I was given the opportunity to drive around the new 2012 Kia Sorento. I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it due to the size of our family. We currently have a 7 seater mini van and I did not think I could like any kind of smaller crossover-type car.
Oh was I wrong!
First of all, I was in heaven when I sat down into heated leather seats! And if you know Chicago weather, you can understand why I LOVED this feature! I also loved the dual climate control for the driver side and passenger side. I have this feature in my mini van, but I never liked it. My hubby puts his side on cold and mine is always toasty… but for some reason I still get the coolness on my side when in our minivan. With the Kia Sorento, I did not notice this issue. It was a very nice change!
Both my husband and I also loved the navigation system. Very convenient. We have a Tom Tom but I really liked having the navigator built in and just in front of me and the features were great. Also, loved having our iPods and iPhones synced in too! Not to mention it is all touch screen! Mike liked the touch screen radio the best.
It was great having the Kia Sorento, we didn’t want to give it back! We fit our whole family with no issues and it was even super simple to hook up Gracie’s car seat.
When I thought of a recipe that could represent the Kia, I had to think ‘good for the family’ and also ‘sleek and innovative’. ‘Elaborate but effortless’. What I found was this:
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
INGREDIENTS for Brownie:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp red food coloring
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
- In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir until combined and very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Add flour and salt and stir until just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.
- Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
- To prepare cheesecake mixture, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until smooth. Distribute the cheesecake mixture in 8 dollops over batter in the pan. Swirl in with a knife or spatula.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned.
- Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack before lifting out the parchment paper to remove the brownies.
And here is my finished product… over cooked by about 4 minutes, but so so so good! And fancy too, just like the Kia Sorento!
My family loved these Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies almost as much as the loved our Kia.
This recipe was effortless, even though it looks so elaborate… reminds me of the Kia Sorento!
Give it a shot, your family will LOVE it!