A triple chocolate brownie, with a layer of toasted chopped nuts , then topped with cheesecake mixture
For the brownie base:
- 5 large eggs
- 1⅓ cups (300g) Unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 10½ oz. (300g) Dark chocolate
- 1½ cups plus 1 Tbsp. (335g) dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp. instant coffee mixed with 2 tsp. hot water
- 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp. (145g) all-purpose flour, sifted
- ½ cup (35g) cocoa powder, sifted
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate chips
- For the nutty center:
- 1⅓ cups (240g) chopped mixed nuts or hazelnuts
- 2 9-oz (250g) jars dulce de leche
- ½ tsp. salt
- For the top:
- 12¾ oz. (360g) full-fat cream cheese
- ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. (120g) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1¼ tsp. almond extract
- 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- Cocoa powder, for dusting
Put the butter and chocolate in a small pot and melt gently, stirring occasionally until the mixture is liquid. Set aside to cool.
Line the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13-inch/23 x 33cm baking pan with some parchment paper so that it comes ½ inch/1cm above the top of the pan, and lightly grease.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine the eggs, brown sugar, and cooled coffee in a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) and whisk until the mixture is light, thick, and fluffy. This should take 5 minutes with electric beaters. (Adding the coffee really enhances the flavor of the cocoa and you won’t even be able to taste the coffee itself.)
Pour in the cooled melted chocolate and whisk until the mixture no longer has any streaks in it. Then add the sifted flour, cocoa, and salt and mix until you have a glossy batter.
Mix the teaspoon of flour with the chocolate chips in a bowl before mixing them into the batter until they’re well dispersed—this trick will prevent them from sinking to the bottom when you bake the brownies. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and level off the top. Bake for 25 minutes.
While it is baking, toast the nuts in a large nonstick pan, stirring until they are a deep golden brown. Put toasted nuts and the salt, mix, and set aside.
As soon as the brownies are baked, take them out of the oven and let cool completely in the pan. Spread the sticky nut mixture over the top and pop the whole thing in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Make the cheesecake top by mixing the cream cheese, granulated sugar, eggs, almond extract, orange zest, and flour together really well. Spoon and spread into an even layer over the nut mixture and pop into the oven for about 50 minutes. As soon as the cheesecake is set in the center, allow to cool totally and chill in the fridge overnight. Dust with the cocoa, take out of the pan, and cut into squares.
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