Oh, You Have to Try This!


Like most guys, probably, the author appreciates chocolate, but doesn’t quite understand why there’s so much fuss.  That was the position, at least, until yesterday afternoon, when it was time to prepare this weekend’s recipe.  One of the requisite ingredients was a bar of chocolate.  Godiva inspired the imagination, especially as it has such a good reputation.  Many, in fact, seem to go crazy over it, so why not?

This journal certainly isn’t in the business of endorsing  specific brands.  Not, that is, until a Godiva milk chocolate bar, pictured below, changed history.Godiva Bar

Does Godiva lace these things with opium?  It’s the only explanation that fits, as never…never has a chocolate been so creamy, so silky, and produced such warm contentment.  Honestly, in that kitchen yesterday, the rest of the world melted away for five minutes.  Or was it five hours?

Just wait until you try the brownies it creates!  Particularly when it’s marbled with an equally creamy cheesecake batter and is baked into a beautifully smooth and lustrous brownies.  It’s a treat only the late, deeply lamented Gourmet could have invented, and the magazine featured the recipe in its 2009 Everyday Meals recipe collection.  Nothing “everyday” about these brownies, though, that’s for sure.

The two elements, the brownie and the cheesecake,  contribute creaminess, but each leads taste in its own direction.  Brownies reinforce the chocolate’s luster with a richness that wraps the palate in ever-warmer silkiness.  Meanwhile, the cheesecake adds hints of tartness to the mix, a contrast that makes the smoothness all the more satisfying.

Unexpected star billing goes to the brownie, though.  Chocolate’s always been good, but not this good.  It took all this time to vault it beyond general anomnymity?  It’s possible this could be a stroke, or a psychotic break, but what a delicious affliction, no?  Try these for yourself and see.

*****

Cheesecake-Marbled Brownies

For the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 ounces chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup flour

For the cheesecake:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put an oven rack the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°.  Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.

Place a large saucepan over a medium-low flame, and place the chocolate and the butter in the pan, stirring occasionally.  When just melted, remove from the flame and whisk in the sugar, eggs, vanilla and a pinch of salt.  Whisk in the flour until just combined and pour the batter into the baking pan.

Meanwhile, create the cheesecake batter by combining all the cheesecake ingredients in a small bowl.  Whisk until smooth.

Dollop the cheesecake batter over the brownie batter, then drag a spatula back-and-forth broadly across the entire top, creating the “marbling” effect.  Bake until the center is just set, about 35 minutes. (*1)  Cool on a rack, then serve either warm, or at room temperature.

NOTES:

1 – This wasn’t quite enough time, as 35 minutes left the center a bit soupy.  Keep an eye on the brownies to ensure they don’t burn, but you probably will find 40 minutes works better.

 

 

34 thoughts on “Oh, You Have to Try This!

  1. a very sensual recipe indeed 🙂
    I thought Lady Godiva rode a horse?? Now it’s sensual chocolate … off to the shops to see if we stock it! And a packet of those brownies would make me most happy, thanks Keith 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Kate!

      Not sure what the connection is between Godiva and chocolate, though I think your sensuality idea is the most likely one, Kate. Probably something along the lines of, “Savoring our chocolate is as sensual as nudity.”

      I was going to posit that, perhaps the original Lady Godiva was Belgian, like the chocolatier, but your idea is better. More plausible, and scintillating!

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      1. They’d have to queue up, Kate. Think of how many billions Godiva has raked in using their clothing-optional daughter’s name! Besides, even if they do summon you to the bench, they’d probably demand a medieval form of payment, such as twenty drams of mead, or maybe chickens.

        Oh, if you try the recipe, be sure to use cooking chocolate. Straight “eating” chocolate is delicious, but it doesn’t do very well in brownies!

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      2. lol NO oven so the world is safe from my lack of culinary skills!
        A neighbour shared the process of cooking her banana cake yesterday … she may have been looking for sympathy but I was rolling around with laughter literally. Others ran to see what the commotion was 😉
        I so wish she had recorded it as the video would have gone viral! Maybe I will ask her to write it up and make it a post as it really was too much …

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      3. I’ll let you in on a secret, Kate. Those elaborate descriptions of baking procedures? Utter nonsense.. Tales we baking people weave to confound others.

        The truth is, we clap our hands, give the head a firm nod, then we pronounce the incantation – “Shazam” in most parts of the world, “Yahtzee!” in others. Just like that, a puff of purple smoke, then food appears.

        Can you imagine?

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      4. You obviously know nothing of the Aromatic Arts, Kate. If you had any idea what spells we conjure in the kitchen, you’d faint.

        Instead, you freely admit to laughing in the face of a banana cake sorceress. Indeed, you brag about it. Absolutely brazen. Un-frickin-believable!

