Ah, it’s that time of month again, when luscious photos of overly indulgent Daring Baker challenges appear. It’s always such great fun!
The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.
Now, cheesecake used to be my favorite food. Without dairy or soy, it just wouldn’t be right. So I opted to make cheesecake for the masses and just liberate the crust of gluten, and do a simple ground almond crust with a hint of cinnamon. And boy did I have a good time. One 7 inch blueberry cheesecake, 1 little blueberry, 1 mini praline cheesecake, and 1 mini chocolate swirl, too.
The recipe was super simple. It’s amazing that I’ve forgotten what cheesecake batter looks like, and each time I do it, I’m reminded why I swear I’m done with recipes that require a waterbath. Especially since the mini-cheesecakes required a mini waterbath, and had to cool down in the toaster so that the big one could bake longer…it was a big of a logistical mess, but worked out surprisingly well.
Do check out the blogroll to see what everyone else came up with. It’s hard to go wrong with cheesecake. 😎 And, of course, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next month.
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3 Cheesecakes?!! You’re amazing! The praline mini cheesecake looks divine! I’d love to get the recipe for your almond crust.
Ooo, your cheesecakes look amazing!! Beautiful job making all of the different flavours =D.
Well, I’d say you did a great job–it turned out beautifully! Bet it tasted even better. 😉
Wow – they all look so beautiful! I agree on waterbaths – kind of a pain 🙂
actually 4, I’m a recovering overachiever. the recovery process is slow. =)
almond crust was about 1 cup almond meal, 1/4 cup sugar, pinch of salt and maybe 1/4 cup butter? I just kind of tossed together haphazardly and it worked.
Dairy is off limits for me, but my tasters enjoyed it.
yep, waterbaths are really a necessary evil. I’m sure I’ll forget and do them again, though.
I applaud your patience for making a water bath- I almost never do! I guess the results are worth it though, since your cheesecakes look great. 🙂
Would be nice if I had one of those mini blueberry cheesecakes right now. Great flavor choices!
Beautiful! I’m sure your tasters were thrilled to eat your share! And blueberry goes so well with cheese cake I think.
My mother, and father, and sister, and brother-in-law, and brother LOVED your pralines! My mum was thrilled and shared and everyone is begging for the recipe. I told them it wasn’t on your blog, and that I wasn’t sure you would share, but that I would ask anyway.
Thanks so much for being a part of my mum’s birthday!
I try to mostly post semi-good for you-ish stuff and no dairy, so the pralines don’t count. =) I’ve adapted this recipe over the years, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pralines-13543
just bourbon vanilla (and more of it!), more pecans, and quite frankly, I don’t bother with the washing down the sides, I just wipe them down right before letting it all boil.
I love your different variations, but I’m sad you didn’t get to eat any! I saw a lot of interesting vegan versions throughout this challenge, I wonder if they’d be worth trying.
Thanks for being a part of the challenge, and sorry I’m so late in getting to your post. There are over 1000 Daring Bakers these days!
Jenny of JennyBakes
That looks great, I’ve got more recipes here if your interested.