Monday, January 9, 2012

Oh, you just like trips

This is what vacation looks like.

Pretty resort, chocolate mousse brownie amazingness, salad tower, margaritas-

-banana bread pudding, gigantic cinnamon roll, more margaritas, mickey shaped everything and palm trees.

Don't forget the long lines, lots of lounging, a zoo and a few more margaritas.

Orlando was a great break, but I will admit it is nice to be home. With Gustav. And cheesecake.

This a whole lot of strawberry cream cheese, fresh strawberries, and a strawberry jam ribbon. It is super strawberry-y. This cheesecake is beautiful because it is pink and, when topped with homemade whipped cream, tastes a lot like strawberry Nesquik.

Cheesecake makes the transition from vacation to work a little easier.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Stuff (makes one 9" cake)
1 lb strawberry flavored cream cheese, softened
1 c sour cream
3 eggs, room temp
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 c sugar
1 c diced fresh strawberries, plus a few whole berries for garnish
1/2 c strawberry jam
2 c graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c butter, melted

How- to:
1. Preheat oven to 350 and melt butter on stove
2. In a large bowl, combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until it begins to stick together
3. Press the graham cracker mixture onto the bottom and sides of 9: spring form pan
4. Bake for 10 minutes; cool completely and reduce oven temperature to 300
5. In a standing mixer, mix cream cheese until smooth then add sugar
6. Add sour cream, flour, and vanilla; mix for 30 seconds
7. Add eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate
8. In a saucepan over medium heat, reduce jam
9. In a medium bowl, combine jam, diced berries and 1 c cheesecake batter
10. Pour plain batter into prepared crust and dollop the jam mixture on top, creating a swirl pattern with the tip of a knife or toothpick
11. Bake in a water bath (place spring form in a larger pan filled with 3/4" water) for 1 hour
12. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving with whipped cream and fresh strawberries

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