Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake

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So much has changed over the past 15 months.  Our family has been through so much, too much.  This year for Easter we didn’t even get together as a family.  I had decided that I was not even going to bake! Why would I? It was just 3 of us at dinner.

I was then asked to make some desserts for another family, a Cherry Cheesecake and some cupcakes.  Then I got the ‘itch’, I must bake!

I was not totally convinced the cherry cheesecake I made had turned out.  You can’t always tell until you cut into them (fingers crossed, I haven’t heard).  I felt I needed to redeem myself, so I decided to make us a cheesecake.  All this was decided on Good Friday – when all the stores are closed and Saturday the stores were a zoo.  It always amazes me how people completely panic when a store closes for a day.  You would think they would never be able to get food again.  Anyways, I was not going to be shopping, I had to use what I had in the house.

I found a recipe for Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake. As intrigued as I was, I was not sure it  would be good.  I am a cinnamon freak, so the thought of it was just about making me drool, but I was not sure how it would pair with the cream cheese.  I was skeptical enough to only make a mini one and halved the recipe.  I also made a back up recipe!

I found this recipe on Life, Love and Sugar.  Check out the site, there are some amazing recipes.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

This is the full recipe – I halved it

Crust
1 1/2 cups nilla wafer crumbs * ( i used grahm crumbs)
4 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
5 tbsp butter
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients and mix well.

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3. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

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4. Bake crust for 10 minutes then remove and set aside.

5. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
Cheesecake filling

3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp all purpose flour
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Reduce oven to 300 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and flour until combined (Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks). Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

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3. Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.

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4. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Beat on low speed until well combined. Set aside.

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Cinnamon filling

2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
5 tbsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
12 tbsp butter, melted
1. In another medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.

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2. Stir in melted butter.

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Assembly
1. Break apart cinnamon mixture and sprinkle pieces over the bottom of the crust, about 1/4 of the cinnamon mixture.
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2. Spread about 1/3 of the cheesecake filling over the cinnamon mixture.

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3. Repeat steps 7 and 8 two more times, for a total of three layers of cinnamon and three layers of cheesecake filling.

4. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon mixture over top of cheesecake.

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5. Place springform pan (covered with aluminum foil) inside another pan. Fill outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
8. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Icing
2 tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
6 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4-5 tbsp milk
Ran out of time and forgot to take pictures of this process.  Also, threw it together at the end, not the greatest decorative job!
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Looks delicious – minus the horrible icing job
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Layers and layers of cinnamon deliciousness and it smells amazing!
With all the changes this year, I decided to start a new tradition…

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I have had this magnet on my fridge for many years.  This year has shown us too many times that life in fact is way too short.  So….. we had dessert first!  I figured, I made them, I can serve them when I want, haha!  Also, now, no one can say ‘oh I want to, just no room, I ate too much supper!’.  Plus, still the option to have more after dinner.  Really, win-win!!
We enjoyed this mid afternoon – well before dinner
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Absolutely amazing!
As I said before, I was not sure how the two flavours would meld together.  All I can say is perfection!  The cinnamon layers had a subtle crunch to them which added a nice texture to the smooth cheesecake.  The strong cinnamon flavour really came though.  It really tasted like a cinnamon bun!
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I will definitely be making this again, and the full recipe.  This may just be my new favourite cheesecake.
What a wonderful way to start a new tradition!
Thank you Lindsay from Life, Love and Sugar – Life’s better with Cake (oh so true!)

 

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

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I am very behind on my posts, but I am back at it!  Let’s back up to Easter…yes that long ago.

This years Easter cheesecake I went with something I had seen before, but was very hesitant to try.  Carrot Cake Cheesecake combines both the cheesecake and real cake. It looked amazing but I was very nervous about how the 2 would bake together.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Cheesecake:

2 (8-ounces each) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

For the cheesecake

  1. In a medium bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and flour until smooth.20160326_142440

    2. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix just until blended. Set aside.

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Carrot Cake:

3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound finely grated carrots (1 cup or so)

  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the oil, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth.

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  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until the mixture is light creamy and light.

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    3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt until just combined.

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  3. Mix in the carrots.

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5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
6. Lightly grease a 9- or 10-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray.
7. Spread half of the carrot cake batter into the bottom of the prepared pan.

