help me win the cheesecake bake-off at work!

rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
i need something SPECIAL!!!

my old standby is chocolate rum raisin cheesecake, but there is a recipe for toffee caramel crunch cheesecake on Epicurious that might get me the most votes!

do you have a really special cheesecake that might be a bake-off winner?

TIA!!!

:D
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  • curlymaybecurlymaybe Posts: 354Registered Users
    mmm... pumpkin cheesecake. A nice twist on a familiar favorite.
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    How soon do you need it?

    Best dessert I've ever had is the peanut butter cheesecake w/ chocolate ganache at my favorite restaurant. They were supposed to post the recipe on the website of a radio station I listen to but didn't, so I'll write in and ask, but don't know how quickly I'd get a response...
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    see, i can't imagine that... but there was one on Epicurious that was pumpkin cheesecake and some bourbon topping.

    which would be a good excuse to buy some Jack Daniels at least!

    :D
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    NetG wrote: »
    How soon do you need it?

    Dec 10th is the big day!!!

    peanut butter.... yuck!

    sorry!

    :(
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    rouquinne wrote: »
    NetG wrote: »
    How soon do you need it?

    Dec 10th is the big day!!!

    peanut butter.... yuck!

    sorry!

    :(

    Even people who aren't peanut butter fans love it! But my guess is you could use something instead of peanut butter. It has this amazing light texture. And the chocolate ganache helps make it a winner. I'll post the recipe if I hear back from the station with it, and you can substitute something else instead of peanut butter (or go for straight cheesecake w/ chocolate ganache, or chocolate or banana or....)
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  • southrncurlssouthrncurls Posts: 152Registered Users
    Almond Joy cheesecake is AWESOME!!! It has chocolate biscottis and almonds for the crust and the cake it self has almond flavoring instead of vanilla. It is the best!
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  • va_candiva_candi Posts: 849Registered Users
    White chocolate cheesecake with sliced almonds on top? I made it once, and my future in-laws loved it.
  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    ooooh boy, i read so many cheesecake recipes last night my eyes were aching by the time ER came on!

    :shock:

    my boss is doing a pumpkin one, so that's out. and one of the Lisas is making brownie cheesecake.

    here's the ingredient list for the one i was talking about - Toffee Crunch Caramel Cheesecake

    Gingersnap crust:
    • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
    • 1 1/2 cups ground gingersnap cookies (about 7 1/4 ounces)
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
    Cheesecake:
    • 4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
    • 5 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Caramel topping
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 4 1.4-ounce English toffee candy bars (such as Heath or Skor), chopped
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    I'm just pasting in what I was sent, then attempting to get it so format works ok. I'm sure you could make some substitution (I'd try banana in place of PB, but I'm weird like that...) Anyway, this is the best dessert I have EVER had. From the Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress in Tucson:

    [FONT=&quot]Component[/FONT][FONT=&quot]: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Yield[/FONT][FONT=&quot]: 10 Slices[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Ingredients[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Qty[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Specs[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Choc. Wafer Cookies[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 Pkg[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Butter[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1/2 C.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Cream Cheese[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]12 oz[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Sugar[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 C.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Peanut Butter[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 1/2 C.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Vanilla[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 tsp[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Heavy Cream[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]3 1/2 C.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Ganache:
    Semi Sweet Choc.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]6 oz[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Heavy Cream[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]2/3 C.[/FONT]



    [FONT=&quot]Prep Procedure[/FONT][FONT=&quot]: [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] Spray one 3” X 10” spring form pan. In a food processor grind until fine one package Chocolate Wafer cookies and melted butter until the cookie crumbs just come together. Press cookies/butter mixture on to the sides and bottom of the springform pan to form a crust. Refrigerate until cold.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]In a Kitchen Aid, cream the cream cheese, vanilla, peanut butter, and sugar until smooth. In another bowl, whip 3 ½ cups heavy cream to stiff peak. Fold the heavy cream into the cream cheese mixture until well blended. Pour this mixture into prepared spring form crust level it out and refrigerate.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Chocolate Ganache Topping:[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]In a bowl place the semisweet chocolate and pour 2/3 cups boiling heavy cream over it. When chocolate is melted and smooth, pour over top of the peanut butter cheesecake to form a topping. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Remove sides from spring form and enjoy.[/FONT]
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  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    I have no advice... just jealousy.

