Tuesday, September 1, 2009

TWD - Espresso Cheesecake brownie


As you can tell from my very slack posting I have been quite busy lately with family staying, busy at work and other things! So here is a very brief posting on this week’s TWD recipe which was chosen by Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell and is Espresso Cheesecake Brownie. I made these for when I hosted book club at my house last week and they went down a real treat. Once again I must apologise for a rather terrible photo of a really delicious treat – a busy life means hurried photos.

These cheesecake brownie were more cheesecake than brownie – a brownie base with an espresso flavoured cheesecake topping and then a layer of sweetened sour cream on top. I am not a coffee drinker, but the coffee flavour of the cheesecake topping was not so pronounced as to bother a non coffee drinker. I am not sure what the sour cream topping added to be honest. I would have been just as happy without it. My sour cream topping didn’t set all that well – maybe the consistency of sour cream in New Zealand is different to that in the US?

Anyway, the result was that all the girls at book club loved the brownie. I did too - it was simple to make, although it did take a lot of ingredients. But, I would make it again. See if the other TWDers loved it as well here.

14 comments:

Fiona and Michael Brown said...

Hi Tammy
I just checked the list of ingreds in my sour cream and you are spot on. My sour cream in the US has a whole bunch of additives in it - guar gum, gelatin to name a few....they would both affect the 'setting' abilities of it.
:-)

Cakelaw said...

Yoiur brownies look great - so glad you liked them. To make sure thta I resisted temptation, I took them to work and only had half of one - because this is the kind of thing that I could readily eat the whole pan!

pinkstripes said...

Glad they were a hit at book club. I don't think the sour cream was supposed to 'set' all that much.

Heather B said...

Your brownies turned out great! Very tasty looking! My cheesecake portion didn't completely set. A bummer but they were still good!

Engineer Baker said...

I agree - the sour cream topping was just a little odd for me. I skipped it :) Yours look wonderful though!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

the sour cream that i buy in the US doesn't have additives, but i always check the ingredients to make sure i buy a brand that doesn't contain them. that said, when we were in australia, i found sour cream to be very different from what i was used to, and had to buy about 10 different kinds before i found one that was similar! anyway, i'm sure your brownies were a hit with the book club...forget the books, i'd go just for your treats!

Jules Someone said...

Looks delicious. Again, I skipped the topping. I think it's a habit...

Amanda said...

I'm glad yo enjoyed it Tammy! It wasn't my favorite, but I didn't hate it either :-P

Flourchild said...

Im glad you liked them. Life does get crazy busy and it's nice we can have a break to bake!

chocolatechic said...

I like the look with the topping.

I almost wish I had made the topping.

Madam Chow said...

My topping didn't really set, either, and I'm with you - don't know that it added much to the dessert. And I'm thinking maybe I would have liked more brownie than cheesecake!

ostwestwind said...

German sour cream is just soured cream, so I used some gelatin to fix it :-)

Yours look very tasty ...

Ulrike @ K├╝chenlatein

Judy said...

My brownies disappeared before I could put the sour cream topping on. Sounds like we didn't miss anything. Glad you and your friends enjoyed them.

TeaLady said...

My topping didn't set either, but I scraped it off anyway, so didn't matter.

Yours look great.