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Monday, April 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake


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

I happen to love cheesecake, so I was excited by this choice. I knew I would want to do something different with it though and therein was the challenge for me. I couldn't make up my mind. I made a toffee cheesecake a while back for Tuesdays with Dorie which was insanely good, but I didn't want to just do the same thing here.

I finally decided on a chocolate crust, substituting homemade chocolate wafer cookies, a vanilla bean flavored cheesecake batter, and topping it off with some small strawberries brushed with a little warmed strawberry jam for extra sweetness and shine.


Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

I also decided, in honor of the Blogging for Babies event, to make my cheesecake in my mini loaf pan as individual bar sized cheesecakes. It was fun and easy. To save on frustration with attempting to remove the cheesecake bars from the pan I just made a mini 'sling' out of parchment paper to place in each cavity. If you don't have a mini loaf pan you could easily do the same thing with muffin tins.

This cheesecake was very good and was easy to work with, but I have to admit that my favorite cheesecake recipe, hands down, is still the one from Dorie Greenspan. I dream of that cheesecake - the flavor, texture and ease of preparation, are all perfect in my book.

You can visit the Daring Bakers at their new home at The Daring Kitchen to see more amazing cheesecakes!

26 comments:

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I'm crazy about strawberries, so I love this particularly for that reason, but they are darling and tempting to boot!

Snooky doodle said...

oh this looks amazing . Ideal for spring ;)

newlyweds said...

Very Pretty!

The Bahens said...

The flavor combination sounds delicious! And very pretty too.

Suzana said...

Holly, those are amazing! And so springy. :)

Jude said...

Love what you did to the strawberries to make them shine and look extra luscious. Yum!

Claire said...

Yum! Must be good b/c I don't think anything could be bad with strawberries.

Allergy Mom said...

Homemade chocolate wafers? Warmed strawberry jam wash? Holly, you rock. Libby

Connie Weiss said...

What cute little cheesecakes! I used something different for my crust too.

Great job!

Engineer Baker said...

Those are absolutely adorable baby cheesecakes! I love the addition of strawberries on top.

Dragon said...

What a gorgeous cheesecake. Great job on this month's challenge.

Mermaid Sweets said...

Love the mini loaf idea - so cute. It looks terrific.

17andbaking said...

This cheesecake looks delicious! I love the garnish with the strawberries. They look perfect. Happy belated birthday, by the way!

Tracey said...

I love the combination of flavors you have going on! That's my kind of cheesecake.

Y said...

Very cute! I'm all for injecting an extra dose of chocolate into anything :)

Cristine said...

So cute! Looks yummy!

doughmesstic said...

Oh wow, Holly! This looks so good. You are making me want strawberries...so bad! They look cute in the mini size, too - nice idea!

Memoria said...

YES! I'm glad to find someone else who agrees that Greenspan's cheesecake is the best. Being exposed to her cheesecake prevented me from really enjoying the challenge cheesecake.

I love how fresh your strawberries look. You did an awesome job!

Diana said...

Your cheesecake looks great. I did a chocolate crust too! I love the idea of cheesecake bars, I think desserts are better in smaller portions :)

Jenny said...

The little baby cheesecakes are adorable. Thanks for taking part in this challenge. If I ever feel like making cheesecake again, I'll try Dorie's recipe. She has never failed me, for sure!

Jenny of JennyBakes

ice tea: sugar high said...

That's perfect! baby sized is all you need.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Very cute, I love the shape of it!

Chantal said...

yummy strawberries

TeaLady said...

Giant strawberries. Those look like they would feed at least 3 families. **SMILE** Beautiful. Vanilla!!! Simple, elegant, delicious.

Jenny said...

Cute mini's.

Lindsey said...

I love that you used homemade chocolate wafer cookies for your crust! Looks great!

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