Saturday, January 3, 2009

Creamy Cheesecake: TWD Catch-up Time

So, I believe the last December TWD (Tuesdays with Dorie, for all you who haven't read about my previous baking efforts here and here...and here, for example) was Tall and Creamy Cheesecake (pages 235 to 237 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My home to Yours). A true classic, but Dorie lightens it..how? I don't know how because I'm still learning the science behind baking.

I know these things: it gets a lot of time in the mixer, so it is well aerated. I used sour cream (option was heavy cream) because I love sour cream--and it gets baked slowly in a water bath, which gives it a lovely LOVELY creamy consistency.

I admit to screwing up the crust...how can that be? It's almost soggy when it should be crunchy. It's one of those great things about cheesecake to start with and, frankly, not that difficult. The pan was double wrapped with foil...maybe it didn't cool enough before I put the cheesecake batter into it? Maybe I made it too thin? Who knows...it ain't rocket science but I managed to mangle it...

Still, this is very tasty. Maybe won't replace my inclination for Italian ricotta cheesecake, but it is lovely. If I make it again, I will certainly try one of the variations. Like chocolate. Mmm. But for now, this is straight up good and decadent.

This coming Tuesday, January 6, I believe, I'll be blogging Pear Tart, which was chosen by Dorie herself...pears are waiting on my counter even as I type.

Now would someone come to my house and indulge in this cheesecake before I consume it all?

5 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Your cheesecake looks perfect! YUM!

Amanda (@mandami) said...

That looks so good. Now I want cheesecake!

cheryl said...

I usually make cheesecake around the holidays but neglected to this year, completely inadvertently. What a sad, sad state of affairs. Cheesecake is one of -- no, wait, it IS my favorite dessert of all time, and yours looks like a success, soggy crust and all.

Babette said...

Thanks, guys. Really, I need to give it away--it's pretty much the best cheesecake I've ever tasted. The ricotta version included. I've decided I should have made the crust thicker. Fatal flaw. Okay, not fatal. Just soggy..bec. where it's thicker and crunchy? Wow.

Next up: pear tart. And Weight Watchers? Why is Dorie Greenspan skinny?

Barbara said...

Lovely! I skipped this recipe but after reading the posts about it, I see I'll have to make it sometime!