This will be the dessert for the week so I'm up for the challenge.
Cheesecake is one of those recipes that is very flexible. Make one recipe and with minimal effort -- or 'add-ons' -- you can have two or three varieties for dessert.
As long as I'm baking I like to make the most of it. Hey, I make a mess when I cook and bake so if I can do 'add-ons' it is definitely worth the
We are both chocolate lovers and fruit lovers. It's easy enough to add fresh fruit using seasonal blueberries, peaches, or any fresh fruit you have on hand so I'm going for it. Below* is an easy recipe.
A ganache for the chocolate lovers (that's me, lovely daughter, and grampy) is also quick and easy to make.*
Prepare the fresh fruit in advance, though it only takes about 10 minutes to prep and wait time is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or two (berries are ready sooner than heartier stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, etc.)
When I made the cheesecake I decided to save some of the batter to make small cheesecakes in a muffin pan so I could add the fruit. This is also a great dessert for guests or parties.
- 32 oz. Temptee Cream Cheese (or any whipped style cream cheese)
- 16 oz. sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 5 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 TBLS. cornstarch
- Cream butter and sugar together, then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. This only takes about 2 minutes (depending on the speed of your mixer).
- Pour the batter into the springform pan and set aside.
- Now place the baking pan with the water into the pre-heated oven. (heads up - this step kinda' helps to prevent water from spilling (yes, I did spill the water)). Now add the springform pan to the water bath already in the oven.
- Bake approximately 1 hour, or until the cake doesn't jiggle in the middle. I used a toothpick to be sure it was cooked in the center.
- Let cool and then add your favorite fruit or chocolate topping.
*Fresh Fruit Topping
- Macerate the fruit which is really just a way to break down the fruit using sugar and acidity. It only takes a little bit of sugar, a squeeze or two of citrus (lemon or orange), and for 'adults only' add a splash of brandy or orange liqueur.
- Taste for desired sweetness or tartness and add additional ingredients accordingly.
- Let the fruit absorb the juices.
- Plan ahead if you want to use the fruit as soon as possible. The berries will need anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on ripeness.
- Stone fruits are meatier and will need at least an hour or more to breakdown and absorb the flavors.
Chocolate ganache* is just melting chopped chocolate or chocolate chips in heated milk or cream. I make just enough for one or two servings.
- Add 2 tablespoons of milk or half & half (I even used coconut milk) to a small pyrex dish and heat in microwave for 20 seconds.
- Remove from microwave and add a 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips stirring until melted. If it is not thick enough, add additional chips slowly but stirring quickly before the milk becomes too cool.
A huge THANK YOU to Tina at Moms Crazy Cooking for hosting The Crazy Cooking Challenge and for all her hard work and commitment. This is the last Crazy Cooking Challenge for the year and I will look forward to see what Tina will be cooking up next.
Here are a few of the challenges I participated in:
Grilled Cheese - Not An Ordinary Sandwich
Blueberry Muffins With Streusel Topping
Spaghetti With Red Sauce - Light & Easy