Six words HELLO! readers: chocolate and raspberry ripple cheesecake brownies. Whatever it takes to make these beauties, we're giving it a go because they look and sound absolutely amazing.
The recipe came to us from the Bake Off team, whose new book The Great British Bake Off: A Bake for All Seasons is available to buy from 30 September. Here's how to whip up the Bake Off cheesecake brownies…
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Chocolate & Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake Brownies
Makes 20 / Hands-on 30 minutes, plus chilling / Bake for 45 minutes
For the brownie layer:
- 250g 70% dark chocolate, chopped
- 150g unsalted butter, cubed
- 3 eggs
- 250g golden caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 150g plain flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
For the cheesecake layer:
- 350g full-fat cream cheese
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 2 eggs
- 100g soured cream
- 175g raspberries, plus optional extra to serve
You will need:
- 30 x 20cm (4cm deep) brownie tin, greased and lined (base and sides) with baking paper
- Wooden skewer
Brownie and cheesecake combined equals pure heaven!
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1. Heat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/Gas 3.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth, then remove the pan from the heat and leave the mixture to cool for 3–4 minutes.
3. Whisk the eggs and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk, on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until well aerated and paler in colour. Add the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla and mix again until just combined.
4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into the bowl and fold them in using a rubber spatula until the mixture is smooth. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread it level. Bake the brownie on the middle shelf for 20 minutes, until slightly risen and set.
5. Meanwhile, make the cheesecake layer. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again to thoroughly combine. Add the soured cream and mix again until smooth.
6. In another bowl, mash the raspberries into a purée with a fork. Pass half of the mashed raspberries through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds, then return the seedless purée to the bowl of remaining mashed raspberries and mix to combine.
7. Remove the brownie from the oven and tap the bottom of the tin sharply on the work surface to deflate slightly. Leave the brownie to cool for 3 minutes, then pour the cheesecake mixture over the top. Spoon the raspberry purée randomly over, then, using a wooden skewer, ripple the mixture through the cheesecake. Return the tin to the oven for a further 22–25 minutes, until the cheesecake sets.
8. Leave the brownie to cool to room temperature in the tin, then chill it for at least 1 hour before cutting it into squares or rectangles to serve (with extra raspberries, if you wish).
The Great British Bake Off: A Bake for All Seasons is published in hardback by Sphere, priced £22. eBook also available
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