Thursday, June 05, 2008

The day I baked...Cream Cheese Brownies

Owen was free since it was school holidays and he asked me whether I wanted to bake anything as his hands were itching to "create" something. I had remembered Teckiee and her post on baking Cream Cheese Brownies which she said was an easy task. I even had the opportunity to taste some of Teckiee's brownies and it was really yummy! Teckiee used the recipe she got from Joy Of Baking but she had cut down the sugar by half and still found it sweet. So, I cut down the sugar slightly more than half but apparently after checking in with Nigel, that could be the reason why the brownies turned out more dense and fudgy than Teckiee's or the one pictured in Joy Of Baking. Nigel said that sugar also plays a role in the cake texture and when I lessened it, I made it more dense...well, at least that was one of the possibility. He said that I could substitute same amount with eggs or milk (eggs more preferable as milk could make the brownie turn out to be more moist than it needs to be). By the way, for those who are keen, do take note that Just Heavenly will be conducting their first session of baking class soon. Click HERE for more details.

Ingredients
The ingredients - bought an hour before we started baking!

Cutting the choc block
Owen cutting the choc block smaller

Melting the chocolate and butter
Melting the coarse choc and butter over hot water

Cream Cheese Brownies, layering
After putting slightly half of the brownie part (leaving the rest for later), put in the cream cheese layer evenly.

Cream Cheese Brownies, before
Then put in the remainder brownie part over it in dollops and I did the marbling effect with a toothpick.

Cream Cheese Brownies, done
After 30 minutes in the oven, this beauty appeared!

Cream Cheese Brownies
Cream cheese with dense fudgy brownies!

Owen and I worked together on it, and he was my hand model for the photographs. Check out Ethan's post on this (he took nicer photos than me...I was rushing to go off and didn't spend enough time on the brownie shots after it was ready).Well, I must say that after about a good 2 decades or so of not baking, these Cream Cheese Brownies were easy to make. And even if the brownie part turned out more dense and fudgy, the overall taste was great and I loved how they turned out! So, to those who want the recipe, here is the link from Joy Of Baking again (but remember to take note of the sugar part, do adjust according to your sweet tooth or not so sweet tooth).


Doing this was indeed a "piece of cake"! - wmw




36 comments:

buzzingbee said...

Looks wonderful!!! YUM. Hope to try it out one day.
Thanks for the link to the recipe but I have no idea where to get cream cheese :(

Precious Pea said...

Wahh....after seeing yours, no way am going to post about my disaster cream cheese choc brownies. *That is why still not posted to date*

Live2Talk said...

The brownies look absolutely delicious, well done girl :D And from the pic, your friend Owen's hand is so soft and delicate. Mine is in such a shameless form that I need to invest in some extraordinary hand cream :(

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

Ohhhhh!!!

Jade said...

hi wmw,

May i know whether you cut the sugar to less than half on brownie layer and cream cheese layer? or just only the brownie layer.

Thanks.

J2Kfm said...

haha ... aunt-nephew baking affair. perfect chance for bonding, over common interest of food. those brownies look very nice. the marbling effect looks sophisticated la ...

Grace said...

out of all the varieties of brownies, cream cheese brownies are definitely the easiest on the eyes. ya done good. :)

Bobby said...

Creamcheese brownies? These look marvelous! I was actually thinking about making some delicious brownies last night. I might have to give these a try.

wmw said...

buzzingbee : I bought Philidephia Cream Cheese, I got it from Bake With Yen. Here's a list of some shops in Klang Valley....http://jodelibakery.netfirms.com/resources.htm
I think some supermarkets stock the cream cheese too.

Precious P : Yours a disaster? Where got!?

Live2Talk : Thanks for the compliment. Owen's my nephew, still in secondary school...hence the smooth hands. He's got nice hands!

Terri : What does that "Ohhhh!" mean? Hahaha....

Jade : I cut the sugar for both the brownie and cream cheese layer. Remember to substitute with eggs as per what Nigel had told me unless you want a more dense and fudgy brownie after cutting down on the sugar.

j2kfm : Hehehe, thanks. My both nephews seem to be interested in food related stuff...

Grace : Thanks! Yah, they look pretty :o)

Bobby : Oh, do...they are great stuff. Take note of the sugar level though, do adjust if you prefer it less sweet.

Maria said...

Wow oh Wow these cream cheese brownies are absolutely delish!!!

Maria
x

Joy said...

I love the swirl and the layering. So decadent! Just lovely!

