Student’s Recipe: Godi’s Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
A Culinary Arts major, Jan Francis Medard Godisan (known also as Francis/Godi) has a burning passion for cooking. “Honestly, my inspiration in cooking is myself because it drives me to become better [in cooking].”
One of the most addicting dishes that he creatively came up with is called, ‘Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies’. He describes this dish as a perfect combination of “Red Velvet goodness mixed with the richness of a brownie, contrasted by the slightly tangy cream cheese layer.”
People who love dessert will really like the recipe for these brownies because it is very easy to bake. “It is easy as long as you follow the procedures, and measure the ingredients properly.” Additionally if one enjoys baking, ingredients will not be too hard to find.
Not only is it the quintessential comfort food, but it also makes the perfect dessert. Since the recipe can make about 16 decent-sized brownies, Francis claims it can also be a great gift. “Aesthetic-wise this could be a crowd pleaser.”
As a final note, he gave tips on how to enhance the dish’s appearance and taste for people who might try out his recipe. “I recommend putting it in the fridge for a few hours before consuming it. It will highlight the brownies’ creaminess and help hold their shape better.”
RED VELVET CHEESECAKE BROWNIES
For the red velvet base
¾ cup bread flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup/ 8oz. unsalted butter
200g white chocolate
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
3 pcs eggs
½ tsp red gel food coloring (or to preference)
For the cheesecake layer
1 block (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 pc egg yolk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1) Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9″ x 9″ brownie pan with parchment paper.
2) Combine flour, cocoa powder and salt in one bowl. Set aside the dry ingredients.
3) Melt together the butter and white chocolate together. Add in the vanilla extract. Cool for 5 minutes.
4) Add in the eggs and the food coloring and mix until combined well.
5) Stir in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
6) In a separate bowl, combine all the ingredients for the cheesecake layer.
7) Layer the red velvet base into the brownie pan and put dallops of the cheesecake mixture across. Swirl with a barbecue stick to create a marbling effect.
8) Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
9) Let the brownies cool in the pan before cutting. Serve.