Brownie Cheesecake Filled With Watermelon, Strawberries, And Pocky Sticks
Watermelon in a cheesecake? Are we crazy, you ask? Well, maybe a little... but that doesn't stop this unconventional cheesecake from being as delicious as it is! With half a watermelon, tons of fresh strawberries, chocolate Pocky sticks, and a beautiful brownie base, this is one cheesecake you've got to try. We guarantee you'll want to make it again and again!
For the brownies:
- 6 eggs
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 sticks butter, melted
- 1 cup flour
- 1¼ cups cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
For the cheesecake cream:
- 2 cups cream cheese
- zest of 1 lime
- 1 vanilla bean
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 6-8 tsp unflavored gelatin powder (optional)
- 1 small watermelon, cut in half & rind removed
- 2 lbs strawberries
- Pocky sticks
- 1 cup strawberry sauce (or puréed strawberries)
- strawberries, mint leaves & grated chocolate to decorate
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the first 6 ingredients for the brownie batter ingredients together, then sieve in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder and mix again. Pour the batter into a greased springform pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until the brownie holds its shape, but is still soft. Let cool, remove from the pan onto a serving dish, and place one watermelon half in the middle of the brownie.
2. Using the Pocky sticks, stick strawberries into the watermelon until the entire surface is covered.
3. Mix together the ingredients for the cheesecake cream. Cover the strawberries with the strawberry sauce and then flip the bowl of cheesecake cream over the strawberries and slowly press until they are completely covered. Leave the entire thing in the fridge for 4 hours to set.
4. After 4 hours, carefully remove the bowl. If it doesn't come off easily, wait a few minutes and try again – it sometimes needs to warm up a bit to come off. Decorate the fruity, creamy brownie cheesecake with more strawberries, mint leaves, and grated chocolate, and your chilled treat is ready to eat!
That's one crazy cheesecake, right? Though it's different than the classic New York style, it's still as cream-cheesy as ever, but with the great addition of fresh fruit. Feel free to add as much fruit as you want to the mix – we bet blueberries and kiwi would fit right in at this fruit party!
Get the recipe for the Watermelon Dome Cake featured in the bonus video.