Tuesday, September 1, 2009

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

I'm always up for making a brownie - not to mention eating one - and I love cheesecake, and espresso. This was a treat I was sure I'd love.

I read on the TWD P&Q about a few problems that people had had making these, but for some reason, I chose not to listen to them... And I ended up having the same problems... Namely, that the top of the cheesecake/brownie was supposed to have beautiful swirls of cheesecake and brownie batter.

The brownie batter is made first and set aside while the cheesecake is made. Since there is melted butter and chocolate in it, as it cools down it begins to thicken. By the time I was ready to put dollops of brownie batter on top of the the cheesecake batter and begin swirling, mine was so thick that there was no swirling whatsoever. You can see the brownie globs in the photo below. It was not a pretty sight. I popped it in the oven, and figured I'd drizzle some chocolate on it later to pretty it up.

It took 42 minutes to bake in a 9" round pan.

I made a chocolate glaze that I was intending to drizzle on the top, but it was thick and didn't drizzle, so I just slathered it on. For the glaze, I used the recipe from the Chocolate Amaretti Torte that we made with TWD a few months ago.

Chocolate Glaze (a half recipe)
2 oz bittetsweet chocolate finely chopped
2 oz (1/4 cup) cream
1 1/2 teaspoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

Place chopped chocolate in heatproof bowl - pyrex measuring cup works well. Bring cream, sugar and water to a boil. Pour over chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Pour on cheesecake and smooth with spatula.

I didn't think the brownie itself was out of this world, though the cheesecake was amazing. The chocolate glaze was certainly a wonderful addition.

For the cheesecake brownie recipe, please visit Melissa's blog, Life in a Peanut Shell. Thanks to Melissa for hosting this week, and for picking such a fun and yummy recipe!


  1. Looks beautiful- I had the same problem with the swirling, my brownie batter was way too thick!

  2. This is the most gorgeous looking brownie. Wow. I love it. I think I would have loved your version. Great job.

  3. It looks like a perfect slice of chocolate cheesecake. I think that you recovered from any issues very, very nicely!

  4. Globs??!!! what globs??! this looks phenomenal!! And there's NOTHING wrong with brownie globs, I promise.. I came to comment on peach muffins but I've come away with a BIG hankering for cheesecake and/or brownies.. (It's late and I'm reeeeeally tempted by those pictures - so either will do at this point!) xx

  5. Your brownies are beautiful with the chocolate glaze - and very tempting! Great job!

  6. Your cheesecake brownies look absolutely stunning!!!!!

  7. Looks gorgeous! And that was a fabulous idea, to put a glaze on the top. Very tempting!

  8. tha chocolate glaze sounds perfect (looks perfect too)

  9. I love that you baked it in a round pan - it looks more like a rich cheesecake!

  10. oh wow... your "cheesecake brownies" look so wonderful!! i think i might scale it and increase the cheesecake next time, bake in a large springform and use the brownie as the 'crust'


  11. that made an absolutely gorgeous brownie-cheesecake!!

  12. I love that you made this in a ROUND pan! Sometimes I get in the kitchen and just think of what I always make brownies in--square. Yours look great, even without the swirling!

  13. It's always refreshing to hear about both the ups and downs of dealing with a recipe for the first time. By helping others avoid these pitfalls, it gives them a chance at a better first experience, which might lead to more baking in general. In which case, everybody wins. Plus, your finished product looks delicious, even if the visual isn't exactly what you had hoped it would be.

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  14. I love the chocolate over the top, I considered that too. Yours looks So great!


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