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:
- 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.