It’s not very often that I get to make a recipe just for “the fun of it” (because usually my goal is that that whole “eating to survive” business) but last Friday I asked the crew of our weekly game night what type of dessert they would like me to bring.
Their answer? Cheery pie, brownies, and cheesecake. In that order.
A first I was sold on making a cherry pie – because believe it or not, I’ve actually never made one before – but then I got to thinking about who I was dealing with here. This is a group I play competitive games with every week, from Dungeons and Dragons to Catan to Shadows Over Camelot, and not only did they snap back with their dessert requests, but they made it a tall order to fill. So could I really answer them with just a single dish? Or a dish that only met one of the requirements? That’d be too easy, especially when the current challenge laid out before me.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m rarely competitive, but when when the opportunity arises, I will do everything I can to dominate. I’m sure all my fellow gamers out there understand where I’m coming from.
So when I showed up on Friday, this is what I had with me: ultimate brownies laced with cheesecake and cherry pie filling. I got all three of their requests wrapped up in one. single. dessert.
And yeah, I totally nailed it. And I won the game that night.
To make these bars of deliciousness I used my absolute favorite brownie recipe, which bakes with a ever-so-slightly crispy shell and a soft center. Add in the soft cheesecake and gooey cheery pie filling and it amplified the soft center effect tenfold (and in all the best ways). The end result was also very rich and sweet, making it easy to feed a house full of people and still leave me a bit to take home with me.
Because really, that’s what I’m hoping for when I offer to bring dessert: I want to bake it, bring it, then have you eat just a teeny tiny bit of it so I still have plenty to take home with me because then I have something to snack on while I binge watch Netflix.