This recipe is (slightly adapted) from one of my absolute favourite cookbooks: Cake Days. I’ve made these cheesecake brownies before, about two years ago and I was flicking through my Hummingbird book and all the creamy, fudgy memories came flooding back! These are sooooo good. I mean, there’s a fair amount of waiting involved so if you struggle with self restraint or patience then I might suggest making something else but seriously, the wait is worth it. The brownie is actually dough-like in consistency which is a bit weird. Although I like the end product and it works, I feel like these could be massively simplified and I am working on a recipe to do just that because we all know simple baking is the best kind of baking. The cheesecake is made with white chocolate to really intensify the flavour of the whole thing and make it that bit more indulgent.
So I’ve seen a few of these floating around pinterest and I thought they looked nice and festive so I gave them a try. Essentially it’s a (red) chocolate and vanilla flavoured brownie with dollops of cheesecake mixture on top, swirled in to a nice pattern. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. And it’s good. Really, really good.
This week has been a bit of a disaster in terms of baking… My hand mixer broke! I was halfway through making doughnuts on Saturday and it just died on me and the doughnuts became a bit of a lost cause. I also made red velvet cake on Saturday and it just re-ignited my love for all things red velvet. Is it chocolate? Is it vanilla? Who knows… But it’s pretty and red so it’s a winner in my books. I’ll do proper posts for my classic red velvet cake and baked doughnuts over the next few months.
So, I have a new mixer now. It’s pink and has currently taken pride of place in my tiny uni kitchen and everyone must work around it. It’s not just a hand mixer either, it has a stand! Now it’s by no means a Kitchenaid or a Kenwood, but it (just about) does the job and I’m not going to complain! This recipe is super easy and literally takes about 10 minutes to throw together. Perfect if you’re busy with assignments and uni stuff like I am (this is when Christmas is simultaneously the best and worst time of the year).