comfort in a brownie

you dont need anything else when you are serving a brownie.
a brownie has got it all, its small but full of flavour.
its sweet and the only thing that could make it any sweeter would be a kiss shared in between.

a brownie is for everything.
a box of brownies is the bestest peacemaker on the planet.
i have never seen people eating a brownie & starting a war.
you just have to laugh, cuz it's such a fun and happy little cake.
a brownie is a declaration of love.
because if you serve someone a really, really good brownie then you have to bake it with all your heart and soul -
put all your love into it and kiss it goodbye when you put it into the oven.
and you really only wanna share it with people you love.
you get all greedy because you dont want to share it with people who dont appreciate you or your little lovecake.
a brownie is comfort. because it smells like sugar and chocolate and cinnamon and makes you forget whatever it is your heart might be suffering from.

this brownie is a tribute, an adieu - a goodbye from my oven to a loved one.
i will look towards heaven & think of you when it melts in my mouth.
really. sometimes a brownie is such a good thing, it makes you cry.
and comforts you. just like that.


using a brownie tin of about 21 x 21 cm

250g butter
250g dark chocolate
6 eggs
380g sugar
2 packets of vanilla sugar (or 2 tbspoons of vanilla extract)
150g flour, siftet
generous pinch of salt
1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

125g ricotta cheese
125g cream cheese
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
1 egg
5 teaspoons of heavy cream
1 tablespoon flour

2-3 small prunes, in slices

preheat the oven to 180 c°, line tin with baking paper.
mix the ingredients for the cheesecake mix together, starting with ricotta, cream cheese, then add sugar, egg, cream & flour. mix until very smooth & set aside.

melt butter & chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and let cool.
in another bowl, mix sugar with eggs & vanilla and beat until it starts to froth - don't overmix, ok? then pour in cooled chocolate & butter, fold in flour & salt & cinnamon.

pour into baking tin, add cheesecake mix with a spoon & make any design you want (swirl a fork through the batter etc), but dont overdo it. then add prune slices on top and press lightly into the batter.

bake for 35-20 minutes until top is a little crispy but the inside still a little moist. no worries, it will get firmer when cooling down.

cool in the tin, then cut into slices, then squares.