Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Orange Cream Cheese Walnut Brownies

At times, I get requests from my husband to bake sweet treats, cakes or cookies for him and his usual coffee kaki (Hokkien meaning close friends that always hanging out together). And, it was quite a while ago that I baked these orange cream and walnut brownies for him and his kaki. My husband said that his kaki were loving these...

orange cream walnut brownies
Orange cream and walnut brownies

These orange cream cheese and walnut brownies is one of the best sweet combinations, resulting a variety of texture and taste in every mouthful of these treats. And I would say that it is one of the best bake that I have baked with orange and chocolate!!! Very delicious!!!

Where did I find this fantastic recipe? It's from Cadbury Kitchen!

Why Cadbury? Whenever I think of chocolate, I can't help to relate chocolate with Cadbury. Yup! Not Callebaut. Not Valrhona! It's Cadbury! Thanks to TV. My brain tends to provide answers that are frequently told. Geez!!! Not forgetting the fact that the Cadbury milk chocolate is the chocolate that I had been eating since I was a kid. You know... As a kid in the 1980's, I would eat any chocolate that is sweet! LOL!

I need to clarify here that I'm not advertising for any chocolate companies... Just want to share and highly recommend this fantastic brownies recipe. That's it!!! 

And, my apology for the delay of sharing this recipe. Funny that I have time to bake but no time to share the recipe in social media. Ops! Oh well... It is better late than never!

Making the orange cream
Making the brownies mixture is easy...
... all I did is mix, mix and mix.
Assemble all and bake!
After baking!
Every mouthful of these has a variety of taste and texture!

Here's the recipe mostly adapted from Cadbury Kitchen

Make one 20cm square or one 25cm x 15cm

For the brownies:
125g butter
120g dark chocolate, I'm using Callebaut dark chocolate callets with 70% cocoa.
150g light brown sugar - This is the reduced amount of sugar and the sweetness is just right for us.
3 eggs, lightly beaten
50g flour
35g cocoa powder - I'm using Dutch processed Valrhona.
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup walnuts, pre-roasted, roughly chopped
80g dark chocolate, any brand but I prefer chocolate with 70% cocoa, roughly chopped in chunks

For the orange cream:
180g light cream cheese, 30% fat reduced
35g caster sugar
Finely grated rind of 1 orange

For the brownies:
Preheat oven at 180°C or 160°C fan forced. Line one 20cm square or one 25cm x 15cm baking tin with baking paper with 5 cm of excess baking paper overhang the edge of the tin.

Combine butter, 120g chocolate and brown sugar in a saucepan and stir over a medium heat until chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the eggs.

Stir in the sifted flour, cocoa and baking powder until well combined, then fold in walnuts and 80g chocolate.

For the orange cream:
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and orange rind until smooth.

To assemble:
Pour half of the chocolate mixture into the prepared tin. Spoon half of the cream cheese mixture randomly over chocolate mixture. Repeat by pouring and spooning the remaining chocolate and cream cheese mixture into the tin. Make swirls by cutting through the batter with a round bladed knife to create a marbled effect.

Bake at 180°C or 160°C fan forced for 35 mins until firm. Cool completely in pan before slicing and serve.

Keep brownies in an airtight container in a fridge for up to 5 days.

Happy Baking
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  1. Hello, when do you put the 80 grams of dark chocolate? Thanks

    1. Hi Penny, Sorry for the missing bit! The 80g chocolate is added together with the walnuts. Have updated the recipe.

  2. Hi, tried your yummilicious recipe. But mine cracked once I cut it, especially the top part... Wondering why is this so? I overlooked and didn't cool it in pan but took it out on cooling rack.

    1. Hi, the freshly baked chocolate in the brownies needs to cool in pan before removal. Otherwise, the brownies will be unstable to cut and handle. Cheers!

  3. wow... superb... so chocolatey, gooey and delicious

  4. Hi, do u use electric mixer or just spatula to combine the orange cream? Thanks

    1. Hi, you can use either the electric mixer with low speed or a wooden spoon to combine the mixture until smooth. Cheers!