A swirly cream cheese layer makes this brownie a little special. Don’t overcook it or it will be dry. Test with a skewer – it should have a sticky residue that can be rolled into a ball in your fingertips. Serve warm from the tin or, for dessert, top with thickened cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, or drizzle with chocolate sauce or berry coulis.
- 125g butter
- ¼ cup dark cocoa
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup plain flour
- 80g butter, melted
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 125g cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- ¼ cup self-raising flour
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a brownie or slice tin (about 20cm x 20cm) with paper.
- Melt butter and cocoa, stirring until smooth. Add sugar and eggs, and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add flour and blend well. Pour into tin.
- For the cream cheese layer, mix the melted butter with the sugar, cream cheese and egg, and beat well until smooth. Mix in vanilla and flour.
- Dollop spoonfuls of white mixture over the dark and swirl. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author