I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with brownies. Specifically, warm brownies with an ice-cold glass of milk, and brownies swirled in with my ice cream. They’re a great pick-me-up after a bad day, a delicious snack, and a party dish that will make you the favored guest or host. They even make a great breakfast if you’re into that sort of thing, because I am.
This past weekend, I went out to Long Island with a friend with big plans of kayaking, horseback riding, wine tastings, and nights spent around a fire pit. Instead, mother nature treated us to days of cold and wet weather. After making a brownie batter, I decided I wanted to add something a little tart. I whipped up a basic cheesecake base and added dollops of it to the brownie mix and put it in the oven. As the warm smells of chocolate and cheese filled the kitchen and I began to dry off, I felt better about the rainy day.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Melt butter and chocolate over a double boiler on the stove or gently in the microwave. Transfer to a larger mixing bowl and stir in sugar, and then gradually the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. In two additions stir in the flour, mixing well. Pour into a greased pan.
In a mixer, whip together all ingredients for cheesecake, mixing until smooth. Make sure there are no lumps. With a spoon, dole out cheesecake batter on top of the poured brownie mix.
With a knife or toothpick, swirl the batters vertically and horizontally, creating a pattern. Bake in an oven at 350º for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.
Cut into whatever sized pieces you desire and enjoy!
These are definitely my favorite pick-me-up and they’re a great last-minute treat! They also travel well, so they’re an ideal picnic dessert.
When it’s raining out or your stuck indoors, what dish do you crave the most? It is savory or sweet?