TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

It’s been far too long since my last Tuesdays with Dorie post. Truth be told, I think I was extremely disheartened after the disaster that was my attempt at the Coconut-Pineapple Dacquoise. Not that it tasted bad, but I put so much time, energy and money into it, that any disappointment was really too much for me with my stress levels at the level they were at. Now, I’ve cooled off, had a chance to restabilize and ready to put the flour back on my hands!

These Espresso Cheescake brownies combine a dense chocolatey brownie base with a light creamy espresso cheesecake layer. Brownie batter is also swirled through the cheesecake layer to create a lovely marbled pattern.



I ended up loving the marble effect so much that I was loathe to cover it all with the suggested sour cream icing. Still, I wanted to give it an honest try, so I decided to test the icing on a quarter of the brownie. After giving the result a taste I decided that I could forgo topping the rest, and I really don’t think that the brownies have suffered for it.

So how do they taste? I wish I could say that they were jaw droppingly good, but I was a little underwhelmed. The textural difference between the brownie batter and the cheesecake filling was a little disconcerting for me, but the flavours were solid and satisfying. It’s a bit of a shame as the visuals are just so stunning :) In the future though I think I’ll keep my brownies as brownies and my cheesecakes as cheesecake and never again shall the two meet ;)

For this Espresso Cheesecake Brownie Recipe turn to pages 104-5 of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours or visit Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell

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  • Amrita

    I love your website. I also appreciate that you are such a good writer. This was a very cute post.

  • Amrita

    I love your website. I also appreciate that you are such a good writer. This was a very cute post.

  • http://breakfastlunchdinnerandpunch.blogspot.com/ Wizzythestick

    I am glad that you tried this. I saw this on david lebovitz’s blog and they looked good but I hesitated because I thought that too much of a good thing may not necessarily always be a good thing! I am glad that you confirmed it! I remember once trying a cheesecake recipe that combined all of my favourite things, peanut butter, caramel sauce, chocolate, reeses pieces, and oreos I really wanted to like this recipe…I was especially drawn to it by the attractive photo. However after making this dessert I will reconsider having them all at the same time as I suffered from sensory overload. It was just too rich for my liking and the peanut butter flavour overshadowed everything else for me. Interestingly this recipe was rated highly by everyone else on the site.
    .-= Wizzythestick´s last blog ..Nota Bene – Balls! =-.

  • http://breakfastlunchdinnerandpunch.blogspot.com/ Wizzythestick

    I am glad that you tried this. I saw this on david lebovitz’s blog and they looked good but I hesitated because I thought that too much of a good thing may not necessarily always be a good thing! I am glad that you confirmed it! I remember once trying a cheesecake recipe that combined all of my favourite things, peanut butter, caramel sauce, chocolate, reeses pieces, and oreos I really wanted to like this recipe…I was especially drawn to it by the attractive photo. However after making this dessert I will reconsider having them all at the same time as I suffered from sensory overload. It was just too rich for my liking and the peanut butter flavour overshadowed everything else for me. Interestingly this recipe was rated highly by everyone else on the site.
    .-= Wizzythestick´s last blog ..Nota Bene – Balls! =-.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Arita- Thanks! :)

    Wizzythestick – It’s all down to preferences in the end, but like you I prefer moderation and maybe a little more simplicity :) That cheesecake recipe sounds like something I would order a big slice of in a coffee shop and not be able to finish :lol:

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Arita- Thanks! :)

    Wizzythestick – It’s all down to preferences in the end, but like you I prefer moderation and maybe a little more simplicity :) That cheesecake recipe sounds like something I would order a big slice of in a coffee shop and not be able to finish :lol:

  • http://www.kaitsplate.com/ Kaitlin

    I’m sorry these didn’t bowl you over, but kudos to you for taking the plunge again after a disappointing last recipe. I know how challenging that can be!

  • http://www.kaitsplate.com/ Kaitlin

    I’m sorry these didn’t bowl you over, but kudos to you for taking the plunge again after a disappointing last recipe. I know how challenging that can be!

  • http://www.TableFare.com/blog Carol Peterman

    I liked these, but do agree each element can reach greater heights individually. I was taken with the appearance that I forgot to put the topping on, so I’m glad to know you liked them without the topping too.
    .-= Carol Peterman´s last blog ..Chocolate Souffle – Fear Not! =-.

  • http://www.TableFare.com/blog Carol Peterman

    I liked these, but do agree each element can reach greater heights individually. I was taken with the appearance that I forgot to put the topping on, so I’m glad to know you liked them without the topping too.
    .-= Carol Peterman´s last blog ..Chocolate Souffle – Fear Not! =-.

  • http://www.easycakerecipes.net/cheesecake-cookie-cups/ Cheesecake Cups

    i love this recipe it looks delicious! keep up the good work, i love coming here!
    My recent post Cheesecake Cookie Cups

  • http://www.easycakerecipes.net/cheesecake-cookie-cups/ Cheesecake Cups

    i love this recipe it looks delicious! keep up the good work, i love coming here!
    My recent post Cheesecake Cookie Cups

  • Elise

    This recipe sounds delectable! I often entertain guests and am always looking for a really good recipe to serve with coffee after dinner. This sounds perfect. I will definitely be coming back to check your recipes out!

  • Elise

    This recipe sounds delectable! I often entertain guests and am always looking for a really good recipe to serve with coffee after dinner. This sounds perfect. I will definitely be coming back to check your recipes out!

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