Monday, April 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Cheesecake

I have been absent from the blog and from Daring Bakers for the past couple of months for several reasons, some of which are actually acceptable. Chiefly, because I will finish library school in a matter of weeks and am currently searching for a full time job. When I have more free time and less anxiety, I hope to post with increasing regularity.

Anyway, I couldn't turn down this particular challenge: cheesecake! A treat I savor but have never made in my own kitchen. This particular recipe claimed to be foolproof (immune to cracking and other notorious cheesecake mishaps!) so I launched into the task at around 7:30 last night. Yes, today was the due date. As my friends will tell you, I am nothing if not honest. And consistently absent-minded.

I whipped up the cheesecake and a brownie batter simultaneously, layered them into muffin tins, and these little bites came into being. I kept it simple due to the aforementioned stressful factors, and also because I had a wicked cold this weekend and was unenthusiastic at the prospect of a complex cake.

The cheesecake recipe can be found over at Jenny Bakes. I used a tablespoon of Bailey's for the liqueur, and left out the graham cracker crust in favor of a brownie base. The brownie recipe is Nick Malgieri's (via David Lebovitz) and is my new favorite brownie recipe. I made a half batch with whole wheat flour, which resulted in enough of a base for the cheesecake.

I ended up with about 18 mini cheesecakes, and I covered half with raspberry jam. Delicious!

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.


Ashley said...

Looks super good! I MIGHT make it tonight and try to post, but -- unlike you -- I HATE cheesecake. Ick. I might try to make a vegan, chocolate cheesecake version, though. We'll see :)

newlyweds said...

Welcome back, I admit these looks so good, sometimes the original flavors are always the best. Great job!

Elyse said...

I hope you're feeling better!! You did great--and to think, your first cheesecake turned out perfectly!! How wonderful. I'm loving the brownie base, by the way, and that raspberry topping--fabulous. Great job! And good luck with the rest of library school :)

nicole said...

That first photo has me salivating!

Jenny said...

I think that this looks delicious, especially in these little bites. Congrats on finishing your library degree - I'm a music librarian myself, and love the work (this is my third year in it). I hope you find a job soon. Thanks for being a part of the April Daring Bakers Challenge!

Jenny of JennyBakes

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So happy to have found your blog! Loaded with wonderful recipes...

This cheesecake looks so lush and delicious. I think I'll need a shovel.

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