|Julian's Valentine Treat|
The recipe is quick and easy to prepare and you likely have all of the ingredients in the house already. I only had to pick up the cream cheese. You might find the addition of the vinegar odd, but it was common in early baking as the reaction of acidic vinegar tends to better reveal the red in cocoa and keeps the cake moist.
|Julian's Red Velvet Brownies Ready for Serving|
1 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, (1 stick) melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon (approx) red food coloring
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or butter an 8 x 8 inch cake pan.
Brownie layer: Add melted butter to a large bowl and one by one, stir in sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar. In a small dish, beat the egg lightly with a fork. Whisk the eggs into the cocoa mix. Stir in the flour until combined. Reserve 1/3 cup of the batter and pour the remainder into the prepared baking pan.
Cream cheese layer: Using an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. (Can be done by hand if you don't have a mixer.) Spread the cream cheese on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Pour the reserved cocoa batter over the cream cheese layer. Using the tip of a knife, swirl through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. As it was Valentine's day, I made a little heart at the end. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting.
|Baked and Cooling|