Brownie Based Cheesecake

Brownie, cheesecake, fruity goodness!

Brownie based cheesecake

A couple of months back I hosted my first Clandestine Cake Club for the Wigan and Bolton Branch and the theme was for seasonal summer cakes. I took my inspiration from Neapolitan ice cream- chocolate, vanilla and fruit and transformed into a brownie based cheesecake. A layer of chocolate brownie, smothered with tangy no bake vanilla cheesecake and covered with raspberries.

I can’t tell you how good this is! Rich brownie, then the creamy cheesecake and the fruit just cuts through it all. There ain’t no cheesecake like a brownie based cheesecake!

I went for a lunchtime forage walk last week with a workmate and we managed a few blackberries so have used them on my second version of this cake. Use whatever is in season. My third version used frozen black forest fruit- see, anything goes.

Brownie based cheesecake

So yes I made two this weekend – plus a chocolate Bundt cake in my new tin. And Andrew made chocolate whisky ice cream. I thought it was time to crack into the chocolate which I won! A couple of posts back I showed you an Infographic which the lovely people at Bako North Western made of my Nutella cheesecake. Well soon after the second part of my prize arrived: 23kg of amazing Callebaut chocolate! Seriously we are talking overwhelming amounts of the stuff and it’s taken me a couple of weeks to crack open one of the 5kg bars (!!!) and start baking.  There was also a beautiful book and some baking bits – I am a very lucky girl and can’t thank them enough.

This recipe uses my standard brownie as the base and therefore makes two bases. Wrap one well in baking paper and cling film and it will freeze for a rainy day. Or do what I did and make two!

Brownie based cheesecake

Brownie Based Cheesecake

Serves 8-10
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Formal Party, Thanksgiving
By author Claire Thomas - GoodEggFoodie
A triple layered cake inspired by Neapolitan ice cream: rich brownie base, tangy no bake cheese cake and a fresh fruit topping.

Ingredients

Base

  • 300g dark chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 125g butter (cubed)
  • 250g soft dark brown sugar
  • 70g Greek yoghurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 70g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • splashmilk

Cheesecake

  • 300g full fat cream cheese
  • 100-120g icing sugar
  • 2 drops vanilla Spice Drops (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 150ml Double Cream (If you get one of those small pots which is 180-something ml, just use the lot, don't waste it!)

Topping

  • Fresh raspberries (or other soft fruits)

Directions

1. Take everything out of the fridge and allow to come to room temperature
Base
2. Preheat oven to 160c and base line / grease two 20cm round cake tins.
Base
3. Melt the butter and chocolate together - in a bowl over simmering water or cheat like I do on the very lowest heat in a very good non stick pan. Leave to cool slightly for 5-10 mins.
Base
4. In a food processor or stand mixer, mix together the eggs, sugar and yoghurt until light and frothy.
5. Add the cooled chocolate to the eggs and mix well.
6. Gently fold in the flour and baking powder.
7. If the mixture seems thick, add a splash of milk until it has a gloopy dropping consisency.
8. Pour into the two cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until crisp on top and a skewer comes out nearly clean. Leave to cool.
Cheesecake
9. In a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese, vanilla, cream and 100g of the icing sugar. Taste- if you like it sweeter add the rest of the sugar (I like to keep it quite tangy). Mix together on a high setting - you will see it thicken up. When it is thick like well whipped double cream you are done.
10. When your bases are cool, wrap one well and freeze. With the other, line one of your cake tins with clingfilm so it hangs over the sides and pop it back in.
11. Cover with the cheesecake mixture and arrange the fruit on top. Pop into the fridge to firm up.
12. Brownie based cheesecake
Remove from the fridge before serving and allow to come back up to room temperature. Remove carefully from the cake tin - the clingfilm should peel off easily leaving you with a neat(ish) cake.

Brownie based cheesecake

I hope you enjoy this most decadent of cakes. Oh and if you’ve any ideas for my mountain of chocolate, leave a comment. I’m looking for inspiration for the white choc in particular.

I am adding this to the Recipe of the Week linky from A Mummy Too.

Link up your recipe of the week

It is also a late entry into September’s #WeShouldCocoa– thank you to The Veg Space for accepting me after the link had shut. I must get my act together sooner! It is all about chocolate and blackberry – so well worth reading the round up here.

Happy baking xxx                 


                         

 

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Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes.
She is a foodie with exceptional taste!
Always looking for the best food and drink producers from far and wide.
Chocolate brownie queen, mine are the best.
Clandestine Cake Club Organiser for Bolton and Wigan.
Travel lover. What better way to discover new food, than to travel to it.
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10 comments

  1. Ooooooh this looks so delish!! I’m scared to start following you, (but I’m so going to! ), I think I’m going to put on weight I’m sure!!

    • Thank you for your kind comment – I can assure you that all my recipes are calorie free…so long as you only look at the pictures! Glad you like it, let me know if you make your own (it’s super easy) x

  2. Pingback: Recipe Roundup: 9 indulgent Blackberry & Chocolate Recipes - The Veg Space

  3. 23kg of chocolate? That would be my dream come true. Both the blackberry and raspberry versions of your cheesecake look fantastic, what a very lovely idea.

    I’m a bit confused, I thought this was a We Should Cocoa post, but I can’t find any mention of it. Have I gone mad?

    • It was but the link had closed! I thought I’d added the kinky info but maybe I didn’t press publish! Thanks for pointing out, I’ll check later when I put my laptop on!

    • Oh dear lord – kinky info?! Serves me right for trying to reply when I was making tea!! LINKY, I MEAN LINKY!!
      Added, thanks Chocolette for pointing out x I will be on time next time!

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