TWD #83: Orange you glad you stopped by?
Forgive my corny attempt at a foodie joke.
You probably won’t even get it until you scroll down. Actually you’re probably totally confused since this week the Tuesday with Dorie bakers are whisking up some ESPRESSO Cheesecake Brownies chosen by Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell (you can find the complete recipe on her blog).
So you’re probably asking yourself what “orange” has to do with anything right?
Go ahead scroll down. Keep scrolling. I’ll wait…
Get my joke now? See! It’s not that corny. Ok maybe it’s still corny. Gimme a break. I haven’t had my kit kat bar today. I’m on a roll! Wheeeeee!
I promise I’m not drunk. Hey! Why are you giving me that look? I think I start telling lame jokes when I have blogger’s block. But honestly this recipe doesn’t need much hype from me. I knew even before I made it that they would be delicious. I mean. It’s brownies AND cheesecake. What’s not to love? That’s why I doubled the recipe. I have good instincts about desserts. Don’t mess with me.
What I learned this week:
I use to be a straight-by-the-recipe kind of baker but I had so much fun with this recipe coming up with a slightly different flavor for a dessert that fit my tastes. I admit it kinda sucks when you try things and they fail but when it turns out even better than you thought… it’s worth playing around!
Espresso Orange Cheesecake Brownies
Recipe adapted from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan
To make brownie:
I used 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 bittersweet chocolate instead of all bittersweet.
To make orange cheesecake:
I may have overfilled the tsp and use more vanilla than recipe called for but you have no proof. *looking innocent*
The original recipe is suppose to be espresso cheesecake but I’m not a big coffee person (much to the dismay of my husband aka Mr. Vente Starbucks Mocha no whip) so I decided to leave out the espresso and sub zest of 1 orange, juice of one orange and 1/2 tsp orange extract to make an Orange Cheesecake instead! I love chocolate+orange flavors!
I love the layers!
I doubled the recipe and baked in a 13×9 glass pyrex for about 45 minutes. The center wasn’t completely done so I probably could have gone for 50 minutes but I was worried the brownie layer would overbake. I’ll take slightly underbaked cheesecake vs overbaked brownies. Ya feel me?
I skipped the sour cream topping, cut them up, saran wrapped and froze these bad boys!
Husband rating: B+ (for the cheesecake) / A- (for the brownie)
He liked the the brownie layer but it wasn’t his favorite brownie recipe b/c he tends to like his brownies more gooey vs cakey. Sadly I could tell he wasn’t a fan of the orange cheesecake since he’s a cheesecake purist. He’s LOVES the basic cheesecake recipe though.
Wifey rating: A (for the cheesecake) / B (for brownie)
I thought the orange cheesecake was SO yummy but I ditto hubs about the brownie. It had a cakey less gooey and chewy texture. I prefer gooey and chewy.
Other rating: A/A+
I made the cheesecake brownies for Hubs’ work meeting today.
I’ll let you know what they say tomorrow! Hubs reports that there were RAVES all around! Many requested the recipe. Some mentioned that they thought Hubs had bought them at the store since they were pre-cut, wrapped and delicious! What a great compliment!
Next week: Chocolate Souffle page 406