Monday, April 12, 2010

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

I love having a reason to bake something for a celebration. Recently a coworker got a promotion and I think that is a perfect reason for a special treat. And this brownie bottom cheesecake was definitely a special treat.

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake
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adapted from Cupcakes, Cookies & Coffee Cakes

brownie bottom:
1/2 c. butter
4 oz. semisweet bakers chocolate, chopped
1 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. milk
1 c. flour

18 oz. cream cheese (2 1/4 packages), softened
2/3 c. sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. sour cream

Melted chocolate, for drizzling

Melt butter and chocolate in large pan over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove from heat and beat in sugar. Add eggs and milk, beating well. Stir in flour and pour into a greased 9 inch springfoam pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly while preparing cheesecake. For cheesecake, beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in sour cream, then pour over brownie bottom. Bake in 325 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until the center is almost set. Let cool before removing for the pan. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours for cutting. Drizzle with melted chocolate.