Cheesecake Marbled Brownies
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
I think this was my first signature bake.
When I was much younger, and starting to find my baking feet, I found a recipe for Cheesecake Brownies in *I think* The Cookie Book and baked it enthusiastically for every event I could. I still remember that little swelling feeling of pride presenting a plate of my homemade brownies at the table. I think these brownies are partly responsible for my baking love affair - and my journey to becoming a feeder...
I want to share this recipe today, although different to the original I baked all those years ago, because this is one of those bakes that will help you fall in love with baking. It will melt your heart when you see others bite into a slice and eye-roll with delight. It will also win you over because it's just UH. Delicious. The tangy sweet cheesecake marbling slices through these rich, moody brownies. They're dense and soft and bonkers when warmed up and served with a scoop of ice cream. You're gonna love them. And if you've never been a fan of baking before, try them this weekend and start the love affair. Heart emojis for days.
For Cheesecake Marbled Brownies you will need (makes 20 pieces):
For the brownie:
100g unsalted butter
100g dark chocolate (at least 70%)
125g caster sugar
pinch of salt
75g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
100g dark chocolate (70%)
For the Cheesecake marbling:
200g full fat cream cheese
2 egg yolks
75g caster sugar
Begin by preheating your oven to 180c and lining a brownie tin with baking parchment.
Start off by melting 100g dark chocolate with the butter in a bain-marie or the microwave. Stir together until completely melted. Remove from the heat.
Beat the sugar, salt and eggs into the melted chocolate mix.
Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and stir up until smooth. Then chop up another 100g dark chocolate and stir through.
Pour the brownie batter into your prepared tin and spread into the corner.
Beat all the cheesecake topping ingredients together until smooth and then spoon over the brownie mix. With a skewer or end of a spoon, marble the cheesecake mix into the brownie. Be firm, the brownie batter can be a little stiff, and really get the mixture swirled through.
Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. The brownies are ready when they look just set, a skewer should come out with a little moisture on it. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack and then slice up into pieces.
Taste test a couple, obvs. It's the responsible thing to do.
Pile high and share away. If you try this bake this weekend, tag me in your creation photos - @LDHucks.