Sunday, March 3, 2013

Comfort eating on a Sunday afternoon: chocolate, cheesecake and raspberry brownies

I'm finding it hard to stay positive these days. Everywhere I look and listen, it seems as though the cost of living is creeping ever higher while people are struggling to make do with falling incomes. It worries me that I'm about to open the café for a second season at a time when people's discretionary spending has never been so limited.

When I feel anxious or pessimistic, I often turn to food for comfort. Food is great like that, isn't it?  Sometimes, all you need when you're feeling under the weather is a bowl of broth that is brimful of vegetables while (on the - ahem! - completely other end of the healthy spectrum) a serving of this decadent treat can make you believe that all is indeed well with the world.

Chocolate, cheesecake and raspberry brownies - an edible way of putting the world to rights!
At first glance, this recipe may scare you. I'll admit that there's a lot of sugar in it but this brownie is so rich that you'll only eat a little of it at any one time so you needn't feel too guilty (and I needn't worry about giving you all diabetes!)

Brownie recipe:
225g unsalted butter
100g chocolate (I use 75g of 70% chocolate and 25g good milk chocolate)
75g cocoa powder
450g caster sugar
4 eggs
A pinch of salt
100g self raising flour

Cheesecake recipe:
225g cream cheese
100g caster sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons of flour

100g raspberries
  • Line a brownie tin with parchment paper and set the oven to 180 C/350F.
  • Melt the butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a pan over a medium heat, stirring well to combine.
  • Beat the sugar and the eggs along with a pinch of salt until light and airy.
  • Add the chocolate mixture and beat to combine.
  • Fold in the flour.
  • Make the cheesecake by mixing all of the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Pour 3/4 of the brownie mixture into your brownie tin. 
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture over that.
  • Add the remaining brownie mixture.
  • Using a skewer, swirl both mixtures together to create a pretty marbled effect.
  • Scatter the raspberries on top, pressing them down into the mixture a little so that they don't dry out too much or burn while cooking.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes.  The mixture should look something like this and an inserted skewer should come out wet but not sticky.
  • Allow to cool and cut into small slices. I cut mine into 24 slices. 
Make yourself a cup of tea and give yourself time to savour this special treat. Chocolate, cheesecake and raspberries; there could surely be no better comfort in these financially tough times.


  1. This recipe looks wonderful!

  2. Thanks, Faye. It really is delicious and a little slice goes a long way :)

  3. wow it sounds good! thanks for this recipe! :)