October 17, 2018

Little Brownie-Cheesecake Bars

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In addition to a recipe, this article introduces a concept of baking two different types of dessert together. It is achievable and delicious! Taking two pastries that you love and combining them will take your taste buds on a journey out of this world. To cut it nicely later it is best to place the firmer dessert on the bottom, in this case brownies.

This recipe will make about 36 (2 by 1.5-inch) rectangle servings of Brownie-Cheesecake Bars

Brownie layer:

  • 4-oz unsweetened chocolate (unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup All Purpose flour
  • Optional: 1 cup of nuts

Brownie Layer Instructions:
1.Prepare a 9”x13” pan with spray grease and line it with aluminum foil. 
2.Preheat your oven to 330 degrees.
3.Microwave the chopped chocolate and butter (30 seconds increments are best) until completely melted. 
4.Mix sugar, eggs and vanilla together in a separate bowl.
5.Mix step 3 mixture with step 4 mixture.
6.Mix in the rest of the ingredients and layer the brownie batter on the bottom of your prepared pan. 
7.Chill this mixture while you make the cheesecake layer. 

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 8-oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos (or other) 

Cheesecake Layer Instructions:
1.Mix the Cream cheese with the sugar until smooth, scraping the bowl often to avoid lumps.
2.Mix the vanilla and the egg together in a separate container.
3.Mix the egg into the cream cheese mixture slowly as to avoid lumps.
4.Layer this batter over the brownie batter and spread evenly.
5.Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top of the cheesecake mixture and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour (or until entire mixture is set).
6.For a light color on the top, I finished mine by broiling it (less than 5 minutes).

Cut with a wet warm knife once cooled (overnight in the fridge is easier). These Bars will keep for days in the fridge, or months in the freezer.

Other ideas that I want to test out: brownie-pumpkin pie bars, apple pie-crème brûlée, lemon pound cake-blueberry muffins, brownie-oatmeal cookies… I might have to partially bake some of these bottom layers first (stay tuned for the results).

Chef Jean-Louis Lagalle

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