There’s so much to catch up on! Feb has been a VERY hectic month. And by hectic, I mean I didn’t even get a chance to enjoy a baking/cooking project since Valentine’s day. Thankfully, it’s now March and I have been able to slow down a bit and get back in the kitchen.
I love entertaining and throwing dinner parties, so whenever my husband’s family from Canada come to town I always make sure we put on a good spread. This time we went with Tex-Mex for the meal – serving carnitas, black beans, fresh salsa, mexican rice, corn salad and homemade tortillas. To follow, I thought a cheesecake would be the perfect foil.
I recently purchased a new baking book called ‘Baked in America‘. If you didn’t know already, I am an American living in the UK. This book is written by two Americans living in the UK. Perfect! I am smitten with this book and am going to try out as many recipes from it as possible. But, before I get ahead of myself, let’s start with the first one. Enter the clotted cream cheesecake.
This was the second time I have ever attempted to make a cheesecake and I was pretty pleased with the results. I poured over the cheesecake chapter taking in all of the two Davids’ tips and recommendations. So, here’s how it went:
I used a springform tin, as you do with a cheesecake, but I wrapped the bottom with foil to make it easier to remove the base to serve. This was a great tip from the book. Also, the cheesecakes I grew up with had a graham cracker crust. It’s difficult to find graham crackers in the UK and when you do find them, they are like £7 a box in specialty shops like Selfridges Food Hall. Anyway, digestives are the next best alternative, but mixing brown sugar into the digestive and butter mixture makes the crust taste like graham crackers. Top work, sirs!
There is a lot of cream in this cheesecake recipe. Don’t be afraid…
I don’t know the difference between a baked cheesecake and a non baked cheesecake. I suppose since I lived in New York, I am more partial to a New York Style cheesecake, which is baked in the oven.
The cheesecake looked like a souffle when it came out of the oven.
And then looked like an alien when it cooled. It has a rustic look, which went well with the Tex Mex fiesta.
And once it was sliced, it didn’t matter what it looked like because the texture inside was perfect.
There was nothing left on anyone’s plate.
This cheesecake serves 12 people easy. There were six of us and we sent our guests home with a second helping each.
This cheesecake recipe will definitely be in high rotation when it comes to desserts. The clotted cream added a flavour and texture that reminded us of ice cream from Cornwall. Since this recipe came out so well, I cannot wait to get started on my next baking adventure out of Baked In America. I just hope it doesn’t make me miss back home too much.