This morning, as I lay in the divine state of half sleep I was rudely awoken by a very strange sound, a very strange indeed. I rubbed my eyes and furrowed my brow as this odd screeching continued. Eventually I got out of bed and stumbled dozily towards the window. Little did I know that the sight that would greet me would fill me with such childish glee. A thick blanket of snow enveloped everything in sight apart from the cause of that horrid sound. A poor BT engineer and his van were stranded in the middle of the road and had taken to digging his way out. I felt sorry for him, I really did, that is until I realised that there was no way in hell we could possible get our car out of the drive today. You know what that means....SNOW DAY!! Yep, today the majority of the country celebrated England grinding to a halt with a day of tea, PJs and a good book. Well, at least that's how I celebrated.
Once my book was done boredom started to set in. I realised that this day off wasn't as amazing as I first thought. I was stuck, confined even. Cabin fever can drive a girl to insanity you know. Of course, I decided to stave off the dreaded fever by appeasing one of my resolutions, to bake something new from each of my cook books. Today I chose cheese cake brownies from one of my often read but seldom used books Blissful Brownies.
175g unsalted butter
125g plain flour
200g golden caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3tbsp cocoa powder
50g golden caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 180C and grease a 30cm x 18cm brownie pan.
In a medium saucepan melt the butter over a low heat. Once melted stir in the cocoa powder and sugar, combining till smooth.
Add the egg, beating the mixture till fully inc-operated before adding the flour. Stir through until smooth and add to the prepared pan.
To make the cheesecake mixture combine the sugar, cheese and egg and beat until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture on top of the brownie base. Take a sharp knife and run it through the batter creating a marbled effect.
Put the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes. Testing regularly with a cake skewer.