Monday, November 1, 2010

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet Cake is a favorite among many friends of mine and I've noticed it's especially popular to make during the holidays for the beautiful red hue. When I caught Sunny Anderson from Food Network making a brownie version of this cake, I knew I had to try it! I loved how pretty the rich red brownies came out with the cream cheese swirls on top. I plan on making these Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies brownies again for the holidays since they're so festive...

When I was watching Sunny prepare this recipe on tv, she made it look so easy... and it is! The key to this recipe is using either a no taste powder or gel food coloring to get the unmistakable color for the red velvet brownie. You can find it at any baking specialty store or some craft stores that sell baking items. I will admit that the chocolate flavor isn't exactly very strong but you can experiment and adapt this recipe with your favorite brownie recipe by adding red food coloring.
 
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
Recipe from Sunny Anderson

1 tablespoon butter, for greasing baking pan

Red Velvet Brownie layer:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon red food coloring (gel or powder)
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour

Cream Cheese layer:
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla



Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8x8 baking pan, set aside.

Combine the melted butter with the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring and vinegar, in that order mixing between additions.

Whisk eggs in a separate small bowl and combine with warm cocoa mix. Fold the flour into the chocolate batter and combine lightly. Reserve ¼ cup of batter for the top and set aside. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking pan.

For the cream cheese layer, blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gently spread cream cheese layer on top of brownie batter in the pan.

Dollop remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Using a skewer, toothpick or the sharp end of a knife, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl patter.

Bake brownies for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before cutting.
Yield: 8-10 servings