Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Brownie.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup toffee bits
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce

Cheesecake.

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 envelope gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 pound cream cheese, room temperature

Brownie Layer.

Preheat the oven to 325.  Spray the bottom of an 8-inch spring-form pan with removable sides with non-stick spray.

Melt the butter in the microwave or in a saucepan.  In a bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, salt and espresso powder.  Pour the butter in and mix together with a wooden spoon.  Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.  Stir in the flour just until moistened.

Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly into the pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Set aside to cool completely, then sprinkle with the chocolate chips and toffee bits.  Drizzle with the caramel.  Refrigerate while you prepare the cheesecake.

 

Cheesecake.

Pour 1/4 cup cream into a microwave-safe dish.  Add the gelatin and whisk with a fork to combine.  Let stand for 5 minutes; it will be thick and clumpy.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds to completely dissolve the gelatin.  Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the remaining 1 1/4 cups cream with the vanilla at medium-high speed until soft peaks form, gradually adding the powdered sugar as the cream thickens.  Add the cream cheese and gelatin mixture and beat until smooth and thick with no lumps, about 2-3 minutes.  Immediately spread over the brownie, smooth out the top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4-6 hours, or overnight.

If you like, garnish the top with chocolate chip polka dots.


Yields 10-12 servings


Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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