Awesome, if I do say so myself. I have to start giving myself a bit more credit for creativity. Not decorating, mind you, but for making recipes my own. Pay no heed to the lousy picture – I am out of town at the moment, and I made this and froze it before I left. Of course, I had to taste a bit and it was phenomenal.
The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.
Jenny gave us a basic cheesecake recipe, and set us loose, telling us to make it our own. I did just that by (1) eliminating the crust – yes, I made this without a crust!; and (2) flavoring it like a creamsicle, that outstanding orange and vanilla frozen concoction hustled by our local Good Humor Man. Those were the days. I also used low fat cream cheese, and a mixture of cream and low fat sour cream because that’s what I had on hand.
I made this in a heart-shaped springform pan, which is the only pan I have that will allow me to use a water bath. I also lowered the temperature to 325 F on convection bake, and the cake turned out creamy, smooth, and perfect, right on schedule. It did not crack. It did not burn. No water leaked into the pan (I double wrapped in heavy duty foil). A shockingly successful endeavor, all around.
Be sure to check Jenny’s blog for the original recipe, and the BRAND NEW Daring Baker’s website! I am without the internet at the moment, but when I get back in town, I’m looking forward to seeing what everybody made! My adaptation after the jump.
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