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Published on 20 June 13

Red Velvet Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies


To make the red velvet brownies:

  • 230g butter
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 8 tablespoons of cocoa powder 
  • A few drops of vanilla extract 
  • A few drops of red food colouring 
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • A handful of chocolate chips

And for the cheesecake topping:

  • 1 pack of cream cheese
  • 80g caster sugar
  • More drops of vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolk
  • Crushed pieces of white chocolate

1. Preheat your oven to 190ºc and line a slightly deep baking tray with buttered greaseproof paper to stop the brownies from sticking.

2. Melt your butter in a bowl over boiling water and add this to the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract then add a few drops of red food colouring.

3. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and stir these into the brownie mixture.

4. Fold in the flour adding a bit at a time until it is well combined with the brownies.

5. Then add 3/4 of the mixture to your baking tray reserving a bit to add for the topping.

6. To make the cheesecake topping, simply combine the cream cheese, caster sugar, vanilla extract and egg yolk together – either whisking my hand if you’re super speedy or by using an electric mixer.

7. Once smooth, spread the cheesecake mixture over your brownies.

8. Add the remaining brownie batter and get creative by swirling it all together and sprinkling the crushed pieces of white chocolate all over.

9. Pop it into the oven for 35 minutes or until the cheesecake is silky and firm.

10. Leave to cool, add a few drizzles of red food colouring over the top and serve with great big dollops of vanilla ice cream and a few raspberries

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