Sunday, August 12, 2012

Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake and Insanity

Writers live in fantasyland. 

We do--we live in our minds.  And unless I am utterly alone and bizarre (with...Samuel Johnson for company...) this can make us go a little crazy at times. 

But never fear, my fellow imagination-dwellers!  During a lecture on Samuel Johnson's Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, one of my favorite professors announced the key to conquering this kind of mild insanity: 

Go bake a cake. 

We were having a family birthday party anyway, so I found my sister and we made the overwhelmingly delicious Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake.  Complete with homemade oreo crust and brownies folded in to the batter!  HERE is a link to the original recipe by a better food blogger and a better food photographer than I am. 

Loaded up and ready to take to grandma's house.

We didn't even add the chocolate ganache--it doesn't need it.  And let me tell you, it is RARE that my sister and I taste something and say,

"This doesn't need the ganache." 

I'm sure it would be good...but we have been--to our own shock--perfectly content without it. 

Look how scrumptious.

Make a wish!

Now, the family we baked this for is sort of a tough crowd.  They don't usually eat the desserts I bring along.  (Which leaves my sister and I to eat them.  Alone.  And they're usually good, too!  If...sometimes experimental...but really good!) 

But they liked the Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake!  A lot!

Wow, my family liked it!

And so did I. :)

Can you identify with the "I-need-to-do-something-normal-like-baking-and-talk-to-real-people" brand of writer craziness?  Or is it just me? 

Aaaaand if you have no idea what I'm talking about--baked anything delicious lately?  I'm always up for a new recipe.


  1. Oh. My. God. That look freaking amazing. I'm drooling. Totally making this now.

  2. But... how could you turn down more chocolate?! :-)

    That said, my favourite cake of recent times doesn't have *any* choc in it: peach and ginger cake

    1. It's just that decadent already. We'll probably have to try it with the ganache sometime, just to see what we're missing. ;) And wow--if I were a fan of peaches, I would be all over that!

  3. OH yeah I relate completely. In fact I find that when I leave and just be normal for a bit I come back with more to write than I had before.

    I think some of it has to do with being a sponge, as I tend to think writers are, we need to be in the world in some fashion, whether it's talking to family and friends or getting out of the house to watch a movie or go out to eat, or even if it's baking a cake.

    Anyway great post.

    1. Thanks Brandon--I'm glad someone relates! Totally agree with you. Writing is such a solitary endeavor that sometimes we need to make a conscious effort to counteract that. And besides, experiencing life is what feeds fiction. :)

  4. Hi! (I'm sort of new here)
    That cake looks awesome, but those candles! They ROCK!
    I get what you're saying here, sometimes giving your mind peace, while making something with your hands (or just living your life), works wonders.

    1. Nice to meet you!

      Haha thanks--they are kind of cool, aren't they? And wow, "giving your mind peace" is the perfect way to say it.