This is your brain on allergy meds.
What? Oh, that's easy. Team Edward.
Due to the obnoxiously high levels of pollen in this area, I have been a walking zombie (as opposed to, I don't know...the Riverdancing kind) for the past 48 hours. I can't focus, I'm lethargic as hell, I can't tell if my symptoms are allergy- or cold-related. And Claritin® isn't cutting it anymore. It's about as effective on my allergies as Luden's Cherry Cough Drops are on a sore throat.
(Come on. There's no way something that tastes like a cherry Life Saver is actually going to help soothe your irritated throat. If that was the case, Nyquil would taste like a mint julep.)
Rather than succumb to my headfog, I decided to channel my crankiness into something positive and chocolately. And positively chocolately.
Recipe by the Talented Mr. Lebovitz.
Here's what you'll need:
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I omitted these)
And for the cheesecake layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 large egg yolk
5 Tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9 inch square pan with enough foil to cover all four sides. Lightly grease the foil.
This is where I whip a trusty can of Bake Easy straight outta of my holster.
Deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat until smooth.
Remove from heat and beat in the sugar.
Then the eggs.
Mix in the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
Finish with the vanilla and (if you decide to use them) chocolate chips.
Pour the mixture into the pan and spread evenly.
In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla until nice and smooth.
Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the brownies.
Whatever you do, do not use a graham cracker to scoop up some of the remaining cream cheese mixture and top it with a few chocolate morsels.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
When you're done eating your deconstructed cheesecake appetizer, grab a butter knife and start spreading the news.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the center is set.
Cut yourself a corner piece before anyone else snags it.
These turned out more cakey than fudgy but the creaminess of the cheesecake layer helps smooth them out. I think these would be great with a small dollop of black cherry preserves (my kick, as of late.)