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Put a smile on everyone's faces with these delicious Christmas tree cheesecake brownie bakes. The kids can get involved and help decorate using dark chocolate and festive rainbow sprinkles, too. See method
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Heat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Line a rectangular baking tin (33 x 23cm) with baking paper. Melt the butter and chocolate in a heavy based saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and glossy. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 5 mins.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla with an electric whisk until well combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and salt.
Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mix and whisk until combined. Fold in the flour until just combined, then pour into the prepared tin. Set aside.
Clean the electric whisk, then use to beat the cream cheese, sugar, salt and orange zest until light and fluffy (about 5 mins). Add the eggs, 2 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
Gently pour the cheesecake mixture over the brownie layer, then transfer to the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 1 hr or until lightly golden. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack, then chill for 4 hours (or overnight if you have time.)
Using a large, sharp knife, cut the cheesecake brownies in half along the length of the tray. Cut each long rectangle into 10 alternating triangles to make 20 triangles in total.
Spoon the melted chocolate into a small piping bag or sandwich bag and cut a small hole at the end. Starting at the top of the triangle, drizzle in a zigzag pattern, overlapping the edges slightly to look like a Christmas light string. Scatter each brownie with sprinkles before the chocolate sets to look like lights/baubles. Store the brownies in the fridge in a single layer, in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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Freeze in a single layer in an airtight container. Can be frozen for up to one month. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.
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