Cheesecake Brownies

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

cheesecake brownies

I made these Cheesecake Brownies to celebrate a very very special bit of news for our family. Oliver was accepted into our first choice of primary school! Our first choice was the primary school where he currently goes to nursery, however we're just out of the catchment area. Put it this way... if we lived on the other side of our street we'd be in the catchment area! It's also a 5 minute walk from our house and 1 minute from my parents house {they'll be taking Oliver to school every other week} whereas the school we're in the catchment area for is about 20 minutes away and has a bit of a reputation of being full of snobs! I had convinced myself he wouldn't get into our preferred school to prepare myself for being disappointed.

So after a very tense couple of days waiting for the letter, it finally arrived on Thursday morning. I was at work but had given Hubby strict instructions to open it and ring me immediately. When he rang me and told me Oliver had got in I did lots of whooping and fist pumping! Over the moon is an understatement!

cheesecake brownies

Anyway, as you know I'm slightly obsessed with chocolate brownies. I'm also slightly obsessed with cheesecake. When we eat out I always choose cheesecake if I have dessert. I'm always on the search for ways of adapting or adding things to brownies so when I recently discovered the concept of cheesecake brownies I just had to have a go. As if regular brownies weren't indulgent enough with their rich deep chocolatey fudgy flavour, the tanginess of the cream cheese perfectly compliments it... it's a match made in heaven!

cheesecake brownies
The swirly pattern on top didn't quite work out but they still taste divine!
 
Cheesecake Brownies

Makes 16 {or 9 if you want really big brownies!}
Preparation time 25 minutes
Baking time 30 minutes

Brownie mixture
200g dark chocolate
200g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
120g plain flour
100g milk chocolate cut into chunks

Cheesecake mixture
200g full fat cream cheese {room temperature}
1 egg yolk
75g caster sugar
Preheat oven to 180C {350F} gas mark 4. Line a 25 x 20cm baking tin with baking paper or foil.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a heatproof bowl over a simmering pan of water or in a microwave on 50% power in 30 second bursts. Give it a really good mix and set aside to cool slightly.

Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until really thick and creamy. Beat in the chocolate mixture, then add the flour and fold in gently, until the flour is just combined. Pour into the prepared tin. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks over the brownie mixture in the tin.

In a clean bowl, beat all the ingredients for the cheesecake mixture until smooth. Dot heaped teaspoonfuls of this mixture across the top of the brownie batter in the tin, then use a skewer or knife to swirl the two mixtures together, right across the tin and up to the edges.

Pop in the oven for 30-35 minutes. When ready it should be set and crispy on top but still gooey in the middle. Gently wobble the tin and the middle of the brownie should slightly wobble when it's ready.


Leave to cool for at least 2 hours before you even attempt to cut it. If you cut it up too soon, the brownie will leak all over the place. Cut into squares and give the squidgy middle slices to those you love the most.


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4 comments:

  1. They look good! Glad you got your first choice x

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    1. Thanks Louise, it was the perfect waynto celebrate! x

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  2. woweeeeeee, this looks amazing!!!!!! I'm just about to go to bed but now I'm starving after reading this lol. I love your blog.

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    1. Haha I always feel like that too! Thanks for following, I'm popping pver to visit your blog right now :)

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