**I did add a Graham Cracker crust, I can’t imagine a cheesecake without that crust!

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8. Dollop half of the cheesecake batter on top of the carrot cake layer in large spoonfuls. Don’t spread or swirl together. Just dollop.
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9. Dollop the rest of the carrot cake batter on and around the spoonfuls of cheesecake batter. Again, don’t spread it out. If the lumpiness is stressing you out.
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10. Spread the last half of the cheesecake batter on top of all the layers and spread with an offset spatula into an even layer. Tap the pan on the counter a couple of times to get rid of any air bubbles.
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**I baked mine in a water bath, as I usually do.  Bake yours as you wish
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11. Bake the cheesecake for 60-70 minutes (check earlier if using a 10-inch springform pan; it won’t bake as long as a 9-inch pan), tenting the top of the cheesecake with foil the last 20 -30 minutes of baking if it is browning too quickly. The cheesecake will puff a great deal in the oven thanks to the leavening in the carrot cake and it might even crack. That’s ok. It will settle after it cools and will be covered with frosting so the cracks won’t matter. Take care not to overbake the cheesecake or the carrot cake bottom and sides will be dry. It’s a fine balance between taking it out before it’s overbaked but not so early that the cake batter is still raw. Keep in mind that each oven can vary in temperature so watch closely as it gets to the 60 minute mark. The top center part of the cheesecake (just about a 2- or 3-inch diameter circle) should still be slightly soft and jiggly when you take it out.
Let the cheesecake cool completely on a wire rack in the pan.
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Cream Cheese Frosting:
**I did not use this Cream Cheese Frosting, I used my own

3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sour cream

12. While it cools, make the frosting by whipping together the cream cheese and butter until creamy and smooth. Mix in the powdered sugar a little at a time until the frosting is well-combined with no lumps. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix well.

13. When the cheesecake has cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cheesecake. Cover with tin foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled before serving. The cheesecake can be made up to two days in advance.

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Look at that!

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This cheesecake tastes every bit as good as it looked

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Huge success!  Everyone loved it!  I thought the cake part was a little under-cooked or too moist, it seemed a little wet.  Everyone disagreed.

It really tasted like a carrot cake.  All the spices came through.  The tang of the cream cheese blended perfectly. I am glad I added the Graham Crust layer, the crunch really gave a nice contracting texture.

I will definitely be making this again!

 

Thank you for sharing Mel, from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

 

 

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S’more Cheesecake

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This year for Christmas (yes, Christmas! Catching up on my posts) I tried a S’more Cheesecake.  As I mentioned in the past, it is hard to please everyone with a flavour, but I do try!  I figured, who doesn’t like a S’more? There was only one iffy person, who doesn’t like marshmallows, but they are easily picked off.

I did not follow any specific recipe or see this idea anywhere, I just kinda cake up with it on my own.  I used my classic go to cheesecake recipe and

S’more Cheesecake:

Crust

Graham Crust

2 cups Graham Crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

1. Combine sugar and Graham crumbs

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2. Add melted butter and stir until combine

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3. Pour into spring form pan and firmly press. Bake for 10 min and set aside to cool

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Cheesecake

3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
1 cup / 210 g sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup / 8 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice (When using chocolate I omit)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
8 oz of Semi sweet Chocolate

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and set aside to cool.

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3. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth.

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4. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg.

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5. Add the cooled chocolate and stir

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6. Add heavy cream and vanilla, blend until smooth and creamy.

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7. Pour into your prepared pan

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And this is where things went a rye.

I always  bake my cheesecake in a water bath.  Today I was in a rush, I wasn’t really focused and decided to just throw it in the oven, like others do.  Everyone tells me, ‘why bother, it’s just another step, it will be fine’…

8. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done – this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top.

Well, it fell and cracked!  Never again! Always a water bath!!!

After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve

Thank goodness I was covering the top, because this was one ugly cheesecake!

The next day..

1. Cut large marshmallows in half and cover the top of your cheesecake

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2. Drizzle with melted chocolate

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3. Top with Graham crackers

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Looks pretty good!

This cheesecake was OK.  I would not make it again

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Everyone said it was good, but they never say and different. (one day I wold like to completely ruin a recipe and not let on and see if anyone said anything, I don’t think they would)

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It definitely was not as ooey and gooey as I had hoped.  See, it looks a little dry.

Oh well. Lessen learned!

Extremely Chocolatey Cheesecake

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Happy Easter!

We had our big family Easter dinner on Good Friday.  It is great to get family together over the holidays, I just wish everyone could have been there!  We had a wonderful dinner, not typical of an Easter dinner but delicious!  Mom cooked a huge pork loin and a large roast beef, both on the bbq.  She also made baked beans, broccoli cauliflower salad and coleslaw.  My aunts and uncles brought potato salad and macaroni salad, along with pickled beets and buns.  Everything was excellent, right down to the table set for 17!

