Baking is something you will not find me doing very often. I usually only bake around the holidays or whenever the mood strikes.
Yesterday the mood struck.
My 11 month old willingly went down for a nap, and this never happens, and I should have used her naptime to sneak in a little shut eye myself. After all I had only seen 12 hours of sleep in the period of 120 hours. Rather I flocked to the kitchen, pulled out my Nannie's heirloom binder full of handwritten recipes and got to work recreating a variety of family favourites, brownies being one of them.
I took my Nannie's Brownie recipe and added another flavourful element... Cheesecake. I ribboned cheesecake filling throughout the brownie batter creating a delectable dessert that leaves you saying "OM" over and over again. Seriously, this recipe is like sex in a pan. Although I'm sure sex out of the pan is still better.
4oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp flour
1tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shortening
6 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place the cream cheese in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until softened. Add sour cream, sugar, flour and vanilla. Cream. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, blend shortening with cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Gradually add eggs and sugar. Cream well. Sift in remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
Grease an 8x8 baking dish. Add 1/2 of the brownie batter to the bottom of the dish. Press brownie batter to fill out the bottom of the dish. Top with cheesecake filling and smooth over batter.Microwave remaining batter for 20 seconds and pour over cheesecake filling. Smooth out the batter and use a knife to swirl cheesecake filling into the brownie batter.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The brownies may appear a little wet when the dish initially comes out of the oven, but they'll set as they cool.
One can never have too much chocolate. Pair these brownies with a hot cup of peanut butter cup hot chocolate.