Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Recipe: White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Today is "National White Chocolate Cheesecake" and one of our readers, Sister Coleen H. recommended a white chocolate raspberry recipe. Since I'm not a big raspberry fan and frankly needed something a bit more simple with my arm, I used the website she recommended, All Recipes.com, and just wasn't happy with all the recipes there.

I also didn't want to go shopping.  I had an MRI on Thursday afternoon to figure out what is wrong with my arm, why it just isn't back up to what it should after 10 weeks of occupational therapy.  Anyway, they put me in this position that really hurt my arm AGAIN so I don't feel like shopping or doing much beyond what I need to.  I still wanted to do something for this holiday so I adjusted a recipe I had for chocolate cheesecake brownies.

I made sure I had all the ingredients and gave this a try using some chocolate from Lindt R.S.V.P. whom we just had a Sacrament with this past Saturday so I'll go more into this a bit later as another Sacrament where I evaluate the chocolate.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
1 8oz package of light cream cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
4.4oz bar of Lindt White Chocolate
1 box brownie mix (egg, water, oil, or applesauce as directed)

Make brownies according to the directions, I often substitute plain applesauce for the oil components myself. Pour into springform pan.

Beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla.  Melt white chocolate and beat that in as well.

Pour over the brownie bottom then gently smooth it over all visible brownie mixture. The cheesecake topping will be thin.

Bake at the recommended times for the minimum time on the brownie mix box.  Check that cheesecake is just firm in the center before taking it out.

Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Run knife around the outside to loosen the cheesecake, there isn't much, this should be a thin layer, and cool another 10 minutes before placing in the frig to fully set.  Serve with whatever topping or sauce you like.  Makes 6-10 pieces depending on how big you want them.  We cut ours into eight pieces but 12 wouldn't hold up very well under the knife so I don't recommend you cutting sections that small.

The cheesecake texture and flavor is going to be very faint for this recipe.  This was to allow more of the white chocolate out but by making it this way you don't get a solid ganache on the top, you get something easier to eat and something with a bit of sharpness to the flavor from the cream cheese.  You also control the number of calories that a cheesecake can have this way though, of course, the brownie part is it's own calories.

Let me know how you celebrated "National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day."


sweets said...

I love this recipe. White chocolate does it for me everytime. Wish it wasn't so costly.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

I think the cost has to do with the fact that cacao farmers and producers can make more money by selling the cocoa butter to drug makers and cosmetic companies. Thus cocoa butter has become more expensive. If it isn't cocoa butter, it isn't white chocolate. This at least is just one bar, 4.4oz, so not too much and this isn't something I'm make more than once or twice a year myself.

The Three Little Piglets said...

That's such a great concept - I love the mixture of the two together and it makes such a pretty slice. I hope your arm is feeling better - I know physical therapy can be no fun at all!

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Thank you. I think it tasted great and the only disappointment was for folks who were expecting it to be more cheesecake tasting.

My arm... seeing my doctor next Thursday to decide the next step. Looks like either massive medications or surgery -- I don't like either of those options.

Guru Uru said...

This looks too divine my friend - salivating as I read every word! Yummy celebration :D

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself

TheChocolatePriestess said...

I hope you made something yummy with white chocolate, Guru Uru, I know you can do it cause I've seen your recipes.

Nava.K said...

We don't have such a thing as National White Chocolate cheesecake day over here though I do bake cheesecake for our festive seasons.

Nice and simple recipe and that white choc on top is simply adorable.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Maybe you should try to get folks to celebrate it, Nava.

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