June indicates another school year gone. My husband and his classmates finishing up their second year of medical school with one last exam. But, there will be no rest for the weary as they are thrown into a summer of intense studying preparing to take the step 1 of the USMLE. Many are staying in Be’er Sheva to hunker down with no distractions and others are off to their respective home towns in the States to prepare for what may be the biggest exam of their career. No one said becoming a doctor was easy.
I myself, am off to NY to spend the summer out of the desert heat (which is absolutely unbearable for the everyday person not to mention someone who is 6 months pregnant) and give my husband the solitude he needs to study. I’ll be spending 5 weeks in the home I grew up in visiting with my mom, brother and friends. My grandfather is making the trip from Florida to NY to see my ever growing pregnant belly as is my father. As I look forward to a summer of relaxation by my moms pool, good food, baby supply shopping and all the small comforts of home that I have missed being gone for so long, I can’t help but feel a wave of anxiety for these poor medical students who have been working so hard all year. I may be more nervous about this exam then they are and I’m not even taking it! What’s going to happen when my daughter has to take the SATs? Proud doesn’t begin to express how I feel about my husband. His hard work and dedication to become a doctor is inspiring and I am looking forward to see how much more he accomplishes in the last 2 years of his medical schooling.
With the end of second year also comes a plethora of June birthdays for my husbands classmates. And, what better way to celebrate the half way point of their schooling and birthdays before sending them off to study then brownies?
Forget the whole wheat flour and spelt flour, coconut oil and agave syrup that I have been using to cook and bake with lately. These brownies are loaded with sugar, chocolate, cream cheese, butter and Nutella. And, yes they taste like heaven because of it. Hey, these hard working medical students need a well deserved sugar rush every now and then.
A chewy dark chocolate brownie with hints of Nutella running through it is topped with a creamy cheesecake swirled with even more Nutella, because well, Nutella makes everything better and is a favorite of our very close friend and one of my husbands classmates who would be eating the majority of these (Hi Hanan). I also adore cooking and baking for people like him who get an unbelievable amount of joy from what I make.
I used my caramel bacon brownie batter adding Nutella to it and for the topping a simple mixture of cream cheese sugar and eggs. Super easy to come together and utterly delicious, these brownies will make you the goddess (or god) of your home and anyone who eats them will thank you.
|Nutella Cheesecake Brownies||
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 6 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 5 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 11/2 cup Nutella
- 1 cup flour
- 12 ounces cream cheese
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a large baking dish.
- In a double broiler melt chocolate chips and butter over medium heat.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl adding cocoa powder and 3 eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
- Add 1 cup of sugar, 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup Nutella and stir until combined then add the flour and mix until well until combined. Set aside.
- In another mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 eggs, until creamy.
- Pour brownie batter into prepared baking dish and spread cream cheese mixture on top using a rubber spatula.
- Dot the remaining 1/2 cup Nutella on top of cream cheese mixture and using a sharp knife swirl the Nutella into the cream cheese mixture.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the cheese cake topping is just set.
- Let cool and cut into squares.