There’s no doubt about it. There is nothing healthy about these raspberry cheesecake brownies. From the eggs, butter, sugar and chocolate in the brownie to the full fat cream cheese and sugar covered berries in the cheesecake topping… everything about this dessert is decadent, delicious and oh so good!
While I was in Berlin for the New Year, I knew I had to take some time out to meet and bake with Erin of Texanerin Baking. There aren’t many American food bloggers living in Europe and I’ve been looking forward to connecting with Erin since I’ve lived here. Her style of baking is a it different from mine because it focuses on making healthier versions of desserts, snacks and other food yet still maintaining delicious taste and quality!
I met up with Erin at her apartment and was greeted so sweetly by her husband. Erin and her husband live in Berlin while he finishes up his education. Before we got to baking, I had brought a surprise for Erin… a 5lb bag of all-purpose flour! See, Germans don’t use AP flour. They have different versions of white, unbleached flour but none of them are as good as AP flour. Erin had never seen a bag so big before… she was pretty excited to start baking with it!
We had decided to make a Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie together… but make it two ways. Full fat, full sugar and full flavor and then a lightened up, healthier version. We wanted to show that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for healthier choices in baking.
Starting with a the Baked brownie recipe for the base, my recipe used all-purpose flour and granulated sugar. Erin’s version uses whole wheat flour and coconut sugar… two easy ways to lighten up the brownie.
After taste testing both brownies, neither of us could tell a difference. Both brownies were incredibly delicious and oh so addicting. I think Erin mentioned that between her and her husband, most of the brownies were gone the next day! Yeah… so were mine. They were THAT good.
Make sure to visit Erin’s blog Texanerin Baking for her healthier version of these brownies!
A Berlin Giveaway!
As a fun treat for our readers, since Erin and I had such a good time together baking… we’ve put together a prize package of some fun baking related goodies that are exclusive to Berlin! To win all these great prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter widget below.
Contest open to those with a USA mailing address. Contest ends Thursday, Feb. 6th at 11:00pm PST and a winner will be chosen Friday, Feb. 7th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to our email before a new winner will be chosen.
Have you ever heard of the Ampelmann? He’s the character on all the stop lights in East Berlin. He’s pretty famous here. So, we’re giving you a set of Ampelmann cookie cutters!
The Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower are two iconic landmarks in Berlin. Everyone who visits this great city goes to see them. And now, you can enjoy these landmarks in cookie form with the Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower cookie cutters!
Lindt is a Swiss chocolate that I know is sold world-wide. But, I had never seen a Lindt store until I was in Berlin. Nothing but delicious Lindt chocolates and other confections. And when I say other confections, I mean these grinders I scored at the store in Berlin. One is chocolate & sugar and the other is chocolate & espresso. Can you imagine the possibilities for these? Recently, I used the espresso grinder on top of espresso truffles. So good. You’ll get one of each!
Ritter Sport is a 100 year old chocolate company based out of Germany. Ritter recently opened a store in Berlin where you can have a bar of chocolate handmade for you with your favorite mix-ins. You will get two hand made bars from the Ritter store with the following mix-ins: Milk Chocolate, Biscuit Bits & Mini Marshmallows AND Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Pieces & Hazlenut. So yum!
Finally, Viba is a German company that makes nougat bars that, according to Erin, everyone she knows in the USA is always asking for her to send them! So, You’ll get 4 Praline dark nougat Bars and a 3-pack of Classic nougat Bars!