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Old 11-20-2008, 07:16 AM   #1
 
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Default help me win the cheesecake bake-off at work!

i need something SPECIAL!!!

my old standby is chocolate rum raisin cheesecake, but there is a recipe for toffee caramel crunch cheesecake on Epicurious that might get me the most votes!

do you have a really special cheesecake that might be a bake-off winner?

TIA!!!

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mmm... pumpkin cheesecake. A nice twist on a familiar favorite.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:03 AM   #3
 
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How soon do you need it?

Best dessert I've ever had is the peanut butter cheesecake w/ chocolate ganache at my favorite restaurant. They were supposed to post the recipe on the website of a radio station I listen to but didn't, so I'll write in and ask, but don't know how quickly I'd get a response...
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see, i can't imagine that... but there was one on Epicurious that was pumpkin cheesecake and some bourbon topping.

which would be a good excuse to buy some Jack Daniels at least!

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How soon do you need it?
Dec 10th is the big day!!!

peanut butter.... yuck!

sorry!

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How soon do you need it?
Dec 10th is the big day!!!

peanut butter.... yuck!

sorry!

Even people who aren't peanut butter fans love it! But my guess is you could use something instead of peanut butter. It has this amazing light texture. And the chocolate ganache helps make it a winner. I'll post the recipe if I hear back from the station with it, and you can substitute something else instead of peanut butter (or go for straight cheesecake w/ chocolate ganache, or chocolate or banana or....)
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:23 AM   #7
 
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Almond Joy cheesecake is AWESOME!!! It has chocolate biscottis and almonds for the crust and the cake it self has almond flavoring instead of vanilla. It is the best!
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White chocolate cheesecake with sliced almonds on top? I made it once, and my future in-laws loved it.
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ooooh boy, i read so many cheesecake recipes last night my eyes were aching by the time ER came on!



my boss is doing a pumpkin one, so that's out. and one of the Lisas is making brownie cheesecake.

here's the ingredient list for the one i was talking about - Toffee Crunch Caramel Cheesecake

Gingersnap crust:
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups ground gingersnap cookies (about 7 1/4 ounces)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
Cheesecake:
  • 4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Caramel topping
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 1.4-ounce English toffee candy bars (such as Heath or Skor), chopped
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:00 PM   #10
 
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I'm just pasting in what I was sent, then attempting to get it so format works ok. I'm sure you could make some substitution (I'd try banana in place of PB, but I'm weird like that...) Anyway, this is the best dessert I have EVER had. From the Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress in Tucson:

Component: Yield: 10 Slices
Ingredients
Qty
Specs
Choc. Wafer Cookies
1 Pkg

Butter
1/2 C.

Cream Cheese
12 oz

Sugar
1 C.

Peanut Butter
1 1/2 C.

Vanilla
1 tsp

Heavy Cream
3 1/2 C.

Ganache:
Semi Sweet Choc.

6 oz

Heavy Cream
2/3 C.



Prep Procedure:
Spray one 3 X 10 spring form pan. In a food processor grind until fine one package Chocolate Wafer cookies and melted butter until the cookie crumbs just come together. Press cookies/butter mixture on to the sides and bottom of the springform pan to form a crust. Refrigerate until cold.

In a Kitchen Aid, cream the cream cheese, vanilla, peanut butter, and sugar until smooth. In another bowl, whip 3 cups heavy cream to stiff peak. Fold the heavy cream into the cream cheese mixture until well blended. Pour this mixture into prepared spring form crust level it out and refrigerate.

Chocolate Ganache Topping:

In a bowl place the semisweet chocolate and pour 2/3 cups boiling heavy cream over it. When chocolate is melted and smooth, pour over top of the peanut butter cheesecake to form a topping. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Remove sides from spring form and enjoy.
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:37 PM   #11
 
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I have no advice... just jealousy.

All of the cheesecakes posted sound amazing. I love the idea of a gingersnap crust in the toffee-caramel cheescake! And I'm drooling over peanut butter with chocolate ganache. One of my co-workers makes an amazing chocolate-peanut butter cheesecake that she sometimes brings in for special occasions.

Why am I on a diet where I'm not supposed to eat sugar!?
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I JUST had pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon whipped cream at a local restaurant and then I saw the recipe online too! Mmmmmmmm I think I'm going to make it for Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:33 PM   #13
 
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Caramel apple cheesecake is a good one. You make cheesecake like normal, but add 1 cup of apple juice concentrate and put caramel sauce on top or marbleize it in. I like to add green food coloring to give it a green apple look.
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i think i'd EAT that ganache before it made it onto the cheesecake!!!

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Old 11-22-2008, 08:22 AM   #15
 
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The best cheesecake I've ever had was a ricotta cheesecake from a restaurant in Florence.

Have you thought of making a ricotta cheesecake? Just something different... Although many of the recipes posted in this thread sound amazing!
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:06 AM   #16
 
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i just got a new italian cookbook - supposedly the absolute BIBLE of italian cooking called Il Cucchiaio d'Argento (the Silver Spoon in english).

i'm slowly going through it when i'm not drooling over the holiday issue of La Cucina Italiana, so i haven't got to desserts - yet!

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White chocolate raspberry?
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:46 AM   #18
 
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White chocolate raspberry?

Just last night I had a white chocolate cheesecake that was served with a rasberry sauce.


(and now I just finished it for breakfast )
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I made a White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake for Thanksgiving and it was awesome. If you want the recipe just let me know (it's a lot to type out).
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see, i can't imagine that... but there was one on Epicurious that was pumpkin cheesecake and some bourbon topping.

which would be a good excuse to buy some Jack Daniels at least!

My mom made that for thanksgiving and it was AMAZINGLY delicious!!!
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