Cranberry chocolate brownies with cream cheese topping

Cranberry chocolate brownies with cream cheese topping

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Makes
32 squares
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Vanessa Levis

A rich, soft brownie studded with dried cranberries with a delicious cheesecake topping – a great recipe for a crowd. Take the cream cheese out of the fridge a few hours beforehand so that it is nice and soft for easy beating.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
185g dark cooking chocolate, roughly chopped
250g butter, cubed
3 eggs
220g caster sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
150g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries, (see Note)

Cream cheese topping

Quantity Ingredient
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
110g caster sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 30 cm x 20 cm lamington or slice tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a small heavy saucepan or a bowl over hot water, stirring constantly. Allow to cool.
  3. Using a hand whisk, beat the eggs until thick and creamy, then gradually beat in the sugar and cocoa.
  4. Sift in the flour and salt then stir through the cooled chocolate mixture and cranberries. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared cake tin.
  5. To make the topping, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese. Gradually beat in the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat in thoroughly. Stir in the flour and vanilla.
  6. Dollop this mixture over the chocolate mixture then spread evenly with a small metal spatula.
  7. Bake for 40–45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out almost clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan before cutting into 4–6 cm squares.

Note

  • Dried cranberries are often sold as craisins.
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