Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cheesecake Recipes and Pictures!!!

So the cheesecake turned out wonderful!!!
Cheesecake #1-Chocolate Peanut Butter with a strawberry jam drizzle

I added the strawberry jam drizzle to each individual slice! so good!! very rich though...definitely needs a good glass of milk.  This cheesecake was very simple to make!! and just try it...cheesecake seems like a scary task, but it really isn't too bad.
Here is the recipe:



20 crushed Oreos
2 tbsp. melted butter

Mix and press into 10 inch springform pan.


1 1/2 lb. cream cheese
1 1/2 c. whipping cream
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. peanut butter
1 sq. melted unsweetened chocolate

Cut cream cheese into 1 inch cubes. Beat with mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add whipping cream and vanilla. Beat well (about 10 minutes). Very slowly add sugar and then add eggs 1 at a time beating well between each addition. Remove 1 cup batter. Add peanut butter to remaining batter and mix well. Spread in pan. Add chocolate to reserved batter. Swirl into peanut butter batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes; reduce oven to 325 degrees for 30 minutes then open oven door and bake for 30 minutes more (with oven on).

Just try it!!!

Strawberry Marbled Cheesecake...a little bit harder....
Now I forgot to take a picture, but this is exactly what mine looked like, but I used a spring form pan, not a tin.  But here is the recipe....



1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar


24 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
10 ounces frozen strawberries (thawed), in syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Puree strawberries and cornstarch in blender. Heat in a saucepan over medium heat until thickened, then cool. Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs and sugar; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.Bake at 350°F. for 10 minutes. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour half of the batter over the crust then add half of the strawberry mixture by spoonfuls to the batter. Pour remaining batter into the pan then add the remaining strawberry mixture by spoonfuls. Swirl the mixture with a knife until it resembles a marbled effect. Bake at 300°F. for 50-60 minutes or until set. Allow cheesecake to cool then remove from rim of pan. Chill overnight before serving.
Serving Size: 12

This one was hard to get to swirl all pretty and nice, but however you swirl it, it will still taste delicious!!! Enjoy, and don't be scared!!

and of course, I enjoyed seeing Montez and baby Olivia.  They are doing well.  Montez is adjusting to being a new mom, and it is hard.  I think the first 6 weeks are tough, whether you have a good baby or a colicky baby or whatever, it is hard, and they don't tell you that.  Most moms make it out to seem amazing that your baby is finally here and it is so blissful and happy, when it really isn't.  It is hard getting used to a new sleeping schedule, trying to figure out nursing and to get through the pain, and not to mention, you are all hormonal and bleeding all disgustingly.  And you are sore and just not happy, and your baby just kind of stares at you, and you just want some sort of attention for all the hard work you are doing.  But after those six weeks go by, things get much better, a slight routine starts to set in and your baby can start interacting with you and smiling at you!! that makes it all worth it, but until that time, it is hard.  We discussed this at length!!  I think Montez is doing great, just experiencing the normal mom stuff!!!

I enjoyed our time together and can't wait to spend some more time over there!!

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