Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Checkerboard Brownies?

Checkerboard brownies? Even the picture of the brownies in the Bon Appetit book doesn't look "checkerboard" to me. In fact, I think these brownies look more like polka dots brownies to me! LOL!

I'm baking this brownie for our bake-along with Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings. The original checkerboard brownies recipe from Bon Appetit book uses flaked coconut as its white-coloured layer. The white layer is then spread over a dark coloured chocolate brownies base with tablespoonfuls of the brownies batter dropped over the coconut layer to form a polka-dot-checkerboard design.

Instead of the coconut layer, I'm baking my brownies with a cream cheese layer simply because we don't really like eating flaked coconut in our non-Asian sweets. I'm extremely satisfied with my version of polka-dot-checkerboard brownies and happy that the polka dot design on the brownies looks pretty good. Eating this brownies is like eating a slice of cheesecake and brownies, both at the same time. Nice too that the sweetness, salty and texture of both layers are very well balanced and both layers compliment each other very well.

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cream cheese chocolate brownies
Checkerboard Brownies? They look more like polka-dots to me.
Making the brownies batter
Making the cream cheese layer
Making the polka dots design... and bake!

Here are the recipes (with my modification in blue)

Chocolate Brownies Batter from the book, Bon Appetite by Baraba Fairchild
Make 16 square

6 tbsp butter, cut into 6 pieces (90g)
3 1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
(I used 100g semi-sweetened chocolate with 70% cocoa)
2 extra large eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup golden brown sugar (reduced to 1 cup)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

Cream Cheese layer from Australian Good Taste Magazine, Apr 2011 issue
(in 3/4 amount of the original recipe)

250g cream cheese at room temperature
65g (1/4 cup) sour cream
100g (1/2 cup) sugar (reduced to 50g)
1 egg

Chocolate batter

Butter 9 x 9 x 2 inch metal baking pan. Melt butter with chocolate in heavy small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Pour into medium bowl. Cool to lukewarm. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Whisk sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl; sift over chocolate mixture. Mix until blended and smooth.

Spread 1 1 /4 cup chocolate batter in prepared pan. (cover and refrigerate remaining batter). Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil. Refrigerate batter until very firm, about 3 hrs.
(To minimise the storage of the batter in my fridge, I refrigerated my batter all in one container. Even in its firm stage, I was able to spread 2/3 of its amount on the prepared pan as the brownies base)

Cream cheese layer

Beat cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until smooth. Add egg and beat until just combined.

Preheat oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced). Spread the cream cheese layer over the chocolate batter. Drop 1 tbsp of chocolate batter over the cream cheese later to form a polka dot checkerboard design. (I rolled tablespoonfuls of chocolate batter into balls and placed them on the cream cheese layer to form a polka dot design) Cover pan tightly with foil.

Bake 45 min. (I baked mine for 30 min) Remove foil and bake until tester inserted in center (with one of dropped chocolate batter) comes out clean, about 40 min. Cool brownies completely in pan on rack.

Cut into squares and serve.

Till now, I'm still not convince that this recipe make a real checkerboard looking brownies and so this is what I have done...

These look more like checkerboard brownies to me :D
And this is how I made this checkerboard brownies...

I made the brownies base using 1/2 of the chocolate batter recipe and bake it in 10cm x 20cm loaf tin. I trimmed off the edges and drew checkerboard designs on the brownies with un-coloured royal icing. (Recipe of royal icing can be found here.)

Now... This is what I called checkerboard brownies...LOL!

Happy Baking

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57 comments:

  1. Both looks so pretty and drool worthy but I have s soft spot for cream cheese :D so as polka dots ! lol Yummy bakes , Zoe !

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  2. So cute the polkadots brownie. This really needs a lot of effort to bake.

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    1. Yan, This brownies is surprisingly not difficult to bake. I didn't have to use an electric mixer to bake this and I was using a wooden spoon to beat my cream cheese batter.

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  3. Your polka-dot design looks cute! Hehe! Glad that you've found a way to bake this into something that your enjoyed, minus the coconut. Yeah, Lena's version is different too, interesting since we all bake from the same recipe, with some changes! This has been a fun bake for me! I'm really looking forward to the Chicken Pie!

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  4. You make it so simple to form the checkerboard, Zoe! Initially I thought it was hard to make the board :D

    What a delicious polka dot chocolate brownies!

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  5. How delectable!!! I love both versions, but the one with the cream cheese layer would get devoured first :)

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  6. Zoe, you have me drooling. This looks amazing!

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  7. 哇!看起来很美味叻!
    谢谢你详细的分享^^

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  8. wow....this is amazing ! So pretty and I bet this must delish too! Well done !

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  9. I love what you did here...I too am not sure I would like the coconut flakes in the recipe either, so your version sounds perfect! Bookmarked for future baking:D

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  10. Oh these not only sound delicious but look awesome as well!!

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  11. Hi Zoe, another innovative version, I love the idea of having a cream cheese layer. And the polka dots looks very elegant.

