Saturday, July 13, 2013

Week 4: The Cheesecake Stands Alone...

I love cheesecake.

Maybe even a little too much in fact.  Thus, rather appropriately, I was given a spring-form pan, serving knife, and book of cheesecake recipes at my bridal shower (2 1/2 years ago).

Number of cheesecakes made to date: 0

(Sorry Mom!)

This week I rectify that problem by baking my first ever cheesecake from scratch!

Anyone who knows me can attest that I am by no means a cook.  My husband does the bulk of the cooking in our household, mostly because I do not particularly enjoy cooking.  I am much more interested in the fruits than the labor.  Cooking is extremely frustrating to me.  I don't really have the patience to do the prep work, the mixing, the baking, the waiting; and I especially abhor the subsequent cleaning.

I am sure that is a testament to my generation and the way I grew up, but I have grown accustomed to instant gratification.  And, it can sometimes be difficult for me to simply wait.

All the more reason this week's challenge is completely in line with the overarching goal of this experiment in self-awareness.

Mixing the ingredients for the graham cracker crust

Flattening out the crust into my spring form pan

Ready to go in the overn

Baking

After baking for about an hour and resting for half an hour, it was cracked and a bit puffy

In the fridge to set overnight.

After it set, the top appeared to bea little more concave than before.

After a bit of a struggle, I released the cheesecake from the spring form pan.

The sides didn't turn out too bad actually.

I cut along one of the cracks to disguise it a little haha

The fruits of my labor!
It wasn't too bad actually.  The texture wasn't as creamy as I would have liked, but it is edible.  That is really all I hoped for this first go around.  I am probably going to add strawberries as a topping for the rest of it, but I would call this a success.


COMING UP... Week 5: Insane in the Membrane

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