    All of the cheesecakes posted sound amazing. I love the idea of a gingersnap crust in the toffee-caramel cheescake! And I'm drooling over peanut butter with chocolate ganache. One of my co-workers makes an amazing chocolate-peanut butter cheesecake that she sometimes brings in for special occasions.

    Why am I on a diet where I'm not supposed to eat sugar!?
  • LikeAustraliaLikeAustralia Posts: 2,812Registered Users
    I JUST had pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon whipped cream at a local restaurant and then I saw the recipe online too! Mmmmmmmm I think I'm going to make it for Thanksgiving!
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  • Eilis19Eilis19 Posts: 44Registered Users
    Caramel apple cheesecake is a good one. You make cheesecake like normal, but add 1 cup of apple juice concentrate and put caramel sauce on top or marbleize it in. I like to add green food coloring to give it a green apple look.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i think i'd EAT that ganache before it made it onto the cheesecake!!!

    :lol:
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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The best cheesecake I've ever had was a ricotta cheesecake from a restaurant in Florence.

    Have you thought of making a ricotta cheesecake? Just something different... Although many of the recipes posted in this thread sound amazing!
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i just got a new italian cookbook - supposedly the absolute BIBLE of italian cooking called Il Cucchiaio d'Argento (the Silver Spoon in english).

    i'm slowly going through it when i'm not drooling over the holiday issue of La Cucina Italiana, so i haven't got to desserts - yet!

    :D
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  • MeganMegan Posts: 335Registered Users
    White chocolate raspberry?
  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Megan wrote: »
    White chocolate raspberry?


    Just last night I had a white chocolate cheesecake that was served with a rasberry sauce.


    (and now I just finished it for breakfast :oops:)
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  • curlygirlymecurlygirlyme Posts: 1,340Registered Users
    I made a White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake for Thanksgiving and it was awesome. If you want the recipe just let me know (it's a lot to type out).
  • leelee28leelee28 Posts: 137Registered Users
    rouquinne wrote: »
    see, i can't imagine that... but there was one on Epicurious that was pumpkin cheesecake and some bourbon topping.

    which would be a good excuse to buy some Jack Daniels at least!

    :D

    My mom made that for thanksgiving and it was AMAZINGLY delicious!!!
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  • MeganMegan Posts: 335Registered Users
    so...what did you end up making????
  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    oh, i forgot...

    i actually didn't... i discovered when i went to do my trial run that the problem with my hands (discussed on the Over 40 group at great length) made it almost impossible for me to even hold my mixer...

    :(

    the boss won - she made Turtle Cheesecake.
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,381Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Aww, sorry Rou! I'm sure YOU would have won :flower:
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    well, it's coming up again on December 9th this time. so i'm going to try again with the Toffee Crunch one.

    since i've had the cortisone injections in my hands, i can actually DO things! :D

    i'll let you know if i win...
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I've got a to die for carrot cake cheesecake recipe...if you're interested. It's a copycat from Cheesecake Factory so not sure if you'd want to use it but it's the most delicious cheesecake I've ever had.

    The toffee crunch sounds really yummy though...
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i burnt the stupid caramel that goes on top of the cake... :(

    now i've got nothing to enter.

    *sigh*

    i should've taken it for a test run...
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    Was the caramel supposed to go on top? Can you just put something else on instead? Not as a good, but maybe a jarred caramel.
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,734Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    it was supposed to be in at 9:00 am this morning and i start work at 8:00. no time to buy a jar of caramel sauce... :(
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