Tuesday, September 1, 2009
TWD - Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
August has been an unusual month. A missed post, a late post and now a failure. I hope things will get back into routine in September. What I mean is that my husband has been on vacation for the entire month. We were either travelling or he was home and underfoot. Soon - oh please! - he will go back to the office and resume coming home at 5:30 when I will happily greet him with a hot meal and a sweet dessert.
With that introduction, I'm going to blame the failure of this recipe on a busy month. I've been distracted. The last of my loving heart went into last week's most memorable cream pie. I had nothing left to give these brownies. They gave me nothing in return.
I knew things weren't go well when I looked into the bowl and watched my brownie layer turn into a large hard lump. There's be no swirling of this into the cheesecake. And it was bitter. Next time, I'm going back to switching out semi-sweet chocolate for the bittersweet. I forged on.
I hoped the cheesecake would rescue me. It tasted fine. Then I added the espresso. Another layered turned bitter. I despaired.
I handed off the sour cream layer to my sous chef who followed the directions. Maybe if I'd intervened and tasted it before using, I could have added enough sugar to balance all the flavours. But no, I simply spread it on and waited for the pan to chill.
In all fairness, the three flavours definitely matured overnight. But I didn't. All I tasted was bitter, bitter and sour. I separated the layers, tasting each. There were moments when I enjoyed an individual spoonful, but I could never make the whole thing work in my mouth.
Oh, well! Hopefully, I'll get my mojo back in time to make next week's souffle.
Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell thoughtfully chose this recipe. Please check out her blog for the most awesome photo presentation of a brownie!