        Don’t meddle. I’m warning you, don’t mettle.

        How did virtually every episode of Scooby-Doo end? “And I would’ve been a chef too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!”

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  2. Laced with opium… haa! They would have to charge more and hide it from the feds.
    I do love my chocolate and cheesecake brownies are definitely one of my favorites. 🍫

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    1. Well then, kinda like opium, right, JoAnn? Thanks!

      Actually, the idea came from no less mundane a source as today’s headlines. Apparently, authorities in the UK just busted a Chinese restaurant in London for lacing its food with opium. “Man, this Kung Pao is the stuff of dreams!”

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      1. I’d imagine so, JoAnn. All fun to contemplate, but how many strung-out culinary junkies stalk London’s streets, with an intense jones for Egg Drop Soup?

        “I’ll give you on of my kidneys for just one bite of General Tso’s”

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      2. I like Chinese but its not worth all that… now maybe if we’re taking about Thai, French or a great plate of enchiladas, just maybe. 😋🍛

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      3. Can’t you see, JoAnn? It’s already happened! Thai cuisine? Didn’t you ever notice the Golden Triangle occupies part of Thailand? What, exactly, do you think’s in Tom Yum soup?

        Oh, and mmmm…enchiladas!

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    1. Much appreciated, Jennifer! They were luscious, for sure.

      Actually, I have heard of the blended beverages. Now that you mention them, the notion stirs. The temptation swells. Dammit, now I’m obsessed!

      Just look at what you did!

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      1. Good idea, Jennifer. On your recommendation, so be it! Eagerly anticipating it, in fact. Have to stop by the State Store this weekend for a bottle of sherry, and static cling just might attract a bottle or two if the Godiva. Funny thing, that.

        Oh, I haven’t forgotten my earlier promise about forbidden rice, either. For whatever reason, it disappeared for a few months, but I just acquired some more, so one of the next recipes that uses rice…just prepare to be shocked and amazed!

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    1. Two intriguing pursuits, though the latter simultaneously fascinates and terrifies.

      So does chocolate a little, actually.

      The way to do it is to peruse websites about opium dens while sipping steaming cocoa or letting a gooey brownie melt away in your mouth. How utterly decadent!

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  3. Upon reading this scrumptious post, I had the luxury of fainting and landing into silky pool of Godiva Chocolate. When I awoke, these luscious brownies were crowning my kitchen countertop, begging to be enjoyed. It was easy to fulfill their wishes. Rhapsody!

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    1. Ha! Fortunately for you, Tamara, you had Godiva pools installed in every one of your rooms, for just such an instance. You, my friend, are well-prepared.

      As for the brownies, I’m baffled. Of course,, I had heard of Godiva elves before, but I didn’t think they really existed. Somebody had to make those brownies, though, right?

      If any of the brownies remain, send them to the lab. This just might be the proof we need!

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      1. They must’ve been rogue elves, because that’s not the way it works. Not the way it’s supposed to work, at least.

        That’s the agreement, little people – you make the brownies, then you leave. You do that, and we continue to pretend you don’t exist. Don’t disrupt the balance. Believe me, you don’t want to share the gnomes’ fate, elves.

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    1. Enjoyed the compliment, Eliza. Many thanks!

      Actually, I was pleasantly surprised the marbling turned out. Especially when the first swirls were underwhelming. I don’t know about this…

      Everything is better coming out of the oven, though. Particularly when Autumn’s chill makes such coziness a foretaste of heaven itself. Or something…

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  4. If anything could make a chocolate brownie better it’s definitely Godiva Chocolate 🙂
    Though, My daughter would tell you with a HUGE grin “K you did everything PERRRRFECT!” a ‘soupy center’ is the way it should be!” She may even set it up for only 30 min 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Daniela!

      Well, your daughter just invested a new way to enjoy brownies! We humans though we had discovered all the possibilities, but apparently not.

      Undercook the brownie just a bit. Put it in a bowl, break it up and stir like mad. There you have it – Brownie Swamp. Warmly sweet chocolate oozing around brownie crumbs. All we need now is a hungry gator to devour everything in sight!

      Congratulate your daughter, will you?

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      1. Of course she’ll like it- she invented it, after all!

        Best to do it when the brownies are fresh from the oven and have begun their descent back to room temperature. Well before they reach tepidness, make your swamp. That’s when the brownies will be at their warmest and gooiest. Perfect for October. July too, for that matter, but there’s something to be said for using Brownie Swamp to warm the insides as the cold wind howls outside!

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    1. As befits a supple mind, Crystal!

      There’s a reason our ancestors ventured beyond the cave’s familiar confines. “Ohhh, you’ve got to try this!”

      Of course, in all fairness, that’s also the way our species discovered certain plants wee poisonous…

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