Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

It’s too warm for something this heavy, I know. But the weather here was pretty dismal for a couple of weeks running, so I took chance on a recipe I found here and was not disappointed. I made a couple of adjustments and will list the recipe I used. Put this in your back pocket until November.

1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs (in Germany, you can use crushed Leibniz cookies)
1/3 c melted butter
8 oz (220 g) cream cheese, room temperature
1 c sour cream
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T cornstarch
3/4 c sugar
1 large egg plus one egg white
1 c semisweet chocolate chips (I think I only used 1/2 c)
1/2 t vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 F° (163 C°). Mix crumbs and butter together and press into an even crust in the bottom of a 9×9 baking dish. Set aside.
2. Blend cream cheese and sour cream in food processor until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add cocoa, cornstarch, vanilla, sugar, egg, and egg white; process until smooth. Pour into pan; sprinkle with chocolate chips.
3. Bake until just set, 35 to 40 minutes; cool completely in pan. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, but overnight is better. Makes 9 squares.

Shantel and Bucovina Club Orkestar in Lappersdorf

Last night Sarah and I and some colleagues from work with the most similar tastes in music to ours met up outside the village of Lappersdorf.  What better way to experience slightly creepy circus music than under a circus tent?  That was in fact the venue, wrapping up a festival of various acts on the Freizeitgelände “Alter Regen.”  Tickets were 14€ if you bought in advance or 16€ at the door.  Sarah procured ours in advance and we were quite pleased to see that they were valid as RVV (local public transit) tickets for four hours before and until close-of-business on the night of the concert.  Other cool stuff:  free parking for those who drove and the beer was actually reasonably priced (3€ for a 0,5 — just barely more than standard restaurant pricing).

The best shots of the evening (I really need to get an external flash):