I am very excited, as I have joined another baking group! This is my first month as a Crazy Cook! This months challenge was Cheesecake. We had to choose a new cheesecake recipe, we were not to use a recipe that we had already posted about. This was hard for me because I really, really wanted to use my ‘go to‘ cheesecake recipe. It is my all time favourite and have not tasted a cheesecake as good since I first made it. So, in sticking with the rules I hunted for a new recipe! I searched and searched, which one to try??
The recipe I chose was Tall and Creamy Cheesecake from Smells Like home. Let me explaine why I chose this recipe. While searching, many of the reicpes that were coming up were the same ‘base recipe’ I use, as it was a Daring Bakers Challenge a few years ago. As I was reading this one post the blogger mentioned how she really didn’t like the cheesecake and liked her ‘go to’ recipe much better. What? a cheesecake better then my favourite? I knew I had to try it!
Next big decision? What flavour will I make? I usually sturggle with this one. Most people like cheesecake, but not everyone like the same flavours. It is hard to please everyone but this time I tried. Instead of making one cheesecake I made many, many individual cheesecakes, this way I could make several different flavours.
Tall and Creamy Cheesecake
Adapted from Smells Like Home
I made 3 different crusts, grahm crumb, Oreo crumb and Oreo Cookies.
Grahm Crumb Crust
1 cup Grahm crumbs
3 T Sugar
3 T butter melted
1. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter – Stir and set aside
Oreo Cookie Crust
1 cup cookie crumbs
3 T sugar
2 T butter melted
1. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter – stri
Preparing the cursts
1. Spoon a generous tablespoon of prepared crust into lined muffin tins
2. Press frimly to create the base – I found a glass that worked perfect
3. For remainder place an Oreo Cookie in the cup
4. Set aside to prepare Cheesecake
- 4 pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups sour cream or heavy cream, or a combination of the two
- 24 Oreo Cookies, 12 whole and 12 chopped
- 2 Skor Bars
- 2 pkg of mini Rolo’s
1. Working with a stand mixer (I strongly recomend using a stand mixer, as a last resort an electric beater, but dont even attemt it with a whisk, your arm will fall off, there is alot of mixing), preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese at a medium speed until soft and creamy; about 4 minutes.
2. With the mixer running, add the sugar and salt and continue to beat for another 4 minutes or so, until the cream cheese is light.
3. Beat in the vanilla.
4. Add the eggs one by one, beating for a full minute after each addition – you want a well-aerated batter.
5. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the sour cream and/or heavy cream.
Look at that! So creamy and light. It looks like a dream!
7. Scoop the plain batter into the cups filled with Grahm crumb crust
At this point I notice that there is A LOT of batter still left, I didn’t even look like I used any. I ended up making 12 plain and started dividing the batter into 2 other batches
8. Chop and crush remining 12 Oreo cookies
9. I crushed some (wacked them with a frying pan) and roughly chopped some – Stir to combine
10. Scoop onto the Oreo Cookie “crust’
11. Melt 5 oz of semi sweet chocolate allow to cool and add to remaining batter
12. I then divided the batter again. One half chopped Skor Bar, other half chopped Mini Rolo’s
13 Stir and scoop into prepared cookie crumb crust
NOW DISASTER STRIKES!
I was so excited! The batter came together like a dream, so fluffy and creamy, it looked heavenly! I could not wait to try one of these little cheesecakes (who am I kidding? I wanted to try them all!)
I put them in the oven for their bake…
Everything seemed to be going perfectly. They had a slight rise, as the recipe suggested. The aroma in the kitchen was delightfully tangy and sweet.
Then………..They ALL FELL!!
I was devistated! Keep in mind they were still baking. It’s not like I took them out too early and they were under cooked.
They Look more like Tart Shells than cheesecakes
The Oreo one’s survived the best
What can I say? I was very disapointed! I really don’t know what went wrong. They tasted ok… but, I like my recipe better. They were very dence, which I was not expecing from the fluffy and airy batter. Chalk this one up as a (very expensive) learning experience.
This was my first Crazy Cooks Challenge and now I find out that this was the LAST challenge! They will no longer be running. I guess I will have to search for another monthly baking group. Anyone know of any?