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Cheesecake Brownies

Guest Chef Recipe

Cheesecake Brownies
Courtesy of Bianca Zapatka
gluten free
wheat free
kid friendly
freezable
1 spoon difficulty rating

55

Serves: undefined

Cheesecake Brownies

Take two of the best desserts ever, mix them together and what have you got... a decadent and outrageously delicious dish! Thanks very much to our guest chef Bianca Zapatka! 

Ingredients: 

For the cheesecake mixture

  • 225g/8 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 125g/½ cup soya yoghurt
  • 40g/¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the brownie batter

  • 2 flax eggs (or 100g (½ cup) unsweetened apple purée)
  • 120g/½ cup vegan butter (or margarine/coconut oil)
  • 120g/4 oz vegan dark chocolate
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g/1 cup plain flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g/¾ cup brown sugar
  • 60ml/5 tbsp plant milk (or hot coffee)

Toppings

  • 85g/3 oz vegan chocolate chips

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.  
  2. Lightly grease a square 21cm (8 inch) cake tin (or a similar sized tin) and line with baking paper, leaving a little extra paper to hang over the sides. (This will make it easier to lift the brownies out of the tin. Greasing the tin first helps the baking paper to stick.)
  3. Prepare the flax eggs by mixing 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds with 6 tablespoons hot water. Then leave to stand for 5–10 minutes.
  4. While you’re waiting, place all the ingredients for the cheesecake mixture into a mixing bowl and mix to a creamy consistency using an electric hand mixer.
  5. Melt the vegan butter along with the chocolate and vanilla extract in a saucepan.
  6. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar. Add the flax eggs, plant milk and melted butter and chocolate mixture, and mix well to form a smooth, creamy batter. 
  7. Pour a third of the brownie batter into the prepared cake tin, covering the base. Then add alternate heaped tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture and brownie batter to the tin, creating a sort of marbled effect, until both mixtures have been used up.
  8. Bake the brownies for around 40 minutes or until they reach your preferred consistency. (The longer you bake the brownies for, the drier they will be. If you like a gooier brownie, don’t bake them for too long.)
  9. Once baked, leave the brownies to cool. Then carefully lift out of the tin using the excess paper.
  10. To slice the brownies, dip a sharp knife into some hot water. Then quickly dry it with a piece of kitchen paper and use the warm knife to cut the brownies into squares.
  11. For the best results, warm the brownies up for a few seconds in the microwave before serving. This will make them really gooey and creamy.
 
Tips and variations
  • Gluten-free: The brownies also work well with a gluten-free flour mix. Simply use exactly the same quantity as specified for the flour.
  • Egg substitutes: Rather than flax eggs, you could also use 100g (½ cup) apple purée or a mashed ripe banana. If you do use fruit, I would recommend adding a little less sugar to the batter as the fruit has a natural sweetness.
  • How to store: The brownies will keep in a sealed container for up to 5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze them as individual portions. Simply put a small piece of baking paper between each brownie and place them in a sealable freezer bag. This ensures that they don’t freeze together, so you can easily take them out one at a time.

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