Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 38 and Recipe #55

I have had a crappy week. My current science unit at school is sucking the life out of me. I have had no social life. I am trying not to make passive-aggressive comments about people in my life who are irritating the snot out of me. And on top of that, I miss my fiance more than he will ever know. With that being said, I needed to bake. So I did. And that's really all the explaining I need to make for this post.

A quick play-by-play of where I am goal wise:

Starting weight- 146.6 pounds
Current weight- 134.4 pounds
Total weight loss since 12/29/2011- 12.2 pounds
Weight loss left- 4.4 pounds (until goal #2)

My Super Bowl Sunday/Valentine's Day treat:

#55: Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies (as found on


Red Velvet Layer:
3 1/4 cups flour
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons milk
Cheesecake Layer:
2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 18 jelly roll pan with butter or spray with Baker's Joy. (I didn't have a jelly roll pan that large; I did, however, have a 10 X 15, which I used with this particular recipe, and it turned out just fine. I did have to adjust the baking time, which I'll get to later. Promise. I also made sure to not only cover the pan with foil, but coat the foil with cooking spray as well. I am NOT taking my chances.)
2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, red food coloring, and white vinegar. (My mom saw me pouring the vinegar into the batter and was slightly turned off by it. I don't blame her- vinegar should only be used in dressings and dyeing Easter eggs.)
3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients, until completely combined. The batter will be a really thick, almost moldable texture...but don't worry, that's what you want. (P.S.- we're talking super thick, like, Play-Doh thick. The batter kept clogging the mixer up, so after scrapping the dough off of it for the third time, I used my hands to knead all of the wet and dry ingredients together. Worked like a charm.)
4. Remove 3/4 cup of the batter and place it in a medium bowl. Whisk in the 2 tablespoons of milk (into the 3/4 cup of batter you just took out). Set aside the 3/4 cup batter.
5. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared jelly roll pan. Using a spatula, smooth out the batter to reach all the edges.
6. Now, in your stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined and there are no lumps. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the red velvet layer and smooth mixture till it reaches all the edges.
7. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining red velvet batter (that you mixed with milk) onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Drag the tip of a knife through the red velvet and the cheesecake layers to create swirls.
8. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating half way through, or just until the center is set and it no longer jiggles. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Use a medium sized heart cookie cutter to create the perfect Valentine's Day treat! (I ended up leaving mine in for a total of 45 minutes, because I am always afraid of killing someone off with undercooked cheesecake. On top of that, I was lazy, and didn't feel like using a cookie cutter, so I just cut bars. I think ended up getting 24 out of the pan. Perfect!)
These are good- soft, cheese-cakey, and rich. And yes, I allowed myself two, because DANGIT, I had a bad week and I've met my FIRST weight loss goal. Be forewarned though- yesterday morning, prior to baking, I was 133.4... I gained a pound in a day, and I am blaming these bars.
Here is a picture of the bars from the blog, because my pictures didn't do it justice...

And here are gratuitous shots of my wedding dress... because people wanted to see it... and I want to run around the house in it. And Stephen helped me pick it out, so don't stress about that tradition of the groom accidentally running into these pictures. When am I ever traditional?


  1. I'm freaking out at your dress a little bit. I can't believer how GORGEOUS you are!!! And your amazing weight loss! Um, can you please be my sister? BEAUTIFUL!!! Wow.

    And your cheesecakes look pretty amzing too. Something I might try out for Vday.:)

  2. OF COURSE I will be your sister!! ... just give me five or so months... :D