At J’s Request.

Every morning in bed I read blogs and J reads The Age, both on our iPads.

It feels like the modern version of the Saturday morning news paper reading.  I update him on my friends posts, and the ‘important’ bits of the news (from twitter) and he updates me on interesting info he finds in the paper.

Now there’s something that must be known about J, he doesn’t drink very much, has no drug addictions but if you put a bag of peanut M&M’s in front of him, he will not hesitate to eat the whole thing, no matter what size and no matter how sick he know’s he’ll feel at the end of his binge.

So when he stumbled across a Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Cheesecake brownie recipe in the newspaper one morning, he of course asked me to make it.  Now I rarely receive baking requests from him, he’s not a real sweet tooth (apart from the peanut M&M’s), so I couldn’t say no.

And as the 8th of December is National Brownie Day I thought of nothing better than this to share with you.

This brownie is delicious!  Absolutely one of a kind, mouth watering, melts in your mouth delicious and unless you can’t eat sugar/gluten/peanuts etc, then you absolutely have to give it a go!

What’s you’re secret addiction?  Do you love brownies?

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Cheesecake Brownie
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Brownie layer
  • 200g dark cooking chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 125g butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 60 g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
Cheesecake layer
  • 250g block of cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 60g dark cooking chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees, line 20cm x 20cm tin
Brownie layer
  1. Stir chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan until melted, set aside to cool for 10 mins.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs and vanilla until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Slowly add chocolate mixture while mixing on low speed. Then beat in flour and salt. Spread brownie mix in pan.
Cheesecake layer
  1. Using electric mixer beat cream cheese, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fully incorporated.
  4. Next beat in milk and the flour being careful not to over mix.
  5. Spread ⅔ of cheesecake mixture on top of brownie mixture.
  6. In a small microwave bowl, break up cooking chocolate and melt at 10 second intervals, stirring in between until melted.
  7. Once melted stir into remaining mixture and gently place on top of brownie in pan. Use chopstick to create swirling patterns.
  8. Bake for 35 mins. Should be slightly undercooked with gooey centre.

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45 Responses to At J’s Request.

  1. It is?! I need to get baking! I only just got my head around World Cookie Day :P This looks amazing and I’m exactly the same when it comes to M&M’s. No self control at all!

  2. Meg says:

    oh my yum.
    that looks absolutely amazing!!

  3. Liz says:

    Oh, yeah, these look incredible!!!! And National Brownie Day? LOVE this!!!

  4. Oh my goodness I bet it is! My husband is the same. I’m baking mad (not to be confused with barking mad) and he doesn’t really have a sweet tooth at all.

    • Clare says:

      Maybe it’s a man thing, less sweet toothed? But these brownies were so good, that I think you could convince him that he needed some.

  5. Oh dear, here I am with my sugar-free recipes and this looks so good I could take a piece right off the page. But I will be strong!

  6. WOW these look AMAZING :) I’m not a Peanut Butter fan but gosh these look DECADENT!!!

    • Clare says:

      It was super peanut-buttery and I also used natural peanut butter so there wasn’t all the additive. It was mostly moist, dense chocolate with a hint of peanut cheesecake.

  7. Megan says:

    Oh my gosh this looks so delicious, will be adding it to my pinterest recipes that I must make!

  8. “Every morning in bed I read blogs and J reads The Age, both on our iPads” that’s exactly Patrick and I! I’m filling him in on all my blog friends that he ‘knows’ and he fills me in on world events. Such a perfect combination! And funny enough on Sunday Patrick forwarded me new salad recipes he found!

    • Clare says:

      Isn’t it awesome. J forwarded me the links and I made them, there was also a lemon ricotta biscuit that I might have to give a go.

  9. I’m sure your husband was very appreciative that you made these brownies. They look to-die-for!!!

  10. Corinne says:

    Oh my GOSH I have to try these now! Looks amazing! And I definitely have a sweet tooth haha :)

  11. Trisha says:

    Love love love this! My friends go gaga when I make them anything with the peanut butter and chocolate combo but unfortunately my husband isn’t a fan of sweets. Oh, and both our men are “J’s”! :-)

    • Clare says:

      Even the chocolate/peanut butter combo? Tell him that he must try them, and then if he doesn’t like them, you can just eat the rest.

  12. Very nice, all the goodness in these brownies! :)

  13. Clare, I just discovered your blog from Cass at Food Is My Friend. I am so glad that I did. First, I am totally digging this ultra rich brownie recipe. Second, I love that you have chickens, and that you spoil them. We have very spoiled pets in our home, just can’t help it. I look forward to reading more from you.

    • Clare says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! The brownie was delicious! Our chickens are now living outside, I must do an update on them soon.

  14. Darn! I missed brownie day! So I’ll just have to make up for it now. ;-) I’m a fan of anything with peanut butter. Combine it with chocolate? Yes, please. Good stuff – thanks.

  15. Ha, to funny. Roy and I are the same. I read blogs and drool over food, while he reads the papers. Its good, I inspire the next meal and he keeps me up to date with the world. Love the recipe, looks soooooooooooo good.

    • Clare says:

      It was absolutely delicious. I will have to make some more in the new year! It’s a good way to keep up with all the great food isn’t it. I also find that I’m as up to date with the news as he is, through twitter.

  16. Those brownies look so good! I do love a good brownie, and they look fantastic! And my husband and I are the same, although he plays angry birds while I catch up on blogs or read a book on my iPad.

  17. I swear Clare, I thought I had left a comment on this post but it looks like I haven’t! :S I love a good brownie and I just made another lot on the weekend with a Christmas theme. These look fabulous!

  18. Lovely Light says:

    Oh wow, that looks yummy! I’ll bookmark it for the future. Found you through Vanisha’s giveaway…

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  20. I must admit to being a big fan of the peanut butter and chocolate combo. Put those flavours in brownies, and hello!

  21. Stephanie says:

    Claire this brownie is visual and physical torture because i am a brownie addict and cannot eat this through my computer screen. I certainly know what dessert i will be stuffing my face with for Christmas! I’ll be leaving out the cheesecake layer though cause i am lactose intolerant. Do you have any idea of a good substitute?

    xo Stephanie

  22. I agree with you, that brownie is really mouthwatering. It looks yummy and I love each layer because it is chewy and the sweetness is just right. This recipe is something that you can definitely be proud of and worth to be kept forever.

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