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  12. Hi Zoe! These brownies look awesome and so fun to eat. I'm sure your son got a kick when these came out of the oven!

    Jackie

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  13. So adorable polkadot brownies :)

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  14. Even though it didn't turned out to be checkerboard, I still think this polka dot design is really cool too! I bet my kids will go crazy if I do is for them, hahaha!

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  15. Yeah, after baking it. Ingredients seems alot but the method is very easy, no hassle. Polka dot or checkerboard both still taste good isn't it. Zoe hope to bake more along with you gals...

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  16. Damn cute and irresistible brownies.

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  17. Congratulations to you my friend, you have just been nominated for 2 awards :D
    Check them out here :)
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    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  18. Oh my goodness! These are beyond cute. I have only made brownies a total of one time. IN MY LIFE! And they were just the plain old joe brownies, not as fancy and AWESOME as these. I need to experiment more!

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  19. Wow, now THESE are some impressive looking brownies! I love the polka dot design! So cute but sophisticated too. :)

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  20. Yummm. Glad to find you as well. Happy new follower :)

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  21. Ola....such a beautiful bake! Really impressive as well. Kudos, Zoe!
    Hope you're enjoying the evening, dear.
    Kristy

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  22. Don't care whether these are checkerboard or polka dots brownies,they look great to me!Feel like having this with a cup of tea right now!

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  23. Hey Zoe!
    The Polka Dots are sooo cute! It looks like cheesecake! What fine texture it has:D

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  24. Your Polka Dots Brownie look delicious. If I am your neighbor, I definately fly into your house to grab it.

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  25. How lovely! these made me smile when I saw them - they sound delicious too!
    Mary x

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  26. i remember now that you mentioned that your family is not fond of coconut. What you did is really cute, looks like the skin of the cow from that cut out slice! LOL!! your royal icing checkerboard version looks like a checkerboard!! want to play chess??

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  27. beautiful recipe. They look so lovely these brownies. Well done.

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  28. I llove the polka dotted ones, all look delicious

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  29. Both look good to me. Thanks for following me on twitter. Following you now too.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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  30. Love it :D Keep up the "GREAT" job
    xxx
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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  31. I keep seeing these checkerboard brownies.. makes me wanna bake them too!

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  32. Uh yes please! These look so sweet :) I make brownies way too often. They are my favourite chocolate treat and my biggest weakness!

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  33. Maybe those dots are supposed to be the checkers!

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  34. Oh Zoe, nice your checkerboard or polka dots brownies...they came out really cute :)
    Hope you are having a great week!

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  35. You're right, these should be called polka dot brownies! So cute! Love your checkerboard brownies too:)

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  36. I actually like these brownies a lot! They look both delicious and beautiful. Goes on my list! Thanks for sharing :)

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  37. These are just so adorably cute!

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  38. Oh these polka dotted brownies are fabulous Zoe! I think they turned out beautifully! While I love coconut, I much prefer cream cheese in my brownies too! Your photos are wonderful!

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  39. Hi Zoe,
    Polka Dot/checkerboard brownies look great. I bet your cream cheese version taste great. I have just baked mine today..i made a slight change too but it didn't really turn out so nice but it does taste great..^^
    I like yours and will try it in future...^^

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  40. those are so cute! almost too cute to eat...almost ;)

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  41. Ha, ha, your real checkerboard brownies look the best from all magazines or what else I've seen around!

    Congrats, looks lovely. Thanks for stopping by our blog too :)
    Enjoy your baking, we'll be in touch.

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  42. chocolate and cheese together never fails me! especially if the chocolate is brownies...yum! your polkadot pattern is really pretty :)

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  43. oh I love brownies...my be I should learn how to bake so I can link up with you. :)

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  44. Hi Zoe, Nice looking brownies. Sorry couldnt comment before as we didnt have any net connections for two days! I didnt post mine as they turned out soggy with burnt coconut on top. Will try again (when I get time :D ). Everybody else's look great!

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  45. I love dropping by to drool over your latest creations and today I'm featuring this post in Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it's always a pleasure following you…

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  46. Wow! These looks so cute! Love both version of your brownies! I've never try this kinda brownies & now I'm tempted to try! :)

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  47. How fun! These brownies look great and I bet they taste amazing too!

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  48. I just love your version of the checkerboard brownies...the glaze is so pretty, and so are the polka-dotted ones, as well! Wouldn't last long in our household...yumm!

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  49. These look delicious and they look fun to make,going on my "to bake" list :)

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  50. Polka dot or checkered, this looks good. Most important is a good recipe and the rest is your creativity. You three (3-baking Musketeers)have so much energy..keep up the good job!

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  51. i love brownies, i love the design of it.. i am must try your recipe.

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  52. oh I've never seen anything like this- these are way too fun!!!!

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  53. Hi Zoe, your polka dots brownies look so retro and cute! Have a great week ahead!

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  54. They look great! Your brownies seemed to have baked perfectly!When I bake brownies - the surface will not look as smooth.

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  55. Chocolate and cream cheese??? What a wonderful combination, I would like one right now. Beautiful.

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