Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sweet Melissa Sundays - Black Bottom Brownies
I've said it before: I love chocolate and I love cheesecake, but I don't love chocolate cheesecake. Would this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe, Black Bottom Brownies, change that?
Fortunately, my copy of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book arrived this week so I wasn't squinting at the recipe preview on Amazon (and many thanks to my fellow SMS bakers Raeann and Hanaâ who offered to send me the recipe if the cookbook hadn't arrived). The recipe starts with a deep, dark brownie layer, with a thick and creamy cheesecake layer smoothed over it. Then came the part that left me scratching my head...scatter 2 cups of chocolate chips over the top of the cheesecake. It was probably done 5-10 minutes before I realized it and yanked it out of the oven, so mine had a little more color than I would have liked. After cooling, it went off to the fridge before cutting.
While this didn't change my mind about the chocolate/cheesecake combination, it was very popular at work. If I were to make it again, I'd make some changes, like shifting the chocolate chips to the brownie layer and maybe flavoring the cheesecake with espresso or extra vanilla.
Many thanks to Cynthia of Bakingtherapist's Blog for hosting this week. If you'd like the recipe, visit Cynthia or better yet, buy the book. It has dozens of sweet and delightful recipes like this one.