Cheesecake Brownies Marble Squares: Perfect Marble finished with Chocolate Ganache !
My female ancestors were known for Marble Cakes and I decided to pay attention to their creations. Luckily, a recipe book containing all of them exists, and here comes one of the treasures to share. I must admit I always reduce the amount of sugar, not because I do not like it; but because we are exposed to it in almost everything we eat and drink, so there is not such a craving for it compared to the old days.
I remember my grandmother telling me that it was not usual to have sugar constantly in the kitchen. The times were different. And, whenever there was an occasion to bake a cake, they loaded it with sugar to emphasize the importance of the occasion, whether a wedding, baptism, Christmas, Easter, or the return of long-absent family member. It reminds me of the old photos: the family would get their best suits and dresses out, hair was combed for hours, and the photographer was summoned to come and record the special moments. Now I can hardly recognize anyone in those ancient photos except the closest family members …
You cannot go wrong with this combination of cream cheese and cocoa. Only a few decades ago, the cheeses were different, much simpler, so I have adapted the original recipe to the creamy, modernized versions available now.
My grandmother was not the only one making miracles in the kitchen, I must say. For more beautiful creations, have a look at https://www.recipelion.com/Brownies
Having made the layers and rounded the batter gently, I have taken a photo of Mr. Marble before baking:
Cheesecake Brownies Marble Squares
- Ingredients for brownies batter:
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup sunflower oil
- 4 eggs
- 5 Tbsp bitter cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup flour
- Pinch of baking powder
- Ingredients for cheesecake batter:
- 5 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups Ricotta cream cheese
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp flour
- Pinch of baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180° C / 356° F.
In a medium sized bowl, mix all the cheesecake batter ingredients and leave them aside.
In a bigger bowl, mix all the brownies' ingredients.
Lay the baking paper into the brownies baking dish.
Pour one half of the brownies mixture on to the bottom of the dish.
Slowly pour the cheesecake batter on to the first layer.
Pour the rest of brownies batter over the cheesecake mixture.
Take a fork and gently trace out rounds in the batters. This creates the marble look once it is baked and cut into squares.
Bake at 180° C / 356 F for 35 minutes.
Turn the heat to 200° C / 390° F and bake for a further 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.