Monday, April 27, 2009

April Daring Bakers - Cheesecake

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

I've only attempted cheesecake once and that was for my sister Kris' birthday when she came to visit us in Nashville. And in my opinion it was a bit of a disaster because the water leaked through the foil and made the crust soggy and the center of the cake was undercooked - yuck.

This time I was excited to attempt it again and see if I could conquer the cheese!
But sadly, the cheese conquered me......
After a ton of frustration and a LOT of cleaning, I waited another day and my husband convinced me to try it again...
And luckily, I was quite victorious!

Our assignment was to make a basic cheesecake from the recipe given by Jenny and then make whatever modifications we desired on the crust, flavors and toppings. My favorite cheesecake to order at the Cheesecake Factory is the Adams Peanut Butter Cheesecake, its ridiculous.
So I tried putting my own spin on it and made an Oreo cookie crust, then sprinkled the crust with a crunchy filling of Peanut Butter Cups and Butterfinger. Then I made the cheese filling and added some Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter and poured it over the crushed candies. I baked it for 50 minutes and let it cool in the oven. Then refrigerated it for a day and finished the decor with more crumbled candy filling and a peanut butter based frosting.
This cheesecake ROCKED MY WORLD and was well worth the second effort. I'll be adding this one to the recipe box for sure!

10 comments:

Brandie said...

I'm salivating. That looks amazing!! And sounds awesome! Your first few pics cracked me up. I'm glad you gave it a second try because it seems like a huge success! I've never attempted to make cheesecake and I'm pretty sure I'd just screw it up. But yum...I want a piece of yours!

Anonymous said...

So I think the next time I come over that cheesecake should be waiting for me : ).
Kristin

Anonymous said...

Wow!Kim!!!!

Melanie said...

geeeez Kim this looks amazing!!! is the the cheesecake that we get to participate in tomorrow night?!?!

Camille said...

THAT LOOKS AMAZING. yum!

vibi said...

Darn! What a mess... poor you.

I'm so glad you found the courage to make another one, though... for the end result is magnificient!

Totaly amazing! Wow.

Katrina Hope said...

can i put my request in now for this? you know how i love peanut butter....and cheesecake, I can only assume the two would marry marvelously!

Emily said...

Oh, your poor first try! I feel your pain on that one. Your finished (second) product looks awesome though! I need to work more on making things LOOK good and not just taste good.

nicole said...

Oh that looks SO good! I'm glad you made your second attempt (and I'm sure your husband is, too!)

Jenny said...

Oh how sad with your first try, but the end result was an amazing cheesecake. What a spectacular centerpiece. I can just taste the peanut butter now. Thanks for being a part of the challenge!

Jenny of JennyBakes