Espresso Cheesecake Brownies (TWD)

9/1/09


Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell chose Espresso Cheesecake Brownies for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. Her blog is amazing! Wait until you see her cakes. It will make you want to run into your kitchen and create something beautiful of your own.
These were not my favourite brownies. The bottom brownie layer was a bit on the dry side and it didn't have the taste or consistency of an actual brownie ( but please keep in mind that I like my brownies to be extremely fudgy ). My oven has a tendency to over bake thick desserts like bars and brownies when they have more than one layer. I kept this in mind while I made these but my oven decided to throw a hissy fit at the last minute. Needless to say I was disappointed and waited helplessly for the cheese cake layer to finish baking, knowing that the brownie was past it's prime. This recipe has so much potential to be spectacular and I plan on trying it again!

They are easy on the eyes! I love layered desserts for just that reason. The cheesecake layer and the sour cream frosting worked beautifully together. I used mascarpone cheese instead of cream cheese because as usual, I didn't check to see if I had everything I needed before starting. No worries this time though. Mascarpone cheese is the little black dress of the baking world. It goes well with just about anything from fancy desserts to basic bars. And it has a wonderful creamy, smooth texture. The colour is a soft ecru that just makes you want to spread it on everything!

The sour cream frosting was so easy to make and it was incredibly good. I liked how the sour cream broke the sweet edge off the confectioners sugar and made it taste like something more complex than just it's two ingredients. Combined with the rich, subltly sweet cheesecake layer, it took on a life of it's own and you had this pleasent mingling of sweet and soft sour in addition to the wonderful texture of baked cheese.
I can only imagine how a moist brownie would have taken this up to a whole new level of decedance. It really was not too bad with my dry bottom layer so I am really curious to see how it would taste when baked perfectly!
For the recipe, please visit Melissa's site and check out the other TWD bakers!

17 comments:

natalia said...

Ciao ! I had the same problem with the brownie !!! Anyway yours look so beautiful !!!

Valerina said...

Hi Natalia! Thanks, I'm glad to hear that I was not the only baker with this issue. I usually just point the blame at my oven. :p

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Oh my gosh those look awesome!

spike. said...

Those are easy on the eyes!

isa said...

Those look fantastic! Sounds delicious with the mascarpone:))
I agree they are a bit dry. I love fudgey brownies.

Babette said...

I do believe I will make a note in my book: MASCARPONE. What's not to like?

Valerina said...

How To Eat a Cupcake, Thanks! Brownies and bars are so photogenic, No propping up is involved. :)

Spike, Thank you for visiting. I kind of want one now even though I wasn't too crazy about them. :P

Merci Isa. Tant pis pour nous. :>

Babette, My next pet will be named 'Mascarpone'. Thanks for dropping by!

Ash said...

All I can say is..
WHOA!!! Seriously deliciousness!

Sarah said...

Mmm.. Those look wonderful! I forewent the sour cream topping, though looking at your pics makes me wish I hadn't!

Sarah said...

Mmm.. Those look wonderful! I forewent the sour cream topping, though looking at your pics makes me wish I hadn't!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I really like your new profile picture. I'm so envious of all the baked goods you make. I just wish I had the time-- and the waistline that doesn't expand after just one bite. Great job!

Valerina said...

Thank you Ash. :)

Hi Sarah, Anything that has the word sour cream in it makes me want it. All reviews are ignored due to my craving for the stuff. :P
Thanks for visiting!

Debby, Thank you. :) Luckily I have hungry co workers that will eat whatever I bring. Sometimes I feel like the witch from Hansel and Gretel, Trying to fatten up everyone around me. ;P

margot said...

Beautiful photos, the brownies look wonderful! My brownie layer was a bit dry too, I guess this was a hard one to execute with a temperamental oven (mine is also finicky).

Valerina said...

Hi Margot. Our ovens must be related. But at least their sass keeps us on our toes! :) Thanks for visiting!

Jennifer said...

Yours look SO good! Easy on the eyes for sure! Im sorry the brownie was a bit dry, I see other bakers had that issue.. mine werent so much but I made sure not to bake too long.

TeaLady said...

Those look decadent enuff. Great job.

Valerina said...

Jennifer, Thank you. I should know my oven by now. She just likes to throw curve balls at me from time to time. :P

Thanks TeaLady! :)

 

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