Saturday, 6 October 2012

Cheesecake Brownie Slice

My mum has a beautiful tea set. It used to belong to her Grandmother. It takes pride of place in a hutch in her kitchen. They are lovely mismatched delicate tea cups and saucers. As a little girl I saw this tea set taken out when ladies were coming over for afternoon tea or when my Nan was visiting.
Something about setting out your finest tea set for company reminds me of a simpler time. A time when ladies were in fact ladies. Ladies wore hats and gloves, tables were adorned with lace table cloths and flowers, napkins weren't made from paper and tea was stirred with dainty silver teaspoons.

As my sister and I have gotten older and can appreciate my mums tea set, she has decided it was time we started our own sets and has bought us each a few pieces. Every now and then we get together for afternoon tea. We use the lace table cloths, pick a delicious tea and each make some fancy afternoon treat. For our latest afternoon tea I decided to make this delicious cheesecake brownie slice.

150gm butter - chopped
300gm good quality dark cooking chocolate - coarsely chopped
3 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup sour cream
250gm pkt cream cheese - at room temperature

1. Pre heat oven to 180°C. Line a slice pan with baking paper. Making sure there is at least a 2cm overhang on the ends.

2. Combine the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside for approximately 5 minutes to cool slightly.

3. Whisk 2 of the eggs in a small bowl. Add the whisked eggs and 2/3 cup of the sugar to the chocolate mixture. Stir to combine. Add the flour and sour cream, stirring until well combined.

4. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese and remaining sugar. Use electric beaters to beat until smooth. Add the remaining egg, beat until just combined.

5. Spoon the chocolate and cream cheese mixture, alternatively, into the prepared pan. Use a butter knife or skewer to swirl the mixtures together to create a marble effect. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 1 hours to cool. Cut into squares and serve.

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