If you asked the people you know to list their favourite sweet foods or baked goods I can almost guarantee that both cheesecake and brownies would be on that list. This combination of rich fudgy brownie and sweet smooth cheesecake is the perfect dessert or afternoon tea.
150g unsalted butter, chopped
300g good quality dark chocolate ( i used cadbury old gold)
1 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup sour cream
250g pack of philidelphia cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180’C. Brush or rub a 20cm square cake tin with butter. Line with baking paper, leaving overhang on all four sides byover lapping through the middle. Combine the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until chocolte melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Whisk two of the eggs togehter in a small bowl. Add whisked eggs and 2/3 cup of the sugar into the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Add the flour and the sour cream and stir until well combined. Use an electric beater to beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar (and vanilla if wanted) in a bowl until smooth. Add the remaining egg and beat until just combined. Spoon chocolate and cream cheese mixtures alternatively over the base of the cake tin. Use a spoon handle to swirl the mix to create a marbled effect. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 1 hour and allow to cool. Once cool cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container.
I made these for skyfire which is held at Lake Burley Griffin every year. The evening started off with a beautiful clear night, a little breezy but lovely all the same. We had great company, delicous food and the prospect of a spectacular fireworks show at 8.30pm. At about 7.30 the dark clouds started rolling in and soon it was very dark. Not long after that we were under the picnic blankets with umbrellas and tarps held over our heads. The rain continued to come down so that we all had soaked pants, shoes and everything was covered in water. Our saviour, the stash of cheesecake brownies. As we huddled in the rain the sweet, dense, chocolateyness of these cheeecake brownies made it all seem ok.
I do apologise for not having any photos of the process, I made them late Friday night and only once I had cut them I realised I had forgotten to take photos. All the steps are pretty simple. A fairly simple brownie mix with a basic cheesecake mix added together does make a standout dessert. The mix I made for skyfire had half of the cheesecake plain and the other half with a few teaspoons of raspberry jam which I bought from the handmade market last week. This made a nice more decadent change to the plain version. I used to make these, like the muesli bars from last week all the time when Daniel and I were first together, another easy one for a small kitchen and minimal utensils, the hardest part is waiting for them to cool!
I hope that you find an equally suitable occasion for these delicous treats and that they become part of your repertoire as they have mine. Have a lovely week everyone.
Love Sonia xx