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Another reason to love holiday meals with family is I get to bake!  This year Easter weekend fell on my Gramma’s birthday.  She requested lemon birthday cake, it turned out pretty good, you can see it here.  Now deciding on a cheesecake flavour! You would think everyone would get sick of cheesecake, but when asked it seems to still be the main request.  This time, I went with a simple flavour that I knew everyone would like (it is hard to please that many people with a flavour), chocolate.

I was feeling very confident in my cheesecake making, I have made quite a few and 99% have been successful.  I thought I would mix it up a little and try something different.  Aspects of  two different cheesecakes intrigued me.  I liked how The Brown Eyed Baker put cocoa powder in the base of her Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake and how at Fine Cooking they whipped with melted chocolate right into the cream cheese at the beginning of the mixing process of their Extreme Chocolate Cheesecake.  They were both different as they used 4 eggs and no cream.  I incorporated all of these ideas into my Extremely Chocolatey Cheesecake!

 

Extremely Chocolatey Cheesecake

Filling

3 pkg cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
10 oz semi sweet chocolate
4 eggs
3/4 cup cream
1 tbsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Chocolate for shaving

Crust

1 1/4 cups Oreo Cookie crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp melted butter

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºC and start boiling water for your water bath

2. In a spring form pan combine cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter – press to form even crust

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3. Bake for 8 minutes and set aside to cool

Filling

1. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and set aside to cool

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2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine cream cheese, sugar and cocoa powder.  Whipping until smooth

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3. Slowly add the, room temperature, melted chocolate

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4. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg

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5. Add cream, vanilla and pinch of salt

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6. Cover spring form pan with parchment paper and heavy foil wrap to keep water out

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7. Place in a large roasting pan and fill half way up the sides of the spring form pan with the hot water

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8.  Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done – this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

** and this is when things went terribly wrong….

ACK!  It cracked! What the heck?!? my cheesecakes don’t crack!  I was furious and shocked all at the same time.  And this was DURING the cooking, not even on the cool down!

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It didn’t just crack, this is a crater of epic proportions.  Seemed like you could lose a Smart Car in there.

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At this point I need to turn to plan B.  I can not nicely shave chocolate around the edges and serve this!  Thankfully, I had some chocolate left over and had to resort to a chocolate ganache

As I cover the edges in Milk Chocolate Chips I start preparing the ganache…

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Ganache

3 1/2 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 tbsp light corn syrup
3 tbsp cream

1. Melt chocolate and corn syrup in a double boiler

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2. Add cream and stir until smooth – I am still flustered at this point and forgot some pictures of the completed ganache

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3. Pour over top of cheesecake to hide the massive cracks!

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Done! Not at all how I had envisioned it, but it looks ok.

I did fill a few people in on the ‘secret crater’, they only laughed at me.  I was seriously stressed wondering how it was going to taste!

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Thankfully, it was delicious!  It got rave reviews.  It was so rich and chocolatey, sinfully delicious.  Now, if I could only figure out what made it crack? The flavour was there, but the presentation was not!

Any suggestions as to what happened????

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Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

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The weather has cooled down, so many people are complaining about this, not me!  Cooler weather means baking season! There is nothing like warming the house up with something deliciously sweet in the oven.

On the menu today was a Cheesecake for Thanksgiving dessert. I have been planning this one for some time.  I was not sure what occasion it would be for, but I have had the main ingredient for a while.

Two month ago, when the Christmas stuff came out at Costco (yes, it was out in mid August!!) I saw these….

A GIANT box of Ferrero Rocher!  I love these things!  AND what goes better with Hazelnut Chocolates? Hazelnut spread of course!

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Nutella is something I had not tried until a few years ago.  I remember in grade 5, we got a new student in our class.  Everyone was so jealous of her as she had a “chocolate sandwich” everyday! I begged and pleaded with my Mom, but she would have no part in sending me to school with a chocolate sandwich.  I would see the commercials and I would think of those chocolate sandwiches, but I never bought it until a few years ago.  The first time I tried it I put it on the white bread, just like Florence did in gr.5 and just like I see on the commercials. EWWW! Just awful!  Why would anyone do that? I was so disappointed.  After all those years of imagining how wonderful it would be, I hated it!   I soon discovered that it was the bread that made it so bad, alone it was heaven on a spoon!  I will admit to eating an entire jar (over the course of a few weeks) just with a spoon, haha.

Anyways… I thought these would be wonderful together in a cheesecake.  I went with my ‘go to’ cheesecake base and added the two.

