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If you’re here for some chocolate brownies and espresso cheesecake, kick back and set a spell. This week, Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell chose Espresso Cheesecake Brownies, pages 104 and 105 of Baking: From My Home to Yours. A dense brownie layer, covered with espresso cheesecake and the whole thing topped with a sour cream frosting. This sounded amazing, but it definitely ended up with mixed reviews.
I tweaked the recipe in two ways; one was successful and the other was not. First, I added walnuts to the brownie layer, a must at my house. I know there are nut haters out there, but they do not reside at Chez Chow. That adaptation was a success. Next, I used semisweet chocolate instead of bittersweet for the brownies, and that did NOT work – just too sweet with the cheesecake layer, even though I cut back on the sugar to account for the adaptation. And I didn’t much care for the sour cream topping.
All that being said, I think I would make this recipe again for company, with bittersweet chocolate, as written, but still keep the walnuts. It would make for a very elegant little dessert with some espresso coffee.
And if you’re wondering what the Classic Banana Bundt Cake, chosen by the Food Librarian (you can find the original recipe there) a few weeks ago, is doing here, I finally had a chance to make it between all my flying about. I mean, considering the rave reviews it received, how could I NOT make it? Plus the fact that I am a bundt cake/pan fanatic who looks for every opportunity to make one. Following Caitlin’s lead, I substituted rice bran oil for the TWO STICKS OF BUTTER in the original recipe. And I nixed the icing because I thought it wouldn’t be needed. The result? . . . .
DING! DING! DING! We have another Dorie winner! My husband LOVED this cake. In his words, “this is what banana bread is supposed to taste like, but never does.” Really, what better compliment is there? My adaptations to the Classic Banana Bundt Cake recipe after the jump. And be sure to check out the TWD blogroll to see what results other bakers achieved with the brownies.
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