David Lebovitz’s Cheesecake Brownie Recipe & Much Belated 3rd Flogger Gathering Round Up

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Gatherings, Recipes

I had wanted to start my first post of 2009 much earlier than today. But a bad case of food poisoning has caused me to hurl at the very sight and thought of food. I shall spare you all the ugly details. Trust me. You don’t wanna know.

Am feeling less queasy today. Therefore, today’s post will be a short one on the dessert I brought for the Flogger Gathering some time back. Somehow, photos of cheesecake brownies seem to sit well with me 😛 (what can I say? Chocoholic I am, always and forever)

Cheesecake Brownie

It was the first time I tried this recipe. But it looked sooo decadent and fail proof that I just had to try it. When I brought it to the gathering, some found it too sweet and rich, while others absolutely loved it. So, a warning before you try your hand at making this. It IS very rich, very chocolatey and very cheesy. So if you like all of the above, then bake away!

Cheesecake Brownie (Adapted from David Lebovitz)

One 9-inch (23cm) square pan

Part A:
85g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
115g bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
110g sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
70g flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
80g chocolate chips

Part B:
250g cream cheese (make sure its soft, leaving it out at room temperature before you start baking)
1 large egg yolk
70g sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1. Line a 9-inch (23cm) square pan with foil, making sure it goes up all four sides. Grease lightly.
2. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and beat in the 110g sugar, followed by the eggs.
4. Mix in flour, cocoa powder and salt, then the vanilla essence and chocolate chips. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
5. In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, the yolk, 70g of sugar, and vanilla essence until smooth.
6. Distribute the cream cheese mixture across the top of the brownie mixture, then take a spatula and swirl the cream cheese mixture with the chocolate batter. (Remember to swirl more evenly, otherwise, you may end up with the cheese and chocolate layer being separated)

7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the batter in the center of the pan feels just set.
Let cool, then lift out the foil and peel it away. Cut the brownies into squares. Serve.

Notes: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips so I reduced the amount of sugar to 110g instead of the original 130g. I also reduced some of the sugar for Part B.

I found that the brownie turned out to be a lil too thin for my liking when using a 9 inch pan. So in future, I’ll use a smaller pan.
Also, from this recipe, I learnt to line the pan with aluminium foil, which makes lifting the brownie off the pan and later cutting the brownie so much easier!

Happy Baking!

Some other random photos of the glorious spread we had at the gathering:

Lilian's Smoked Salmon on Homemade Foccacia Bread

Lilian's Smoked Salmon on Homemade Foccacia Bread

Le Cheese Fondue

Gill Gill and Jason's Cheese Fondue

Steven Goh's Kimchi Fried Rice

Steven Goh's Kimchi Fried Rice

Ken's Roast Chicken with Stuffing

Ken's Roast Chicken with Stuffing

I didn’t take that many photos of the food mainly because I was late and didn’t want to hog the food any longer for photo taking. And the other reason was… I was just being a plain glutton, enjoying the food! 😛 Thank you guys for such a lovely spread!!

For more photos and write ups on the gathering, hop on over to these sites:

Criz Bon Appetite

Ken of FoodPOI

Steven Goh


CK Lam


Other floggers who attended the gathering:

Min from After Giovanni

Allen Ooi from Yummy Station

and of course our hosts!! Gill & Jason

14 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Allie says:

    Hope you’ll get well soon!

    The brownies looks delicious. Sure gonna try out the recipe!

    Allie´s last blog post..Penang Hawker Food | Beef Koay Teow @ Chulia Street

  2. ck lam says:

    Do take care of yourself and have plenty of rest.
    Also thanks for sharing the recipe even at such a time.

  3. Hope you getting better now. And thanks for sharing the recipe. Will try it out one day.

    FoOd PaRaDiSe´s last blog post..Song Yen Seafood @ Sungai Nibong

  4. Eeks! Doesn’t sound like a terribly pleasant celebration for you then? Good to have you back! Happy New Year!

    550ml jar of faith´s last blog post..Fishing for Attitude at Song River, Gurney Drive

  5. lingzie says:

    thanks for the get well wishes! am feeling a lot better today 🙂

  6. O dear… you get well soon!!!

    New Kid On The Blog´s last blog post..Christmas’ Gift from Westin KL

  7. Glad to hear you are feeling better, dear.

    I love cheesecake brownies… the more decadent the better! And ooh, floggers meeting up to cook and share… can I get a non-flogger membership this year? *buat mata anak rusa*


    Life for Beginners´s last blog post..Celebration!

  8. Hey Lingzie.. glad to know ur recovering well.. 😉
    thks for sharing the recipe..yup..i’ll be baking awy ;p
    And yesss… Happy New Yr ya!

    thenomadGourmand´s last blog post..Crazy Christmas at KY’s of KYspeaks.com

  9. buzzingbee says:

    may Lingzie be well and get her appetite back to treat her tummy with more food 😀

  10. vkeong says:

    Are you well now? If not, get better soon. Seems like you guys are having lotsa gathering, good 🙂

  11. allenooi says:

    i am going to try out this for sure!

    allenooi´s last blog post..Pepper Lunch @ Singapore IMM Shopping Centre

  12. Ah Shui says:

    Hi Ling Zie,

    happy new year!!!

    Ah Shui´s last blog post..Amazing…

  13. cariso says:

    I wanna know your food poisoning story lah.

    cariso´s last blog post..17 posts in 2008 – I like it!

  14. QuaChee says:

    the turkey looks yummy hehe 🙂

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