These Blackberry Cheesecake Fudge Brownies are rich and decadent. I first experienced the combination of blackberry and espresso in a latte and was dreaming about how spectacular the flavors would be in brownie form. Adding cheesecake and chocolate to the palate really takes this treat up to gourmet dessert status.
These brownies are so moist and fudgey they taste almost as if they were half-baked. Pair them with cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream and, boy, will your taste buds be happy! Any berry would be great in this recipe, but I find the blackberries to be so unique! You’ll also notice a dash of espresso, which really enhances the chocolate flavors overall.
Blackberry Cheesecake Fudge Brownie Recipe
For Blackberry Sauce:
6 oz. fresh blackberries
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp water
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp flour
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant espresso
1 cup flour
Heat blackberries and sugar in a pan over medium low heat until the blackberries release their juices.
Combine cornstarch, lemon juice and water together in a separate bowl.
Add cornstarch mixture to pan and stir together. Bring mixture to simmer for a few minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Scrape chocolate mixture into a bowl and allow to cool.
Stir sugar, vanilla and salt into the cooled chocolate mixture.
Add eggs, one at a time beating until each is just mixed.
Sprinkle flour over the chocolate mixture and stir until blended.
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla until well combined.
Add blackberry mixture and combine.
The finishing touches:
Spread 2/3 of the mixture into pan. Dollop blackberry cheesecake mixture over. Then dollop remaining brownie mixture over.
Using a knife, make a swirl pattern with the batter (run knife up and down the pan).
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is cooked. Test by inserting a knife into the center of the pan. If it comes out clean, the brownies are done.
My friend from high school, Emily Piskulick, writes a darling fashion blog called DearSerendipity. We collaborated our two passions–food and fashion–to create two date night ideas. One is more casual with a classic jean look and chicken dish. The other is a bit fancy with a pretty dress and gourmet pasta.
For a casual date night, this dinner is easy to prepare and delicious to enjoy. The lemon pepper chicken from Life’s Ambrosia is flavored by a zesty marinade. The spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette is full of colorful veggies. A side of Uncle Ben’s wild rice, or any flavor that you like, will be a nice balance and will only take a few minutes to cook. Store-bought or homemade angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream is a light, no-bake dessert.
This pesto and shrimp pasta tastes as gourmet as it looks. Plus, the leftovers double in flavor the next day. Any roasted vegetable would pair beautifully with the pasta. I chose asparagus, but squash, tomatoes or yellow zucchini also be complementary. The side of bread is an extra touch, but not essential. A giant pizookie (pizza-cookie), like this one from Serious Eats, is fun to share with a date.
Emily has all the details about the outfits on her DearSerendipity post! Check it out and share the link with your friends. You could even pass the link on to your significant other as a hint for a date night ;)
Happy Academy Awards Sunday! Whether you are heading over to a friend’s house to watch the Red Carpet pre-show or snuggling on the couch waiting for the Best Actress to be announced, homemade pita chips and hummus are the perfect snack.
Remember when I posted about the health benefits of Garbanzo Beans? You can reap the nutrients of these beans through hummus! Here is the recipe that I posted on my other food blog, HERBan Explorer. The hummus recipe is from my boyfriend’s Lebanese family, so it is 100% authentic!
Hummus at the store costs around $5! Use that money to buy ingredients and you can make an even bigger homemade batch.
You can also make your own homemade pita chips, which I also featured on HERBan Explorer. It only takes a few minutes with a few inexpensive ingredients and you will have the perfect crunchy partner for your creamy dip!
On a different note, I am selling my Nikon Coolpix P80 Camera so I can upgrade to a DSLR. Visit the listing on Craigslist if you are interested! It is a lightweight camera that takes super high quality pictures–perfect for everyday use or special occasions.
With a few great dishes and a rocking group of friends and family, you will be the hostess with the mostess this Super Bowl Sunday. I’ve searched the web to find 10 winning recipes that you should add to your menu. Plus, I’ve added some recommendations to make entertaining or party-going effortless.
These 10 RECIPES are inexpensive, easy and full of flavor. It’s guaranteed that they will impress the crowd.
Nachos | This video shows a simple, gourmet recipe for nachos. Keep in mind that the trick for making ultimate nachos, though, is layering. First put down your chips, then some meat and some toppings, and repeat until all the ingredients are gone.
Avocado Pico de Gallo | In this Gourmet Gab video you’ll see that it only takes a few fresh ingredients to make a great dip.
If your new years resolution involved either weight loss or improving toward a healthier lifestyle, you should make a batch of fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast this weekend. Pair your juice with toast and peanut butter or a fruit parfait and you will get a jump-start on your healthy day.
Oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. These vitamins and minerals are especially absorbed when drank as juice. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods website, “Consuming vitamin C supplements does not provide the same protective benefits as drinking a glass of orange juice.”
Last week my boyfriend Alexander and I decided to pick oranges from the trees in his backyard to make our own homemade OJ. We picked about 60 oranges because they were tiny. About 20-30 large, ripe oranges would probably be ideal for making a large batch of juice.
To make fresh squeezed orange juice at home gather anywhere from 10-30 large oranges, depending on how many people you would like to serve. Give each orange a firm roll with your palm to loosen up the juice inside. Then slice horizontally in half.
You can juice with either an electric juicer, which ranges in price from $20 to $200+, or a simple hand juicer. I recommend electric because squeezing all the oranges by hand would take about triple the time.
If you are an orange juice pulp fan, your juice is ready once all the orange are squeezed. But, if you would rather have a smooth consistency, you will need to strain the juice again. A small or large strainer will do the trick. Keep in mind that you will lose about half the amount of juice when you strain the pulp. Set a bowl aside to periodically empty the pulp that gathers in the strainer while pouring.
You should reserve an hour or two to the process, but the freshness and health benefits are well worth it! If you would like to sweeten your juice you can add a teaspoon or two of sugar.
Aren’t these orange juice glasses so adorable? They came as a surprise in the mail from Alexander!
Now orange you so excited to make fresh squeezed orange juice for yourself? :)
My Uncle Terry’s homemade buttermilk pancakes are the best for Christmas morning brunch. You can whip up this simple batter a day in advance and let it “rest” overnight. The aroma of the pancakes will fill your home in the morning. These light, fluffy pancakes are slightly sweet and simply divine. Don’t forget to top them with butter and real maple syrup!
Uncle Terry’s Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix together buttermilk, melted butter and eggs. Set aside.
Mix dry ingredients–flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Fold in buttermilk mixture.
Pour pancake batter in desired serving size on hot griddle. Brown lightly on one side and flip to the other side to brown. Enjoy!
Today we’re talking about Scrabble…not the game, but the party mix! My family has been passing this recipe down through the generations. This afternoon I talked to my Great Aunt Carol Joyce who has been making Scrabble for 45 years!
The Original Chex® Party Mix
This is a snack that has a little bit of everything–cereal, nuts, pretzels–and a lot of flavor. Although this may seem a little time-consuming, the recipe makes a big batch so you can munch on it throughout the Christmas season!
Scrabble mix is ideal for holiday entertaining…it’s inexpensive, easy to make and really tasty.
2 pounds of salted, mixed nuts
12 oz. box of Corn Chex
10 oz. box of Cherrios
6 1/2 oz. box of Rice Chex
10 oz. of pretzel sticks
2 cups of canola oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of seasoned salt
1 tablespoon of garlic salt
Mix cereal, nuts and pretzels in a large roasting pan.
Whisk oil, salts and Worcestershire sauce together.
Pour over cereal mixture and stir.
Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.