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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie

IMG_20171028_110246 copyFresh raspberries really bring out the flavor of the chocolate in this brownie.

If you enjoy brownies that are crunchy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside, bake them until the sides are clearly set but the center is only just set. If you test with a toothpick, it should be clean when inserted at the edges but a few moist crumbs should still be attached at the center.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed or fresh
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (18 – to 20 oz.) package brownie mix
  • 2/3 cup vegetable/canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Cooking spray
Materials:
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 Bowls
  • 13 x 9 in. cake pan
  • Mixer
  • Sieve
  • Spatula
  • Blender
  • Dinner knife
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Lightly grease cake pan with cooking spray.
2.  Put the raspberries into a blender, and puree until smooth.  Set a mesh strainer over a bowl, and pour the liquefied raspberries into it.  Use a plastic spatula to press the juice through the sieve, leaving the seeds behind.  Measure out 1/3 cup raspberry sauce. (Discard remainder, or reserve for another use.)
3.  Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the 1/3 cup raspberry sauce with the cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and flour until completely smooth.
4.  In a separate bowl, combine the brownie mix with the oil, 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons water.
5.  Pour 2/3 of the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared pan.  Top with the raspberry mixture, and spred gently.  Add the remaining brownie mixture in dollops.  Use a dinner knife or chopstick to make swirls throughout the batter.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the brownies are cooked through.  Let cool, then cut into squares.

While you enjoy your brownies, why not listen to a good book? Starter Zone, the first book of my new YA/LitRPG series, The Revelation Chronicles, is now available on Audible!

Audible Version Available

When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.

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