Ferrero Rocher Nutella Cheesecake

Graham Crust

1 1/2 cups Graham Crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

1. Combine sugar, butter and Graham crumbs

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2. Stir until combine

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3. Press into the springform pan and bake at 350º for 10 minutes

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4. When crust cools water proof your cake pan with heavy duty foil – in order to keep the cheesecake dry while in water bath

 

Ferrero Rocher Nutella Cheesecake

3 pkg cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla
1 heaping cup Nutella
Ferrero Rocher

 

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F .

2. Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.

3. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer and cream together until smooth

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4. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg.

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5. Add heavy cream and vanilla, blend until smooth and creamy

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6. Add Nutella and mix until fully incorporated – you will probably need to scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula to fully incorporate

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7. Cut Ferrero Rocher in half in place on bottom of crust

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8. Pour Nutella mixture over the crust

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9. Bang on counter a few times to bring all bubbles to the top.  Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. If cheesecake pan is not airtight, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water.

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10. Bake approximately 1 hour, until it is almost done – this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

The next day…

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As good as it looks, it’s too simple for me, I can’t just leave it like this.  Time to spruce it up a tad!

Nutella Ganache

1/4 cup cream
1 cup Nutella

Directions:

1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, heat up cream

2. Pour over Nutella and stir until smooth

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It looks like it is ruined – keep stirring…

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It will come together

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It will drip down the sides – it’s almost like art, this excites me, haha

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4. Cut Ferrero Rochers in half and place on top – return to fridge to chill

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Oh My Goodness!

This was delicious!

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It was creamy.  It was rich. It was sweet. It was chocolatey. It was smooth.  It was perfect!

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The Nutella was an amazing flavour addition to the cheesecake. The chocolate flavour came through, but you could also taste a hint of the hazelnut.  It was so creamy and smooth.  The addition of the Ferrero Rochers within the cheesecake added a slight crunch, but not with each bite.  The Nutella Ganache was divine!  I can see making it to put on other desserts, or to top ice cream with.

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All the cheesecake eaters loved this!  I will agree, it was freaking fabulous! I have no complaints or thoughts about what I should do differently.  Luckily, I bought the chocolates and Nutella at Costco, soooo there are lots left to make another! 😀

 

Toffee Cheesecake

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This cheesecake was supposed to be made when I had the baking day with my cousin Amy, but we ran out of time because of a couple of baking disasters!  I was going to wait to make it when she came back, but my Mom was having company for supper and needed a dessert.  Such a shame I will have to make another!  I love making cheesecake!

I often struggle coming up with ideas for desserts.  If someone tells me what to make no problem, but coming up on my own I draw a blank.  I am about as creative as a stick.

For this cheesecake I decided to make it Toffee!

Toffee Cheesecake

Graham Crust

2 cups Graham Crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

1. Combine sugar and Graham crumbs

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2. Add melted butter and stir until combine

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3. Pour into spring form pan and firmly press.  I put some crust up the edges this time, just for something different

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4. Bake at 350ºF  for 10 minutes and set aside

Cheesecake

I have made some small changes (not noted, somethings just have to be a secret) over the years to make it just right for me, but I still basically follow the recipe I got way back when I started with the Daring Bakers

Directions

1. Preheat oven 350ºF

2. Start boiling water for water bath

3.  Before starting the cheesecake prepare the Toffee.  I used the Toffee that I make, but the recipe is top secret!   I wanted to have different textures so I cut up the Toffee a few different ways.

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I wanted to have some Toffee throughout the cheesecake but I wasn’t sure if it would ‘stay afloat” as the chocolate chips all sunk to the crust of my  Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, so I put some in the mini chopper.  I wasn’t even sure if it would break it up, but I gave it a go!

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Not too bad – kind of looked like the Graham Crumbs

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I also just roughly chopped some of the Toffee

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5.  Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer – beat until smooth

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6. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg.

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7. Add heavy cream and vanilla, blend until smooth and creamy.

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8. Stir in Toffee crumbs

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9. I placed bigger chunks of Toffee on the crust

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10. Pour batter onto crust

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At this point I remembered I should have prepared the pan, wrapping it in parchment paper and foil – harder to do with the batter in the pan.  Try to remember BEFORE you start the batter

The Toffee seems to be afloat!

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11. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan

12. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done – this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

Looks like the Toffee didn’t sink!

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The next day

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I tried to spruce it up a little with pieces of Toffee, I failed miserably, looks awful….

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At this point I deliver the cheesecake to my Mom and Dad’s.  It is killing me not being able to try it!  Guess I will have to wait ANOTHER day for the verdict and try it myself.

The following day

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Oh my…

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It was worth the wait!

