Brownies or cheesecake?
Why pick one when you can have Cheesecake Swirled Brownies?
I love brownie edges. Seriously…I’ll fight you for the edges of the pan of brownies. And if it’s a corner piece? Watch out! (For the record, the same goes for the end piece of a loaf of sandwich bread or banana bread.) But here’s the thing. As much as I love those edge pieces, I don’t actually own one of those Edge Brownie Pans. Heck, I’ve got enough pans as it is…I don’t need one more specialty pan to store in the bottom of my pantry or on the top shelf in the basement.
We had friends over this past weekend, and we were showing them around our house. That’s when we went down to the basement (aka my office, the hangout room, my photography studio, our storage room, etc). I realized at that moment that I have a lot of baking pans. Like a lot of pans. In fact, we told our friends that if they ever needed a specific pan, chances are we had it. (We also have a lot of single plates that don’t match anything else in the house…ah, the life of a food photographer.)
I am the proud owner of a cast iron pan that bakes cornbread (or whatever else) in the shape of little bears. I also have another one in the shape of little fish. (Because everyone needs multiple specialized cast iron pans, right?) I have every size cake pan imaginable. Need a 4″ deep lasagna pan with a removable bottom? I got ya covered. Need 4 different styles of bundt pans? I got ya covered. Need a brownie edge pan? Keep on looking because I can’t help ya there.
Laura and I got to talking about some of the different cheesecakes I’ve made, and this Brownie Bite Cheesecake came to mind. It featured bits of brownies baked straight into the cheesecake. That’s when the thought hit me about switching it around. What would happen if I stuffed cheesecake into brownies? Well, I’ll tell you what happens. Cheesecake Swirled Brownies. It’s like 2 of your favorite desserts swirled, layered and generally stuffed together into one. How can you go wrong there?
So when I pulled these Cheesecake Swirled Brownies out of the pan, I transferred the whole thing right onto a large cutting board. I then proceeded to trim off all of the edges…you know, to make each brownie nice and clean. Yeah, right. I proceeded to eat all of the trimmed-off edges right there in the kitchen. Call it a mid-afternoon snack. Call it an early dessert. Either way, I can’t be trusted around brownie edges. And when they’re Cheesecake Swirled Brownie edges? That’s a no-brainer!
If you’re a fan of cheesecake and you’re a fan of brownies, then these Cheesecake Swirled Brownies need to show up for dessert in your house! They aren’t that difficult to make at all…but do me a favor and save me the edges, ok? Enjoy, friends!