Thursday, 26 May 2011

red velvet cheesecake brownies

Photos: heysweetie8
Ok here's a random fact about red velvet cake: Jessica Simpson requested one as her wedding cake when she married Nick Lachey. 

Anyway, I got my first taste of red velvet cake when I moved up to Johannesburg mid-year last year. Lucky Pony had blogged about her Wolves version, so I headed out the moment my feet landed on highveld ground. I have since tasted Life's red velvet cake, (at Hyde Park Shopping Centre), which is equally amazing. I've made red velvet cupcakes a couple of times, so I had to try this interesting twist on the Southern classic. Thank you Baking Bites.

Makes 16

1/2 cup butter
2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp red food coloring
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

8-oz cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease. In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add in the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Batter should be red. If a brighter red is desired, add an additional 1/2 tsp food coloring. Add flour and salt into the bowl and stir until everything is just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

3. Prepare cheesecake mixture. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Drop in dollops onto prepared brownie batter. Gently swirl two batters with a butter knife.

4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned. Cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving, either at room temperature or chilled. Brownies can be refrigerated, covered, for several days.

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