Monday, July 4, 2016

Cheesecake Love

Happy 4th of July!

Fireworks, family, barbecues, car shows, and food. Lots of food. That's what I think of when I hear 4th of July. As you may have guessed, I'm the baker in the family. And one of my favorite desserts is cheesecake.

In Sweetest Kisses, Nic wins Adam's heart with an orgasm-inducing cheesecake. This is a recipe some friends and I came up with in culinary school. I will never forget the look on my chef-instructors face when he saw what we were doing. "Where did you come up with that?" he asked. "It's Girl Scout cookie season," I replied. D'uh.

Samoan Cheesecake

8oz chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
3oz melted butter
1 pound 2oz Chevre (mild goat's milk cheese) room temperature
6oz Marscapone cheese
6oz granulated sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
5 eggs at room temperature
8oz granulated sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
3oz coconut flake
Dash of lemon juice and vanilla
Melted chocolate.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a 9inch cake round or springform pan by covering the outside with aluminium foil.

Melted butter. Combine butter with cookie crumbs and press into the bottom of the pan and partway up the sides. 
In a bowl cream together the Chevre, marscapone, and the six ounces of sugar. I a separate bowl, combine eggs and cream. Slowly mix egg mixture with the cheeses until smooth. Lumps cause cracks, so no lumps.
Pour in to the cake pan. Place a pan in the center of a roasting pan, then place in the over. Pour warm water into the roasting pan. About one to two inches deep. You are creating a steam bath.

Bake for about 50 minutes. After baking, allow the cake to cool. Once cool and released from the pan, melt the remaining sugar in a pan with a smidgen of water. Just enough to get the sugar wet. Let the sugar cook uninterrupted until it turns a golden brown color. Add the cream and a squirt of lemon juice and a dash of vanilla. Careful, the mixture will bubble fiercely. Stir in the flaked coconut. Pour over cheesecake in a thin layer.

Finish by melting some chocolate and drizzle over the top. I know!! Can you imagine!

If you want to make this cake more summertime, change out the chocolate cookies for graham crackers, and pour your favorite fruit mixture over the top.

Have a safe and sane 4th, y'all!

Until next time!


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