Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Brownie Cheesecake 2

1 1/3 c. chocolate cookie crumbs
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/3 c. butter, melted
24 oz. cream cheese
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 c. whipping cream

Mini Brownies:
6 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
Brownie batter
pinch of salt
1/4 c. butter
2 Tbsp. bittersweet chocolate chips
6 Tbsp. sugar
2 rounded Tbsp. brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla

1 oz. whipping cream
1/2 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 F. This cheesecake will be baked in a bath, so wrap your 9 inch springform in 3 layers of aluminum foil to make sure none of the water seeps in while the cheesecake is baking. Then grease the bottom of the springform.

To make the cheesecake: In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press firmly into the bottom of the springform. Set aside.

Cream together the cream cheese and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla. Beat in the whipping cream. Pour over the prepared crust. Bake for 55-65 minutes. It doesn't need to be brown on top. Just the center can be a little wobbly when it comes out.

Remove the cake from the bath. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Do not refrigerate until it has completely cooled. Then chill overnight.

Cheesecake with brownies
To make the brownies: Sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt. Melt together the butter and bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir. Let cool to lukewarm. Add egg, vanilla, and sugars. Stir until the sugars are almost dissolved. Gently fold in the dry ingredients.

Grease an 8-inch square baking dish. Then line the dish with parchment/wax paper. Pour batter into the prepared dish. Bake 15-18 minutes at 325 F or until the surface of the brownies appear firm and dry. Do not over bake these brownies. Cool completely. Cut into 1/2 inch squares.
Ready to eat

To make the ganache: In a double boiler, melt together the cream and chocolate.

Top the cheesecake with the mini brownies. Drizzle the ganache over the brownies and cheesecake before serving.

Here's a link to my favorite food blog where I found the recipe: Brownie Cheesecake

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