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Lavender Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

This cheesecake is one of the most decorative I have ever made. It is so pretty with lavender flowerettes on top. If you serve this to guests, they will sure be impressed.—Peggy Armstrong, Buhl, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers, ground
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lavender buds, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and cooled chocolate mixture. Combine flour and salt; stir into chocolate mixture. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in sour cream, vanilla and lavender just until blended. Pour over brownie crust.
  • 3. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  • 4. Chill for 3-4 hours or overnight. Remove sides of pan. Combine sour cream and sugar; spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Garnish with lavender if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 361 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 143 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.