepan until completed melted and smooth. Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Melted milk chocolate & butter

4. Beat the eggs together with the sugar and vanilla. I used an electric whisk.

Whisked eggs, sugar & vanilla

5. Beat the egg mixture into the melted chocolate, then add the flour and beat until smooth.

6. Pour half the mixture into the tin, slice the cream cheese as thinly as you can and top the brownie mixture in the tin with these thin slices.

Poured some of the mixture on the cream cheese before I realised I forgot to take a photo of the cream cheese slices!

7. Pour over the remaining mixture, using a rubber spatula make sure all the cheese is covered.

There wasn’t much batter so I struggled to cover all the cheese completely

8. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. The top should be slightly paled and dry, but a cake tester through the centre should reveal a still sticky centre.

Brownies out of the oven

9. Cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serve warm or cold.

Results: I don’t know what happened, but my brownie mixture was so thin, only about 1cm high! I had trouble making the batter cover the bottom of the tray and as a result, didn’t have much leftover to cover the cream cheese! I should have used dark chocolate since these brownies didn’t have the usual rich, intense chocolate flavour I normally associate with brownies. I did like the layer of cream cheese to give a slight saltiness to cut through the sweetness of the chocolate. These brownies tasted ok, but nothing special. I brought most of it to work and everyone seemed to like them, but maybe that’s because they never got to try the awesome cheesecake brownies I made a while ago!

Would I make it again? Probably not. There are other brownie recipes I would try first, though if I did make them again, I would use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef January 10, 2010 at 1:43 am

I like this idea, and they look pretty damn tasty, it's a shame you were ruined by the greatness of the cheesecake brownies. Actually no, it's not a shame at all. Cheesecake brownies are awesome and should be celebrated 😀


yummy recipes January 10, 2010 at 7:13 am

Yum yum great recipe, I really like it..thanks for posting


Agnes January 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

What a shame your brownies ended up so thin. At least you got to use up your cream cheese and chocolate and offload the result on your workmates!


Ange January 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Even though they're thin, they still look good, love making brownies & trying out different variations. On the database, have you tried this website?
I've been using it & its great for looking up an ingredient & finding a recipe from one of your books using it, they have heaps of books listed too so even though mine arent all covered it still gives me great options


Rilsta January 11, 2010 at 11:36 am

Hi Conor: The cheesecake brownies are the best! These didn't seem so great in comparison, but I like you, like the idea of bits of cream cheese in a brownie. The batter just needs to be better!

Hi yummy recipes: Thanks! 🙂

Hi Agnes: Hehe, yes, though I'm sure they didn't see it as an "offload"! 😛

Hi Ange: Hey, that site is so awesome!! Thanks so much for the tip. Will be registering for it. I just hope it is accurate!

Reply January 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Yum! I love the idea of the cream cheese inside as I find brownies too rich to eat on their own…may need to try adding this to my own brownie recipe. Leigh


Rilsta January 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

Hi Leigh: The cream cheese is definitely a great addition to a plain brownie!


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