Baking is something I have enjoyed since I was a young girl. The satisfaction of beginning with several mundane ingredients and finishing with a work of art that is not only tantalizing but wholly indulgent just speaks to my soul. I take pride in doing things 'by hand' and from scratch, whether it's sifting my flour or giving batter 200 stirs. Even in Momma's kitchen, making boxed brownies (the kind that was favored for a 'just ad water' recipe which enabled gratuitous spoon licking,) I would patiently mix the lumps and bubbles out of our batter until it was perfectly smooth. And, as I shoved an always crumbly, misshapen, square of brownie in my father face, as he arrived home, I would beam with pride, declaring, "I made these!"
Next you are allowed more artistic creativity as you drag a butter knife through the red and white batters to create a romantic marble pattern that will sit atop your bars. Bake your pan for about 30 minutes at 350F, or until the outer edges begin to separate and brown. If the center of your cheesecake bars begins to crack or ripple you have cooked it a little too long and should remove the pan from the oven immediately. Allow cheesecake bars to cool entirely before cutting; use a stainless steel cookie cutter to cut shapes if desired.
This dessert not only turns out satisfying to behold, but is equally indulgent in taste with a rich later of cheesecake atop; a small wedge is more than enough!
What Daughter Says: I enjoy baking more than eating that which I bake!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
***Click here for printable Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars RecipeIngredients:
3 C Flour
2 1/4 C Granulated Sugar
3 TBS Cocoa Powder
1 TSP Salt
1/2 TSP Baking Powder
3 Large Eggs
1 C Vegetable Oil
4 TBS Milk, Divided
1 TBS Vanilla Extract
2 TSP White Vinegar
1 TBS (12-15 Drops) Red Food Coloring
16 OZ Cream Cheese, Softened
3/4 C Granulated Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 TSP Vanilla
Preheat Oven to 350F
1. Grease a springform pan and dust with flour.
2. I a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, 2 TBS milk, vanilla extract, red food coloring, and white vinegar.
3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients until completely combined. The batter will be very thick, almost like a malleable dough. Remove 3/4 C of the batter and place it in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining 2 TBS milk to the 3/4 batter and set aside.
4. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared springform pan, gently pressing out towards the sides with a spatula.
5. In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy (about 2 MINS.) Add eggs and vanilla extract, beating until combined and there are no lumps. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the red velvet batter and smooth until it reaches the edges.
6. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining red velvet batter evenly across the cheesecake layer. Drag a butter knife in criss-cross motions across the top to create swirls.
7. Bake for 30 MINS at 350F, rotating halfway through. Bake until the center is set (no longer jiggles) and the sides begin to separate from the pan/brown. Cool entirely before cutting.