Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Swirl

Experimenting with my oven and other kitchen stuff is such a fun thing especially when things turned out right. So far, I got no failed experiments yet or maybe, my boys who used to be my critics are just that biased as to them, all of my baked goodies really tasted the best and that I need to bake more of these and those. Nothing, actually, became left overs for them.

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Swirl

My hubby really loves the moistness, chewiness and crusty brownies I used to bake for him. But with the cream cheese available in the fridge, I surprised him with the combination of chocolate brownie added with a swirl of cream cheese.

Here’s how I baked it.

I, first, prepared the oven; preheated it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then I lined my 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper. I did not grease it anymore, but you may opt to do it. After having my oven and pans ready, I started mixing my ingredients. Using a bowl of my standing mixer, I creamed the ½ cup of softened (take note, not melted, but rather softened) margarine and 1 cup of granulated brown sugar. Once incorporated, I added one by one the two large eggs and made sure to beat well. After which, I added ¾ cup of cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and again, made sure to mix well and set this aside.

Chocolate Brownie BatterThis is how the Chocolate Brownie batter would look like.

Using another bowl and a handheld mixer, or if you only have one mixer, you can use the same you used when making the batter but make sure to clean and dry the paddle before using, I creamed the 8 oz of softened at room temperature the cream cheese, 1 large egg, 4 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until well-combined. With the sugar, you can add more depending on your preference.

Cream Cheese FillingThis is how the Cream Cheese filling would look like.

After preparing the two above, I poured the ¾ part of the batter into the pan and spread the cream cheese filling on the top of the batter layer and dollop the remaining ¼ part of the batter on top of the cream cheese filling using a spatula and swirl into the cream cheese mixture.

I then baked the brownies for about 30 minutes. But you can check until fully cooked. This should be cooled completely before cutting and serving, but in my case, only 1/3 of the baked Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Swirl was left because my little man could not resist the mouth-watering and really drooling slices of this one.

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Swirl

Sure thing this will also happen to you if you try to bake one.

You can find more Sweet Treats of mine in my Sweet Treats by Gagay Facebook page.

Enjoy baking!!!

Heart-shaped Moringa Leaf catches my attention

Having the Moringa leaves in our chicken or fish soup is not new to me. But seeing a heart-shaped moringa leaf from a bunch of stems that I was stuffing, it really caught my attention.

Moringa Leaf

From the image above, the heart-shaped leaf is just so perfectly heart-shaped for me. This, for me, is just a reminder that this Moringa not just provides a lot of benefits for me as I am still breastfeeding but for my heart as well. And maybe this reminds me that it is February already. Smiley

But whatever it would be, this heart-shaped moringa, or even those with regular leaf shape, has a lot of good stuff to provide to us. It is used as a supplement in treating the so-called “tired blood” or anemia. It is also used to treat arthritis and other joint pain, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes and a lot more illnesses and even parasitic infections. As mentioned above, this Moringa  also helps me produce or increase my breast milk production.

Moreover, locally, this Moringa is known as Malunggay, Kamunggay, Kalamunggay. Even the seeds and the flowers of this Moringa plant can be added in any soups and can be consumed. You may also check my previous posts regarding Malunggay menus: Vegetarian Mixed Malunggay Canton, Malunggay Veggie Pancit Bato, Seafood Mixed in Malunggay Canton.

Chocolate Titans at Ice Giants, Sta. Ana Street, Davao City

It always feels so awesomely great to have yourself loaded with ice, chocolate ice, on a hot afternoon after a stroll in the city. So the finally just then and then decided to have a bowl, a giant bowl to be specific of the Chocolate Titans at Ice Giants located at Sta. Ana Street in Davao City.

Chocolate Titans at Ice Giants, Sta Ana Street, Davao City

One need not to stare on the images above to describe how we crave for that Chocolate Titans. Even at a glance, you can see how our Didong was really delighted and couldn’t even wait to scoop out a bowl for himself of this really huge, a family-sized, chocolate-overload ice treats.

This Chocolate Titans of Ice Giants is composed of a lot of chocolaty treats such as choco pillows, brownies, cubed chocos, a lot more. For just 495.00 Philippine peso, you can have this Chocolate Titans which is actually can be good for 6-8 persons or maybe even more if you are not that really into sweets. But I personally doubt with my family. We were actually just 6 during this time including my little man and my hubby who were not in the picture above. But still we were craving for more after this one. Smiley

A Food Guide for Pregnant Women

I could still remember when I knew I was pregnant, I was a Vegan that time, I have had hard time getting enough weight for me and for my baby. And since I was already in my 4th week of pregnancy, that was 14 weeks to be exact when I discovered it, my Ob-Gyne advised me to put much attention first on the growth of my baby and me as well. Although on the very first ultrasound done, the baby was taller than expected and he just weighed enough. But I, myself was not that weighty then. She gave me more months to monitor if I gain weight or not. And since I gained very little then after my second trimester of pregnancy, I need to change my diet. She even handed me a food guide for pregnant women.

A Food Guide for Pregnant WomenImage from momjunction.com

To mention some of the stuff in the food guide for pregnant women, it included a list of fruits and vegetables that are needed in every meal and the exact amount or number of pieces. The leafy vegetables are usually paired also with protein sources like any meat. And of course, not to forget the fibrous and watery fruits  as well.

At first, it was difficult for me to add meat in my meal since I was used to Vegan lifestyle. I substituted meat with any protein sources but my attending physician noticed no good to me and it was a bit costly. So to me not to spend much on protein sources, I tried meat little by little every day so I could sustain the needs of my baby and my body as well.

That experience for me was a good one until now that I am still breastfeeding my little one since the food guide for me helped me adjust to eating not just the plain Vegan lifestyle but to any food now to provide exact energy needs to my body every time I breastfeed my little man.

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