This was another recipe where the fates seemed to converge to come up with a great original recipe – this was inspired by Costco and Love from the Oven.
Christi over at Love from the Oven posted up a recipe with a brownie crust made out of Pop-Tarts – I loved the idea of using Pop-Tarts in baking. Then a few weeks ago, I was browsing Costco in Croydon with Beardy Fiance. Costco, the vast wholesaler, is one of my favourite place to get bargains by buying food in bulk (and they often have a few special treats that I can throw into the cart to bake with.) They had several large containers of strawberry and chocolate Pop-Tarts.
They called to me. Love from the Oven did a great job with the pop-tart crust, but I really liked the idea of a Pop Tart as stuffing. And then once I saw this strawberry cheesecake chocolate from Lindt, it was a perfect moment – it would have to be a chocolate cheesecake brownie.
This recipe includes a bunch of goodies – but I happen to think the result is pretty unique! (and my taste testers agree.)
Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies (adapted from Nigella Lawson’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess)
125g Lindt strawberry cheesecake chocolate (although any strawberry chocolate or, in a pinch, plain dark chocolate would do)
125g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs
200g cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
75g plain flour
2 strawberry Pop Tarts
Sift in the dry ingredients.
Bake at 180C for about forty to forty five minutes – the outside will be very well browned, but make sure you test the inside – due to the cream cheese, it will take quite a long time to set.