Cheesecake swirl chocolate brownies

September 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Baking again? You ask, as though I have little else to do with my time. Au contraire dear friends, if you have a spare 15 minutes you can whip up this cheeky little brownie mixture and then sit down on your (imaginary sigh) verandah with a lime and soda and a magazine while the oven does its thing. This is the baked ideal on a weekend when the troops want something sweet but you want to be spending your day outdoors reveling in the glorious Spring weather (or fall weather, depending where you are – in which case a warm brownie and a glass of milk would be perfect!).

The recipe is a decadent, rather dense brownie, which is great for cutting and would be the perfect picnic food as it holds together and travels well. I have a very bad oven with no fan to circulate the heat so it is often a case that cakes are cooked from the outside in. As I didn’t want to dry out the edges of the brownie I pulled it out of the oven at 50 minutes, which for the most part resulted in a perfect fudginess and I just had to sacrifice the very centre piece which was too gooey for use. Your oven may yield a different result  but remember it’s better to lose just a little bit than feed people over-cooked cake (we have our reputations to look after don’t we?!).

Cheesecake swirl chocolate brownies

Makes 12 (if you want to share…)

Preheat oven to 180C and line a 22cm tin with non-stick baking paper

In a saucepan over low heat, melt 200g dark chocolate and 250g chopped butter, continuously stirring.

Place in a bowl with 4 eggs and 1 ¾ cups brown sugar and whisk to combine.

Twice sift together 1 ⅓ cups plain flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/3 cup cocoa. Add to bowl and whisk until smooth.

Pour into prepared tin.

To make cheesecake swirl, place 250g cream cheese (softened), 1/3 cup caster sugar and 2 eggs in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Place large spoonfuls of the cheesecake mixture on top of the chocolate mixture and use a butter knife to partially combine.

Bake for 50 minutes or until set.

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