Friday, June 3, 2011

Viennese brownies

These brownies were whipped up for a friend's birthday, and they were enjoyed by him and his workmates! I kept one for myself and B.B, they are just right - not too dense, a bit of fudgey, deliciously dark, and the cream cheese really lightened it altogether!


60g dark chocolate
1/2 cup margarine
2 eggs
1 cup sugar (i used half cup, still nice and sweet)
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
sliced almonds


250g cream cheese at room temperature ( i used homebrand, worked out fine)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp almond essence (optional, i left it out)

preheat oven to 180C

for the filling, combine and mix together all ingredients.

for the brownie batter, melt chocolate and margarine together (in a microwave on low level is fine). Cool.

Beat eggs, add sugar and chocolate mixture.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, add to chocolate mixture and mix well.

pour half the chocolate batter into a greased and lined 20 cm square pan, spread with cream cheese mixture.

top with remaining batter, sprinkle with almonds.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Cool in tin.


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Love the cream cheese and almond in these. A very fresh take on these irresistible bars =)

Anna @ TheLittlestAnchovy said...

These look scrumptious! I love the toasted almonds on top.

Phillip Nom said...

I like how you cut down the sugar by a half!

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

Kept one...dayem, I wouldn't settle for just one of these! :)

Von said...

These brownies are so cute :D I've never heard of Viennese brownies...but these look good :) Are they sort of like cheesecake brownies?

sugarpuffi said...

more brownies!! :D

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

You always make friends with brownies... ;) Love how these are topped with flaked almonds. Scrumptious! =)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Clever idea using cream cheese Betty! :)

Anonymous said...

Yumm!! the best recipe I've found for brownies is from Masterchef when Gary uses it for his Chocolate Gluttony, but this looks really good! Thanks for the recipe!

Dolly said...

yum brownies with a nice glass of milk.. hello winter fats yum!

Rev said...

oooh Betty! slurrrp slurrp... can u hear me!?!

superb recipe.


Jenn Brigole said...

This is definitely my type of comfort food. Anything with almonds is heaven. :) And fudgey is always a plus. I ought to try this soon.

Mary @ ohmykitchenaid said...

yumo! definately have to add this to my "To Bake" list!

Trisha said...

hey these are nice Bets!!!