Tuesday, September 1, 2009

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

After taking a brief hiatus from Tuesdays With Dorie in order to give myself some time to move back to school and get settled for the new year, I was very excited to dive back in with this week's recipe, Espresso Cheesecake Brownies, chosen by Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell.

I was home for a visit for the past few days (a much easier task, now that I'm not dealing with rush hour Toronto traffic), but prior to that, I was slowly unpacking (I'm still not done!) and taking care of things around the house. One of the things on my to-do list was to bake as often as possible. I spoiled my boyfriend (and myself) with peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispies Squares, maple sponge toffee, and, of course, these espresso cheesecake brownies.

Of all of the baked goods I made last week, however, I think these take the prize. Fudgy brownies with swirls of creamy espresso cheesecake, topped by a sour cream glaze. The espresso cheesecake is the dominant flavour, I think, which is a real bonus. It provides all the flavour of cheesecake without having to bother with springform pans and water baths. In the future, I would definitely want to make this in a cake pan, perhaps with a drizzle of chocolate sauce over the sour cream glaze. Or try different flavours of cheesecake, too - caramel cheesecake, perhaps.

Thanks, Melissa, for your pick. It was a huge hit here!


Clivia September 1, 2009 at 9:16:00 AM EDT  

I'm so glad these were a success for you. A great way to welcome the new school year - a plate of sweets!

vibi September 1, 2009 at 9:56:00 AM EDT  

Love the top picture, the lighting, the focus... everything is very nice... especially the brownie! I'm glad you enjoyed them! ...but what not to like in chocolate and coffee, right? lol

Flourchild September 1, 2009 at 11:24:00 AM EDT  

Great brownies! I love your pictures too! I liked the frosting the best!

Cristine September 1, 2009 at 12:59:00 PM EDT  

Your brownies look perfect!

mike September 1, 2009 at 3:19:00 PM EDT  

Kait - weren't these just the best? Love your icing - how it follows the contours of the brownie tops. Nicely done - and glad you are enjoying baking once again with a better and new schedule these days! They look fantastic!

Eliana September 1, 2009 at 3:54:00 PM EDT  

Your brownies look delicious. Great job.

Anonymous September 1, 2009 at 4:16:00 PM EDT  

I'm glad you liked them. They look wonderful!

MaryBeth September 1, 2009 at 9:24:00 PM EDT  

YUMM-O....I like the big gooey topping.

matty September 5, 2009 at 7:03:00 PM EDT  


Tracey September 7, 2009 at 5:19:00 PM EDT  

Glad you enjoyed these cheesecake brownies - yours look yummy! I agree that the cheesecake was definitely the prominent flavor. I found myself wishing for a thicker brownie layer.

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