With the house to myself and a wrecked shoulder from an earlier bike lifting incident (long story for some other blog posting) I wanted something sweet and delicious to celebrate Thanksgiving. Off to Foodgawker I went to search through some previously found and favourited (Yes, I'm Canadian and add extra u's to words... it's what we do) recipes to try out. Happily I found this apple cheesecake recipe from the Dainty Chef calling my name but, of course, I did not have a few of the ingredients, most notably cream cheese, so then a quick trip to Safeway was in order. While assuming that the only cream cheese brand I would find would be named after an American city... I instead found a new brand that I had never seen before - made with Greek yogurt with probiotics! Strangely though, when I went to find the link for the actual product they didn't have it listed on their website... oddballs. It does exist, I promise!
Since this was a baking experiment I followed the recipe to the letter as previous attempts at changing ingredients and/or methods proved to not be a good idea (wet pancake anyone?). However, even with all instructions followed this cheesecake turned out okay I wasn't sold on it. Perhaps it was my too large of a spring-form pan causing the crust to just be on the bottom instead of up the sides as well... Perhaps it was the pain in my shoulder masking the tastiness... Perhaps I'm not meant to make cheesecake? Whatever the reason - I'll try another recipe another day and this will be filed in the "not a fail but not awesome either" category.
Here's the recipe and details from the Dainty Chef's blog (which I'm not sure if she's updating anymore as it seems the last post was from nearly a year ago but there's lots of good stuff on there!)
Yield: 9 “cake
1 cup of flour (could easily substitute gluten-free flour)
1/4 cup of sugar
1 egg yolk — save the white, room temperature
1/4 lb. of butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon lemon grind grated fine
2 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup of sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 egg white (saved from the crust)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup of sugar
4 cups of sliced apples, with or without the skins (I used Gala apples because they're my favourite)
1 tsp. of cinnamon
What you’ll do
For the crust: Combine all of the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Using your hands, mix well and spread mixture on bottom and sides of spring form pan. Push the pastry to within 1/2 inch from the top of pan.
For the filling: Cream sugar and cream cheese. Then add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition. Finally add the egg white and blend until incorporated. Pour into pastry lined pan.
For the topping: Mix sugar and cinnamon and then toss apples into mixture until well
coated. Layer apples over cheese cake. You can add almond slivers on top if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes and then reduce heat to 375 for 30 to 35 minutes. Refrigerate after cooled. Best if cooled overnight.
And that's it! Do you have any special cheesecake recipes out there that I should try? Have you tried making this or any other cheesecake and it didn't quite hit the mark? I'd love to hear from you so please leave a comment below :)