Monday, April 25, 2011
Speaking of which, I did get around to doing some middle of the night baking while Snow and I watched TV. I decided to do a Cheesecake Brownie. This is a nice fudgy brownie with a topping layer of Neufchatel cheese (or plain cream cheese if you prefer). The layers are marbled together and create a beautiful and tasty brownie. This is a nice change from plain chocolate with walnuts or pecans!
The recipe is very easy to do, the most tiresome part is the mixing of the sugar into the melted butter and chocolate. You really have to make sure you do that step while the mixture is still hot and use a little elbow grease to keep your brownies from being gritty when done. If you prefer to use an electric mixer you might find it somewhat easier. I also find that stirring the mixture then letting it rest a few minutes then stirring again 3-4 times creates a nice smooth texture. Remember when adding the eggs that if your mixture has not cooled you'll need to add a little bit to the bowl with your eggs and give it a good stir before pouring the whole thing into the main bowl. Otherwise, your eggs might cook just a bit. However, if you're doing this by hand it won't be a problem as you'll have plenty of time for the mixture to cool down some before getting to the eggs.
Note: I'm going to be trying out a system that provides nutritional information for recipes over the next few weeks. The system is based on standard nutritional values for recipe components then calculates calories, fat, sodium, etc. Please let me know if you find the information helpful or whether it's just a distraction.