OK. Let’s break this one down:
- Coffee: while I don’t care for coffee in it’s common form (usually found in ubiquitous Starbucks paper cup), I love it is as dessert. If you haven’t had a coffee ice cream malt with hot fudge, you have been denied one of life’s true pleasures. I did go on a brief frappuccino binge in the late 90s but it wasn’t pretty. Picture Hammy from Over the Hedge and you’re close.
- Cheesecake: just yum. Yum yum yum. Did I make myself clear? Yum.
- Brownies: who doesn’t like brownies? There are people out there who don’t bake them. Fine. There are people out there who don’t crave them. Fine, too. But do you know anyone who just won’t eat one? Ever? I don’t. Even the non-chocolate loving types will throw one down every now and then. They are, and this is no exaggeration, one of our greatest national achievements.
too pretty to top
- Sour cream: I can tolerate it in baked goods but don’t like it otherwise. So, I didn’t have any. So, there wasn’t any in my version.
- Sum total: This is where it gets tricky. The parts (mostly) are divine…together…not so much. Sometimes the sum of the parts just doesn’t meet its potential. See Ishtar; see also the NY Yankees of late. Don’t get me wrong. The brownies were good and I gladly ate one but I don’t think I would make them again. In fact, I can’t recall ever having a cheesecake brownie that I thought was better than the sum of its parts (and oh how I have sampled). For me, the brownie always suffers. I think an espresso cheesecake with fudge ripple would hit all the right notes for me. Or maybe that coffee/fudge malt from paragraph 1….
Stacked and ready for the co-workers
The full recipe is at Life in a Peanut Shell by Melissa. Next week: soufflé! I am nervous but optimistic!
Will’s portrait of his dessert below (brownie with chocolate ganache ice cream). He preferred the ice cream…