Espresso Cheesecake Brownies - Tuesdays with Dorie

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Espresso Cheesecake Brownies - Food Librarian
For this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection, Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell chose Espresso Cheesecake Brownies, page 104 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.

I baked this week's entry early this morning before my first (and hopefully only) day of jury duty. It has been too hot in Los Angeles to cook any other time. I am now starting this post using my iPod Touch and free WiFi at the do you iPhone people manage this keyboard?! My finger is cramping, I keep hitting the wrong letters, and oh my gosh, I'm getting motion sick seeing those letters pop out at me. (I have an LG Envy phone and it has a "raised" touchable QWERTY keyboard that I can use without looking. Um, I need to be schooled by my iPhone peeps or eventually forget getting the iPhone and pick up the Blackberry.)

Espresso Cheesecake Brownies - Food Librarian
Swirl the brownie batter with the espresso cheesecake batter before baking

Espresso Cheesecake Brownies - Food Librarian
I skipped the sour cream topping and don't really have a review because I can't eat them...dairy is pretty much a foe of mine now. I'm crazy not happy about that. Sadly, I now chew (to check if I accidentally used salt instead of sugar and to check the texture) and then I spit it out. Sigh. However, the flavors I did get were pretty tasty!! :)

Espresso Cheesecake Brownies - Food Librarian
...Back home now for lunch, shoot some photos and post this entry (using a real computer keyboard! :) I am crossing my fingers I don't get picked during the second session of jury duty. They haven't called anyone yet and there are over 100 of us reading, surfing the net, and dozing off. Los Angeles County uses a one trial or one day if I can just make it to 5 pm...

Espresso Cheesecake Brownies - Food Librarian
Be sure to check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers!

Melissa's Life in a Peanut Shell blog post has the recipe
Dorie's awesome book, Baking: From My Home to Yours (just buy it, you'll love it), page 104.
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chocolatechic said... [Reply to comment]

Oh...your swirls are spectacular.

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownie bites looks absolutely perfect. I love them.

Beth said... [Reply to comment]

You really do get used to typing on an iPhone after a while--somehow you learn to ignore the pop out letters and trust the word recognition software! My iPhone is actually my little baker's assistant--I use it to look up recipes!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownies look perfect - you have great swirling skills. :) I'm sorry you couldn't try any! I only had a tiny bite myself before sending the rest of them away and I'm still hitting myself for not keeping one!

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

WOW, you sure know how to swirl! :)

That is an impressive batch of swirled brownie bliss.

I have an iPhone and I agree with you on the keyboard feature. Very hard to type,; especially when one has long nails!

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely gorgeous! You can swirl like no one else!
Too bad you didn't get to eat one. That darn dairy.
Hope your jury duty is over and gets over quick!

Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know you're surviving without dairy! The cheesecake brownie looks amazing.. those swirls are beyond pretty! :)

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I have some serious swirl envy. Good luck with the rest of jury duty!

spike. said... [Reply to comment]

it takes a little time to get used to the iphone keyboard but once you do- you'll be crusin'! They look delish- sorry you couldn't partake.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Your swirls look great! Good luck with the jury duty thing.

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

May you only have a short trial if you are unlucky and get picked...I think the Michael Jackson's Doctor civil thing won't be coming on the docket for a year or so :)...I think that one will be OJ-esque in length!

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

oh my gosh--your swirls are gorgeous! i am so sorry for your dairy intolerance...i cry for you.

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

oh those swirls are beautiful!

Romaine of said... [Reply to comment]

You outdid yourself with those swirls. Makes the bars look more than delicious!

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

Those are the most spectacular I've seen all day! Bravo, Mary!

Madam Chow said... [Reply to comment]

Those brownies look gorgeous. And I want you to know that I finally had a chance to make the classic banana bundt cake that you picked for TWD, and it was a tremendous hit. Tremendous!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous marbling!

Patsyk said... [Reply to comment]

My hubby has the iPhone and I can't stand the keyboard. I feel for you on that one!

the brownies came out so perfect, they don't even look like they need the sour cream topping!

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

I'm hopelessly attached to my blackberry because of the keyboard. Soon, peer pressure will get the best of me, and i'll cave in and get an iPhone.

I thought your going dairy free was a temporary thing? --- yikes!
Well then, send these beautiful brownies my way -- I'd be happy to take them off your hands! :)

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownies are STUNNING! Hope you made it to 5 pm and are home free!

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

oh, my, what gorgeous swirling! Just perfect! (do you give lessons?) :)
hope you were sprung!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]


I bet if there were a picture in Dorie's book this is exactly what it would look like. Absolutely spectacular!

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

I've only been called to jury duty one time and I didn't even go because when I checked the night before the message they weren't calling my number.

That really stinks that you can't have dairy.

Jules Someone said... [Reply to comment]

That's what swirls are supposed to look like! I'm lousy at my iPhone.

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

You are totally making me wish for my Envy phone. I gave it up for the Iphone - and while the Iphone has some great features, I was a speed texter on the Envy.

Why, oh why did I give it up?

Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} said... [Reply to comment]

These are absolutely gorgeous brownies! Your swirls and cuts are picture-perfect. They could be on the cover of a magazine! Plus they sound delicious - need to make them soon!

Jodie said... [Reply to comment]

Good call on leaving off the sour cream. It was too much. Yours looks perfect!

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

Forget the iphone! Get the blackberry. So much easier to type on. Glad you are done with jury duty. Baking late night/early morning is the only way to do it these days. Bring back the June Gloom!

Judy said... [Reply to comment]

Fantastic swirls! The brownies turned out great.

So, did you escape?

Tammy said... [Reply to comment]

oh, I have swirl envy! your brownies look absolutely delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Tell Judge Ito I said, 'sup.
Next post: Everything you've chewed and spit out.

mike said... [Reply to comment]

Swirl Queen - what's your secret? Did you thin out the brownie batter??? Those are spectacular! Perfection - and trust me, they are worth all that swirling! Nicely done this week!!!

Hilary said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! TWD seems to be on a brownie kick. Hope you make it through the day - I live in fear of jury duty.

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

You did an amazing job- quite possibly the most perfect square! Yours swirling is great!! Im sorry you couldnt enjoy because of the dairy.

grace said... [Reply to comment]

chew and spit? what a tragedy! regardless, your batch appears much more moist than the others i've seen, not to mention the fact that perfect swirls are involved. bravo. :)

Teanna said... [Reply to comment]

Oh good luck! I hope you don't get selected! My friend just got selected to be on a grand jury and he has to do it FOR A MONTH! Your swirls are amazing... but you know what is also amazing? The iPhone. Puts the blackberry to shame (besides the whole "emails take a bit longer to come through" thing). You'll get used to the keyboard ... the t9 is amazing and does great word completion for you... except when you want to use a curse word or two! The apps are amazing, the phone is great, trust me, you'll never look back.

ostwestwind said... [Reply to comment]

A perfect swirling, I had to cover mine with topping :-)

Ulrike @ K├╝chenlatein

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I agree with everyone else. You should teach a master class on swirling. Mine were more like blobs and glops, though they tasted nice!

Jeannette said... [Reply to comment]

oh my!!! how beautiful! awesome looking brownies!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

My mom makes a similar brownie but without the espresso. They are divine. Yours look amazing. Again, you make me drool all over the keyboard. xoxo, Your fan in D.C., Racheal

Soy*Baby said... [Reply to comment]

Your swirls are amazing it looks like art. Your brownies are gorgeous. Hope you got out of jury duty. Yuck.

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

They are so perfect!

Babette said... [Reply to comment]

The awesomest swirls! (I can make that word up,right?)

Cucinista said... [Reply to comment]

What great photos -- the brownie swirls look so picturesque. I want some now!

Welcome to our crazy blessed life said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful swirlys! :) Hope you got to go home!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that is by far the most successful swirling I've seen yet!

Irina @ PastryPal said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownie swirl looks like a musical symphony. I can almost hear it calling out to me. At least you can think up more desserts to make while you sit around the courthouse.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

It is so pretty. This cheesecake loks incredible- so sorry you caouldn't have more.

diva said... [Reply to comment]

that is a beautiful brownie!! would love a slice please :) gorgeous swirls too.

isa said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownies are awesome and your swirls are absolutely perfect!

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

I'm on pins and needles wondering if you got jury duty or not! Knock wood I've been lucky enough to just show up for the day and never get called...twice...I think I just doomed myself for next year. :) But back to business: your swirls are amazing, some of the prettiest I've seen! Sorry you're not able to enjoy them yourself :(

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... [Reply to comment]

Those Brownies look so beautiful with their pretty swirls! A scrumptious treat!



Parita said... [Reply to comment]

Love the swirls!

Deeba PAB said... [Reply to comment]

These need a standing ovation! Never seen such perfect & gorgeous swirl brownies ever! Espresso makes them even more special. WOW!!

Jo said... [Reply to comment]

What better than espresso in a cheesecake and in a brownie! Truly awesome combination. I love the swirls on your brownie top.

Sam@BingeNYC said... [Reply to comment]

How did you get those swirls to be so perfectly swirly?! Gorgeous. I can sympathize with your dairy issues...though I usually blindly ignore my own dairy limitations and accept the dire consequences haha.

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

This is gorgeous and I think I can taste them through the screen.

I want to make them so badly but I'm there with you on dairy being a foe - breastfeeding an infant who's allergic to it.

So I'll just stare at them. :)

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

What a gorgeous swirl!! These look so good and creamy yum. Too bad you can't eat them. :( Hope you don't get jury duty!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Check out those swirls! Lovely brownies. I have an iPod Touch with wireless internet (the cheapo's iPhone) and have accidentally rejected several blog comments due to the keyboard - still practicing!

TeaLady said... [Reply to comment]

Those look amazing!!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownies are the most gorgeous of all the espresso cheesecake brownies I've seen yet! How in the world do you get such amazing lighting for your photos? They are perfection each and every time. Color me jealous :) Bummer that you couldn't eat any brownies but glad you at least got to taste them.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Those look absolutely amazing.

April said... [Reply to comment]

Those are completely gorgeous!

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