Nic (KHKL) said...

hmmm, looks like we've got something very delicious to munch while we lah lah lah this saturday, eh? thanks in advance, wmw! :D

sc said...

looks amazingly good! makes me wanna try baking again :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah so nice..i probably and dump to oven..the only time that toothpick is goin to be used is to pick at leftovers after i have eaten the brownies!

Lee Ping (Mrs.HBT) said...

No matter what you touch, it will be excellent, be it bloggin', photography and now baking.

Can't wait for more recipes related article from you, especially ones related to Malaysian Foods.

Tummythoz said...

M not itching to bake (exceed disasters/ingredients wastage quota) but the marbling looks like lotsa fun tho it maybe just a minute or so.

Pity I'm unable to do HP's class. Bet it'll be filled with tips & laughter.

daphne said...

wmw-the marbling effect was done so nicely! thumbs up!

PenangTuaPui said...

aiseh..... making cake... wow.... look yummy... I like cake very much lor...

but buat sendiri a?.... sorry la...

dun know how to cook or bake... may be ask Huat Koay to make one for me.. hahaha...

dun mind I curi ur recipe?

forgot to intro... I am Fei Fei from PenangTuaPui (Penang Fatty)

Kok said...

wmw,
I want!!!!:D

a feast, everyday said...

That looks incredibly yummy n the marbling...so artistic!

glorious jade said...

certainly enjoyed eating them, thank you very much....when you baking again? want to try this chocolate brandy cake recipe i found online, shall we attempt together? but cannot use my hands in photos cos so wrinkly already lah!

wmw said...

Maria : They are and best is they are easy to make!

Joy : Thanks...they were a joy to make :o)

Nic : Can't lah, not going over to bro's place but I thought you were making brownies for us!? No?

SC : I think this is a great recipe for those attempting to bake after a long hiatus! hahaha...

Joe : Hahaha...I thought you were going to use the toothpick for its original purpose, pick your tooth!

Lee Ping : Wah, thank you for your compliments. Hahaha...I hope to have more cooking post in future.

Tummythoz : You know, this is really simple and relatively fast to make, I was surprise myself. Give this cake a try.

Daphne : Thanks :o), I enjoyed doing the marbling part most.

Fei Fei: Go ahead, it's not my recipe but from Joy Of Baking. Remember to cut down on the sugar yah?

Kok : Hahaha...you come KL first!

A Feast, everyday : It is yummy, more so after keeping it in the fridge overnight!

Glorious J : You're welcome. You and Ash were at the right place and at the right time :o). Can, we can try...nolah, your hands not wrinkly lah.

Kenny Mah // Life for Beginners said...

Drooooolssssss. Me love choc brownies, cream cheese ones more so. And you make it look so easy...

I'd rather eat than make 'em though, lazy ass that I am. ;)

yammylicious said...

1 pice pls sis!!! look so delicious!!! x nak belanja ke?

ai wei said...

drooling...

me gonna try this out after my exam.but how exactly the weight of the sugar you are using?! i wan something not too sweet (like urs, i think)

New Kid on the Blog said...

wei... you hv forgotten to courier those brownies to me?!! :(
and all these making me drooling right now!! :(

flyp said...

I have never tryed cream cheese brownies. But they look really cool. I love the pictures. I am a fan of cheese and it looks tasty.


Check out my blog, if you can:

http://www.imhighinthesky.blogspot.com

jason said...

Coool! Look so easy but I'm baking-blind :S

Crunchasarus Rex said...

Wow..!! awesome looking cake.. :)

Jun said...

cream cheese brownies!! my, i haven't had time for AGES! thanks for making me crave them again -__- arrgh!!

wmw said...

Kenny : Lazy? Not even when you do it with love ;o)

Yammylicious : Hahaha...one day...one day.

ai wei : I use slightly more than one third of the recommended measurement.

NKOTB : Oops! I forgot! Sorry...

flyp : Try it...easy. Drop by your blog but couldn't leave a comment.

Jason : You know what? It's so easy that I believe that you can do it!

C-rex : Thanks! It tasted good too!

Jun : Well, maybe you can try making one to get a fix! :o)

Anonymous said...

Harlow!! Long time!!

This looks so delicious! :)

Judy

teckiee said...

wahhh i love the marble!!!! jeles jeles ;p

wmw said...

Judy: Yah! Long time...how you???

teckiee : Hehe...I liked how it turned out ;o)

The Urban Eater said...

Would you be interested in submitting your brownie recipe here:
http://www.culinarysherpas.com/?p=262

PURTY PLEASE!

Argus Lou said...

Really like your marbling effect with a toothpick - you must be artistic!