The ABC bakers are ringing in the new year with a decadent chocolate-cheesecake treat as we continue to bake from the King Arthur Flour website.
The chocolate portion of the recipe was an easy cocoa-based saucepan brownie loaded with chocolate chips and the cheesecake layer, a simple vanilla flavoured sweetened cream cheese blend that included eggs and flour.
The brownie mixture was far more dense than the cheesecake so tended to sink to the bottom; marbling the two was a bit of a challenge. I made a half recipe and baked it in a 20cm/8" square pan; it took about 10 minutes longer to bake than the longest time given in the recipe.
They were moist and very rich - I'm glad I cut 36 small pieces - with the overall texture that of a soft, fudgy brownie. I didn't think the cheesecake portion balanced that well with the brownie; it was far too sweet so the characteristic tang of the cheese was lost and it was overpowered by the intensely chocolate-y brownie. Having said that, they certainly disappeared quickly enough from an assorted holiday dessert tray so what do I know? ;)
If you would like to try them, you can find the recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies here. Visit the ABC bakers here to see what variations they baked up.