Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cheating never felt so right...

I cant help myself. Sometimes I cheat. There I admit it. Ive got it off my chest. I am not the good little farm girl. Sometimes I am the bad life in the fast lane.... and by fast lane I mean sometimes I just don't have time to cook from scratch. So whats a girl to do... Take some help from the grocery store. That's right. Get it however you have to.. If its good and it makes you happy and your family happy then do it. My husband doesn't like sweets or so he says. Except occasionally I make something and he will literally make himself sick eating it..especially brownie experiments. So what does that mean. It means I go wild with brownies. I add things that make no sense. Sometimes it makes perfect sense when baked and sometimes I know that I probably need to go back to the drawing board. This is not one of those times.. I nailed it. Now the name might be confusing Strazzberry what is that? Well I make alot of jams and jelly every year and I experiment with flavors on those too.. this is made with my very own jam...its a strawberry-raspberry blend... but feel free to just use raspberry or you could do strawberry also... its all good. So go out and get the stuff...or if your lucky you have already got it in your pantry... and make these now!

Brownies with a Strazzberry Cheesecake Swirl

1 box of brownie mix (your choice of brand plus ingredients called for on back of box)
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 egg
1/3 c. sugar
1/2-3/4 c. Strazzberry jam thinned a little

Preheat your oven to 350 (or the temp called for on the brownie mix). Grease the bottom of a 9 by 13 baking pan.

In 1 bowl mix your brownie mix with the ingredients it calls for on the back of the box following the directions. I listed vanilla as optional because I replace a tsp of water with a tsp of vanilla extract. Just because its out of the box doesn't meant you cant boost the flavor.

In another bowl mix the cream cheese, sugar, and 1 egg until smooth. I like to add a splash of vanilla here also and a dash of nutmeg... Admire my technical cooking jargon.. if I had to put a measurement on the vanilla it would be 1/2 tsp..and the ground nutmeg would be just a sprinkle. Again your just boosting the flavor so you can choose not to use those optional ingredients.

For the jam to be thinned you can heat it for just about 20 seconds or so in the microwave...

Now put half the brownie batter in the bottom of the pan. Spread it out as evenly as possible.

Next put the cream cheese mix over top...again spread evenly as possible.

Top the cream cheese mix with a thin layer of the jam. None of this has to be perfect as your spreading some batter will probably peak through. Its ok..

Now follow it with the last layer... The rest of the brownie batter again spreading it out as evenly as you can.

Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes (ok the time could change based on the mix you use. Start with the time on the back of the box...check it.. if they are still really wet add 5 mins and check again. With the batch in the picture I started at 23 minutes and went all the way up to 33)

Now cool and enjoy!

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  1. Yum! Would love to have you join my weekend linky party!


    1. Thanks... I would love to join up!

  2. It's funny, I actually prefer a box mix brownie over brownies from scratch! So, this recipe is right up my alley. I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The 'Your Great Idea' link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

    1. I have yet to find a homemade brownie recipe that really knocks my socks off. But I definetly like doctoring the box mix up. I will be glad to stop by thanks for the invite.

  3. That looks soooooooooo good. I'm hungry just looking at the pictures!

    I"m your newest follower from the blog hop!

    1. Its bad I cant even look at the pictures on my post...instant craving! I will hop over and check yours out.

  4. Good morning, I am your newest follower via the GFC Blog hop and you are so wrong for posting those brownies, lol!!!!

    when u get a chance please visit my blog! thanks in advance!

    1. But it felt so right! Following you back. For some reason it wont let me comment says my browser isnt working with your blog... I will figure it out. Thanks for following me!

  5. Thank you for linking up to Wonderful Food Wednesday!

    Love your blog :)

    Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel

    1. Thank you Kerrie... I love yours too... I have been a follower since the moment I found it!