Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

I have hardly anything to write about anymore. My life consisting as it does, of 9 hours in a library every single day. I made these brownies for a friend's party. A party I didn't even have the energy to go to! But it's not all bad, and I'm making it seem worse than it is. In all honesty I kind of enjoy all of this studying. (Right, I say that now!) But I just don't have all that much leftover. So maybe today we'll forgo the write up, and I'll just tell you that these were good. That R liked them, that the girls I study with at school liked them, and that they were gone in 2 days. You can't freeze them, as was my first inclination, because of the sour cream topping. So if you make them, your only option really is to eat them. A pretty simple decision.

Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
From Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours

For the brownies:

1/2 cup ap flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 F, with a rack in the center. Butter a 9" square baking pan placed on a baking sheet and set aside.

To make the brownies:

Whisk together the first three ingredients. Put the butter and chocolate over a double boiler with water simmering. Stir until the ingredients melt, but don't overheat so that the butter separates. Remove the top of the double boiler and set aside.

Stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture with a whisk, then add the eggs one at a time. Beat well after each egg, then beat in the vanilla. Next, gently stir in the dry ingredients until they disappear. Set aside.

For the cheesecake:

1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon ap flour

Allow the espresso to cool to tepid. With a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the cream cheese on medium until it's completely smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat for 3 minutes more. Beat in the vanilla and espresso before adding the eggs one at a time. Beat for 1 minute after each egg, then reduce the speed to low and add the sour cream, then the flour. The batter should be smooth.

Pour about 3/4 of the brownie mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth it out, then pour the cheesecake layer over the top, taking care to make it even. Place spoonfuls of the rest of the brownie batter on top, and use a knife to swirl the dark and light batters together. Be careful, however, not to plunge the knife into the base brownie layer. Swirl only as much as necessary.

Bake for around 30 minutes. The brownies should come away from the sides of the pan. The cheesecake will puff and turn lightly browned around the edges. Transfer the pan to a wrack to cool. Once it reaches room temperature, refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until well chilled.

For the topping:

1 1/4 cups sour cream
1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Warm the sour cream and sugar in a small saucepan over very low heat. You need to stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the chilled brownies, then return them to the refrigerator and chill for at least another hour. Cut the brownies into squares and serve.


Snooky doodle said…
ooh that espresso topping must be awesome! delicious!
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Yummy! These look wonderful. Don't stress too much with your workload! I hope you get some rest!
Chrissy said…
Engineer Baker said…
Perfect! I can't wait to make these - they've been on my to-bake list, and look absolutely delicious!
Farmgirl Susan said…
Oh, these look so good! In a dangerous - but totally worth it even if you do have to gobble up the entire pan because they don't freeze - kind of way. : )
Bordeaux said…
Sounds great, I can understand how they were enjoyed by all, especially with the sour cream frosting on top. Good luck with the studies!

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