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Curly Whirly chocolate brownies
Chocolate brownies with a cheesecake swirl baked into the top and a drizzle of chocolate to finish.

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  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a 20cm x 34cm baking tray with baking parchment.

  • Step 2

    Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and give a few whisks with a hand whisk or electric beater, then set aside. This helps the sugar to start to dissolve.

  • Step 3

    Put the butter in a pan and leave over a medium heat until it has completely melted and small bubbles are just beginning to rise to the surface; be careful not to let it boil.

  • Step 4

    Turn off the heat, then add the 54-60% chocolate and a third of the 70% chocolate. Stir until melted.

  • Step 5

    Whisk the eggs and sugar a little more until they turn paler, then add the chocolate mixture and mix to a smooth paste. Sift in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until completely combined.

  • Step 6

    Finally stir in the remaining pieces of chocolate. Pour the mixture into the lined tray and level with a spatula or palette knife.

  • Step 7

    To make the cheesecake topping, beat the cream cheese with the icing sugar and vanilla until smooth, then mix in the egg yolk.

  • Step 8

    Transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm nozzle and pipe it onto the brownie mix in parallel lines about 3cm apart.

  • Step 9

    Drag a fork or knife through the cream cheese and the immediate surface of the chocolate mix to feather it.

  • Step 10

    Bake for 22-25 minutes in the top half of the oven. This should guarantee that the cheesecake topping develops some colour without overcooking the brownies in the process.

  • Step 11

    Leave to cool in the baking tray. The brownies should have a soft centre and fudgey appearance when cooled.

  • Step 12

    Cut into squares, I made 16 but smaller or larger squares can also be cut.

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