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Toffee cheesecake is amazing!  It was rich and creamy and a subtle sweetness. There was a little crunch of the candy amongst the smooth creamy cheesecake.  I was afraid it might be to sweet (for some) but it was not, just right.  The caramel sauce put it over the top!

It got rave reviews from Mom, Dad and their company.  This was definitely a success

Oreo Cheesecake

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The weather has been fantastic for baking the past 2 weeks, low 20’s Celsius and no humidity!

On Thursday my cousin Amy came out to bake, I love having someone to bake with.  Our plan was to make 2 different cheesecakes and share them, we each picked a flavour.  We started with Amy’s selection, Oreo Cheesecake.  This is one I had been wanting to try for a very long time.  We went with the original base I always use and just added to it.

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We both commented on how we really don’t like Oreo’s, but liked them in things.  I would never buy a bag of Oreo’s just to eat, I find them very boring, but put them in something like, cheesecake or ice cream and they are great!    Well, to be fair I don’t buy any cookies, if I want a cookie I make them.

Oreo Cheesecake

 

Chocolate Cookie Crumb Crust

1 1/4 cups Chocolate Cookie Crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tbsp sugar

Combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter and press into a spring-form pan.

Bake the crust at 350º F for approx 10 minutes.   Set aside to cool.

*** Now is a good time to waterproof your spring from pan for the water bath.

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This picture is from a previous cheesecake.  This time I bought heavy duty wide foil, leak proof!

I have made some small changes (not noted, somethings just have to be a secret) over the years to make it just right for me, but I still basically follow the recipe I got way back when I started with the Daring Bakers

 

Cheesecake:

I did not take pictures of the first part of the recipe, kind of forgot.  For step by step photos please see steps 4-7 here (sorry!)

3 sticks of cream cheese,  room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
1 bag Oreo Cookies
4 oz semi sweet chocolate

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF . Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.

2. In a double boiler slowly melt chocolate – set aside to cool

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3. Before you start on the cheesecake batter prepare your Oreo Cookies.  We smashed them with a meat wacker in a large baggie. Careful, the teeth on the meat wacker (I am sure there is a better name for it?) will pierce the bag!

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4. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, and alcohol and blend until smooth and creamy.

5. Add the cooled chocolate and stir to combine

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6. Stir in Oreo’s

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7. Pour into prepared spring form pan

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8. Place in a large roasting pan and fill with boiling water 3/4 the way up the cheesecake pan

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9. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done – this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve

*****First time EVER mine cracked!!!!

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I was furious!  Amy was trying to tell me it was ok, but seriously I was angry!  Why would it crack It has never happened before.  I stuck a knife down the crack to see what was going on and it was like soup! Raw!  NOOOOOOO!  Now I really start to panic.  Is it ruined? Did we waste all those ingredients? God help me if this has to go in the garbage!

Started boiling the water again and back into the oven it went for another hour!  Not even sure if it was possible to recook, especially after it had cooled in the oven for over an hour, but at this point it was our only option!

At this point we abandon the second cheesecake as we just didn’t have time.  We were heading back to Amy’s for a lovely dinner with our families.  If we would have done the second cheesecake dinner would have been about 9pm.

Because we were so far behind, as soon as ‘we thought’ the cheesecake was done we turned it off and headed in to dinner.  It would cool down in the oven and be fine until i got back home.  I was still furious and worried that it was not going to turn out.

When I got home I took it out of the oven and did the knife test again, in the giant crevasse (still annoys me that it cracked!) it was firm but still not completely solid.  I put it in the fridge and would deal with it in the morning.

The day got busy and plans changed, I did not get to it until later in the evening.  I took it out of the spring form pan, strictly to see if it held it shape.  It did!

 

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I quickly put it back on and went to deliver it.  When I got there, I was going to leave the whole thing, but they insisted I take half.

I took the ring off again and started to cut it, praying that it was not a soupy centre…I must have looked very concerned, my Aunt and Uncle were laughing at me, saying it would be fine that I set my standards too high.  I said at this point my standards are “cooked!” As it was raw the first time.   I cautiously cut into it….

Success!

It was firm and cooked!

YAAAY!!

I completely forgot about pictures I was just so excited it turned out!  We all had a forkful and agreed it was a success! Whew!  What a relief, I would have gone crazy if I had to put that in the garbage!

When I got home I did remember to take a picture

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It was quite delicious.  I would make an Oreo Cheesecake again.  I was really impressed how the Oreo pieces stayed throughout the cheesecake, unlike the chocolate chip one I made where they all sank.

Despite the near disaster, I had a great day baking with Amy, we will have to do it again to do the second cheesecake….stay tuned!