OMG we’ve definitely been catching the rain bug here in southeast Michigan. It has been raining all day today, and pretty much all of my off days the past couple of weeks. Now I’m not complaining necessarily because I don’t mind the rain. In fact, I would take rain everyday if I never had to see snow again. I know it sounds strange–considering where I live–but I have a slight fear of driving in the snow. I probably need to move to like Cali, but then I’m terrified of earthquakes. Anyways, it’s my off day and I can’t really take my little Ava anywhere since it has been down pouring all morning. Despite I did managed to sneak out the house, leaving her with her dad, and stop at the grocery store for some goodies. I’ve been wanting pretzel jello salad for the longest, but as I walked past the cream cheese immediately the cheesecake gods took hold. So per the title, which we will get into in just a moment.
Not to take away from the pretzel jello salad by any means. My first time having it was by my sweet and awesome friend Sarah, who I work with at the hospital. She originally made it for a work potluck and I’ve been hooked ever since! At my job we have different day shift weekends and my weekend rarely does potlucks that often. To help spice things up I at times bring in something I’ve made or stop by and pick up donuts before work. On the contrary, the opposite weekend is the potluck weekend. They have potlucks more frequently; haha you would think I’d be on that weekend with all my cooking. That said, I love my weekend crew, they are totally awesome even though we don’t potluck often…Hey ladies!!
So with the plan to make some today, I went into the store and totally came out with a whole new dessert idea. I love apple brownies but not so blondies. I think apple brownies resemble the blondies, or are they interchangeable?. Apple brownies theoretically are not brownies in that they do not contain chocolate, which if you ask me is the essential ingredient to brownies. To me, the difference I believe is more in its shape. This apple brownie recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipe. This cheesecake has several layers, which includes the crispness of the cookie bottom (no graham crackers here) combined with delicious moist apple brownies. I love anything with apples, especially Granny Smith because of it’s tartness always make you feel like you are in the middle of a cool fall day–after all, fall is when apple picking is at its best. Then you have the layer of cheesecake. Although cheesecake contains a whole ton lot of calories this is one of those times where it definitely worth all of those suckers that you will later have to burn off haha. My favorite type of cheesecake has always been strawberry, and as I type this I vividly remember that one day when I was pregnant and dying for a piece of strawberry cheesecake. I never told Michael but while at work I put it up on my personal IG page about how badly I wanted one. To my luck my friend Lashone who was off that day, saw my post and showed up with a slice of cheesecake #myfriendsarebetterthanyours LOL. Moral of the story, when a pregnant woman ask the universe for something she can usually get it (haha).
Finally, sweet salted caramel with diced caramelized apples is truly a dessert heaven…so many yummy things in one. Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth for some type of food. I don’t drink pop (or soda depending on where you live) or eat fast food, barely drink alcohol, but give me a good meal and a good dessert on a rainy day and I’m golden. I will admit that this recipe isn’t the easiest because of the separate layers, but if you are up for the challenge you should definitely try it. After all what have you got to lose? Practice make perfect as they always say, and the end result is so worth it.