Let me cut to the chase and simply put it this way: You must try this recipe. Now.
Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
from Green & Black's Ultimate Chocolate Recipes
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8x8 pan with parchment. Melt 2.5 sticks of butter and 6 ounces Green & Black's 70% dark chocolate in the microwave. This takes about 2 minutes; stir well to combine into a smooth mixture. Isn't this lovely? Set aside to cool for a few minutes while you get the rest of the brownie components going.
Step 2: Add 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, and a pinch of salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture on top and mix until smooth. Beat five large eggs in a separate bowl; add to the brownie mix, along with 2 tsp. vanilla and 3.5 ounces chopped Green & Black's white chocolate. Whisk well to combine and pour into the parchment-lined pan.
Step 3: Make the cheesecake mixture by combining 11 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 2 large eggs until creamy. I did this in my Kitchen Aid using the whisk attachment. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the brownie mixture in the pan, making an even layer. Use a knife to create marbled swirls. Add 6 ounces of raspberries on top. I laid individual berries on top and pushed them into the batter to ensure an even distribution of the berries.
Step 4: Bake until the middle of the brownies is just set. For me, this took about 50 minutes...but the cookbook says 30-40 minutes. Just go by sight...the cheesecake topping should be golden brown, and the middle should just barely wiggle. Place aluminum foil on top of the pan and let the brownies cool on the counter for about an hour.
When the brownies have cooled, carefully remove them from the pan using the parchment as a sling. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut into 16 brownies. If you're like me? Sample one and let your eyes roll back in your head.
Step 5: Place the brownies on a serving plate. If you aren't serving them right away, I recommend storing them in the fridge. Simply remove about 15 minutes before you're ready to serve to allow them to come back to room temp. Aren't these brownies just lovely, with all those layers of flavor?
The brownie layer is dense with a very pronounced chocolate flavor since it has only 1/2 cup of flour. The chunks of white chocolate provide a nice, sweet counterbalance. The topping is slightly creamy, and the raspberries provide a nice tart bite. Add it all up, and you've got an amazing brownie on your hands. It doesn't hurt that they also look very pretty on the plate!
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To whet your appetite further, I'll leave you with a few more recipes from the cookbook that caught my eye:
- White Chocolate and Blackberry Cupcakes
- Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake
- Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake
- Truly Gooey Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies
- Velvet Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte
That's just a sampling of the wonderful recipes in this cookbook! I'm sure I'll be featuring several recipes in here in the coming months, so stay tuned...gotta spread the calories around a bit.