Toasted Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies


Decadent, dark chocolate brownie beneath a rich, creamy cheesecake

Last weekend snow descended on the UK. After one of the mildest winters on record, including un unseasonally warm Christmas Day, weโ€™re finally being reminded what it feels like to be cold. As is always the case in a country where weโ€™re as unprepared for annual snowfall as we are surprised by the heatwaves that regularly occur in the summer, lots of things ground to a halt; thousands of flights were canceled, trains came out of service, motorways slowed to a standstill.

While snow always brings a certain element of chaos, it also adds a sense of peace and tranquility. The world is a different place under its blanket of snow; smells are crisper, scenes softer and sounds swallowed by the heavy sky and thickly carpeted ground. In London the snow never lasts very long โ€“ delicate flakes of ice are little match for the combination of traffic, heat and hundreds of thousands of feet pounding the pavements โ€“ but for a few hours at least, the road outside our flat stayed covered in a pure, snowy blanket. Continue reading