Cheesecake Brownies

24 Dec

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I love cheesecake and brownies. What can go wrong if you combine them? Nothing – as long as you are willing to share them with others and resist from eating them all by yourself!

The original recipe was with unsweetened chocolate. I didn’t have any and decided to try it with Bournville instead. Since it is sweet, I left out the sugar. I was not sure at first, but they turned out great! There is 1/3 cup sugar in the cheesecake layer and sugar in the chocolate bar after all!

Ingredients

Brownie Layer

1/2 cup (113 grams) butter, cut into pieces
150 grams Bournville chocolate bar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 free range eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Cream Cheese Layer

227 grams full fat cream cheese, at room temperature (I used Philadelphia)
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 free range egg

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line a baking pan with aluminium foil or a parching paper. Melt the butter and chocolate and whisk in vanilla extract (and the sugar, if you are using any). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. Stir in the flour and stir until the batter is smooth and glossy. This will take about one minute – good exercise! Spread the brownie batter evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

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Then it is time to prepare the cheesecake layer! In a medium bowl process the cream cheese just until smooth – you can do it using a food processor, a hand mixer, or your hands. Add the sugar, vanilla, and egg and beat until creamy and smooth. Be careful not to over process it! It should not be runny! Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the brownie layer.

 

Bake in the preheated oven until the brownies are set and the cream cheese is just beginning to brown. This should take about 30 minutes depending on your oven. A good way to test whether the brownies are ready is by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out only with a few moist crumbs, the brownies are ready.

Remove the cheesecake brownies from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. The cut the brownies to squares and store in the refrigerator. Each brownie has about 200 calories.

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