Monday, December 29, 2008

TWD: Cheesecake!

This week's TWD recipe, chosen by AnneStrawberry was Dorie's Basic Cheesecake. I've never made a cheesecake before and I was really nervous. I mean, cheesecake is like the dessert, in my opinion. It is either really really good, or not good at all.


Thankfully, despite a few minor glitches, my cheesecake turned out amazing! (If I do say so myself.) Not too sweet, tall and creamy with a crumbly crust - a perfect blend of all things amazing. My most obvious blunder was wrapping just the bottom of the springform pan with foil instead of wrapping the entire pan with foil. Ooops! Thankfully my cake wasn't full of water - like some of the other TWD bakers who did the same thing. Oh, how I wish I had taken photos of the beautiful top and the suprisingly even crust level on the side!

Also, there is a huge hint in this photo as to one of my surprises under the tree this year. I nearly died from shock! I'll be writing a whole post on the holidays - so stay tuned.
Thanks a bunch to AnneStrawberry for choosing the recipe which you can find on her site. I've really enjoyed being a part of TWD this year and look forward to another year of "baked fresh weekly" goodies.

ANNND! Next week's recipe was chosen by our baking goddess. Yes, DORIE chose next week's recipe for us to bake. You'll just have to tune in next Tuesday to see what it is and if I mastered it.

(Click here for my explanation of TWD)


Now, I leave you with this week's song - inspired by my springform pan which didn't want to release my cheesecake:

Mercy (Cheesecake) by Duffy

i love you
and i gotta stay true
your aroma's got me on my knees
im begging please
stop playing games

i dont know what this is
cos you got me good
just like you knew you would
i dont know what you do
but you do it well
I’m under your spell

You got me begging you for cheesecake
why wont you release it
you got me begging you for cheesecake
why wont you release it
I said release it

Now you think that i
would drizzle something on the side
but you got to understand
that i need a treat
that can shine while plain
yes i do

i dont know what this is
cos you got me good
just like you knew you would
i dont know what you do
but you do it well
I’m under your spell

You got me begging you for cheesecake
why wont you release it
you got me begging you for cheesecake
why wont you release it
I said release it

Im begging you for cheesecake
why wont you release it
im begging you for cheesecake
you got me begging
you got me begging
you got me begging

Cheesecake, why wont you realise it
im begging you for cheesecake
why wont you release it
you got me begging you for cheesecake
im begging you for cheesecake
im begging you for cheesecake
im begging you for cheesecake
im begging you for cheesecake
Why wont you release it yeah yeah
break it down

17 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

Haha, love the song :) Kudos on one fine-looking cheesecake.

Christine said...

Love the song and great job on your first cheesecake!

chocolatechic said...

Song is so cute.


I just want to know why your slice of cake is so tiny.

Anne said...

I'm glad you conquered your first cheesecake- it looks perfect despite the mishap! Happy new year!

Leslie said...

Way to go on the cheesecake (and song!) I thought it was light and delicious!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful cheesecake!

Natalie said...

Awesome!! I think the cheesecake looks awesome -- did you get those dishes for Christmas, you like Vintage, right?

vibi said...

What a beautiful piece on those plates you love so much! ...I do have to admit they're pretty nifty!
Two thumbs up!

Amanda said...

I debated whether to wrap just the bottom or the entire pan too! Thanksfully, I read the TWD posts like yours and learned vicariously. Thanks and yours looks gorgeous!

rainbowbrown said...

Very nice! Did you get the set of those awesome-ass dishes for Christmas??? If so, you are one lucky lady.

pinkstripes said...

Your cheesecake looks great. I love the dish!

Happy New Year!

Andrea said...

Great song, great blog, FANTASTIC dishes! Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

You weren't the only one confused by Dorie's foil wrapping instructions. I wrapped the INSIDE of my pan with foil... don't know where my brain was. Love the song, and your cheesecake looks like it turned out great!

The Food Librarian said...

Ha ha! Love the song and the cheesecake looks perfect! Did you get a whole set of those dishes? They are cool! Happy New Year!!!

AmyRuth said...

Great retro dishes....did I guess right? Plus, Bonus! Wonderful first cheesecake. Great Work and glad you enjoyed.
AmyRuth

mangomissives said...

I love the retro plate...so cute... and this cheesecake WAS amazing!

n.o.e said...

I had NO idea what Dorie was talking about with the foil wrapping until I saw a diagram in Cook's Illustrated. It didn't help though; I still had a leak. I won't bake this again without heavy duty super size killer foil. Your cheesecake looks amazing - congrats!
Nancy