RED VELVET CHEESECAKE BROWNIES
Red Velvet Brownie batter
- 100 g (3,5 oz) white chocolate finely chopped
- 110 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter cubed
- 75 g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 tsp white vinegar
- 60 g (1/2 cup) all purpose flour
- 8 g (1 tbsp) unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- red food coloring in paste or gel
- 300 g (10,5 oz) cream cheese chilled
- 60 g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 40 g (3 tbsp) milk
- 12 g (1+1/2 tbsp) cornstarch
Red Velvet Brownie batter
- Place white chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl and place over bain-marie until almost melted.
- Remove from heat and keep on mixing until completely melted and just slightly cool down.
- Incorporate sugar, then egg one at a time and vinegar. Mix with a whisk, you don't need a hand mixer.
- Sift in flour, cocoa, salt and reed food coloring. Mix until smooth but do not overmix!
- Pour the batter into a prepared (lined with parchment paper) 20x20cm-8x8inch cake pan but remember to set aside about 3 tbsp of the red velvet batter for the marble effect on top.
- In a medium size bowl place cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and mix until creamy (do not overmix!).
- In a small bowl place cornstarsh, gradually pour in milk while keep on mixing. Mix until cornstarch dissolves.
- Gradually incorporate it into the cheesecake mix.
- Place, spoon by spoon, cheesecake batter on top of red velvet brownie batter to create an evenly cheesecake layer.
- Spoon the reserved 2 tbsp of brownie batter mix on top of the cheesecake batter in small spots and use a skewer to create swirls like a marble pattern.
- Bake in preheated oven at 160°C-320°F for about 30 minutes.
- Cool down completely in the baking pan.
- Place in refrigerator for about 1 hour before unmold and slice it.
- Trim the edges (optional) and cut in 9 big squares (or 16 small squares).
To get a bright red color that rest vibrant after baking like my Red Velvet Brownies, you should use a professional food coloring in paste or gel. My favourite brand is Sugar Flair and you need less than 1/2 tsp of food coloring to get that amazing red!
I made an easy marble pattern for my Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies to decorate them. You just need to remember keeping apart about 3 tbsp of Red Velvet brownie batter you will use to spot on top of cheesecake layer. Then you can use a toothpick to create this easy cute effect!
Instead of use dark chocolate like a classic Brownies recipe, I decided to use white chocolate instead. So I got a more vanilla scented brownie batter and the red color turned out more vibrant! But the fudgy texture was the same of a traditional brownie recipe: so rich and fudgy!