Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ugh....cheesecake




Sorry for the biased and unpleasant title. But god, I hate cheesecake. I thought, maybe I'll like it this time? Maybe if I make it, it will be different? No. No. No. NO. It was worse. Much, much worse. I could barely stomach the smell while making them let alone force myself to take a bite of that abomination. It could've had something to do with being hungover from the hot cocktail party but regardless, I don't think I would've done well with them even if I was totally well. To be fair, many that tasted them did enjoy them, and even those that don't like cheesecake (perhaps less so than myself) liked them, so that was a triumph. They were quite pretty (thanks to Martha's minions). I can't comment on the taste, only relay to you what criticism I got. I find myself totally betraying the wise words of one of the greatest cooks ever: Julia Child. She always said to never criticize your food when you serve it. Why do I always do this? I guess I just always want it to be the next greatest thing I've ever tasted. But, I am quite honest in saying if something is good or not. At least I'm not the one who came up with the recipe? Not always....

So, yes, they were pretty, and yes, many said they tasted great, but some said that the texture was a bit off. And some some said that they weren't sweet enough. There really wasn't that much sugar, so probably add a lot more. Perhaps double. But, what do I know. I don't even know what cheesecake is supposed to taste like. I do know however, that the technique for the top is something any cheesecake would be glad to adorn itself with. You blend up about a cup of raspberries (or any fruit), strain them so you remove the seeds, add some sugar and put a few drops on each cheesecake and then with a toothpick, swirl it around so it makes, a well, swirly design. What more can I say?

So instead of making one big cheesecake (gross), I made a dozen cupcake sized ones with graham cracker crust. This part, I'm ok with. Crush up some graham crackers, add some melted butter (yum) and press a bit in to the bottom of each cupcake well. Bake for 10 and add your cream cheese mixture (gross). Then top with the raspberry sauce (so good on waffles the next day), swirl, and bake. Word to the wise, I also made tiny cupcakes and cooked the crust for the same amount of time and they burnt completely, so watch them and only bake for like 5 minutes.

Also, if you're like me and have a total aversion to cream cheese and don't understand that it is a dairy and needs to be refrigerated, take this as a lesson learned: refrigerate the cheesecakes after it's cool. Not saying I didn't do that.....

I'll never understand you cheesecake lovers. But I will make it for you. Begrudgingly.

The recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/cheesecake

6 comments:

  1. Well, I like cheesecake! Looks good to me!

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  2. Perhaps you should test this one out for me and let me know how it tastes. I can't handle the cheesecake.

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  3. Hey Al - I made a low-fat cheesecake the other night for a dinner party. It wasn't terrible, but I agree, cheesecake is not my fave. I don't hate it with the vehemence you do, but there are tons of other cakes i would rather stuff my face with.
    The one i made had 2 CUPS of low fat cottage cheese, 2 pkgs of low fat neufcha-what? cream cheese, and greek yogurt. Weird. At least you don't waste too many precious calories on a sucky dessert, but what's the point, eh?

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  4. hah oh man, I totally agree. Terrible. Don't understand why people like it. So cream cheesy. I mean if it was just nice and smooth or something I would get it but it smells and tastes like cream cheese. Not dessert enough for me.

    Ugh, I made the bouche by the way. Turned out terrible. Someone on facebook said I should've done Julia Child and I almost kicked myself. Why the hell did I use Martha? Damn her always tempting me and it never turning out right. Going to try my luck with it again and this time use someone who knows how to make a bouche! Dammit.

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