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TCP Cooks: New York-Style Cheesecake

The Complete Package Cooks: My all-time favorite cheesecake

As promised, I am sharing more of The Complete Package’s signature dishes on my blog. For new readers or random visitors, The Complete Package is my beloved husband of 29 years. (Side Note: Yes, those are 29 continuous years. Yes, he cooks. Yes, he does dishes. No, you can’t have him. And sorry, but he doesn’t have a brother.) The first recipe I shared was his flavor-packed flank steak sandwiches with soy-ginger mayonnaise. This one comes from the other side of the menu board. It is his signature creamy New York style baked cheesecake, and it’s AMAZING. If you love cheesecake the way my family loves cheesecake, you’ll definitely have to try this one. I’ll warn you… somewhere a horrified cardiologist is clutching his chest, screaming “don’t do it!” But fear not. For somewhere else, on the other side of the spectrum, is a cheesecake lover screaming “oh, hell yeah!” This recipe is for that person. Or people. Or flash mob. So hide your bathroom scales, grab a springform pan and your fat pants, and let’s make The Complete Package’s earth-shatteringly fabulous cheesecake.

For the crust, you’ll use:
one sleeve (approx. 5 ounces) of graham crackers
4 tablespoons of butter, melted
1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs; add the butter and nuts. Stir to combine and press into the bottom of a 10″ springform pan. Bake at 400F for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Turn your oven up to 475F for the cheesecake.

For the filling, you’ll need:
5 packages of cream cheese (8 ozs. each), softened
1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
8 eggs, divided – 5 whole eggs & 3 yolks
the zest of 2 lemons
the zest of 1 orange
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of almond extract

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Slowly beat in the sugar and mix until thoroughly combined. With the mixer at low speed, add the flour and salt, the whole eggs and yolks, the citrus zest, heavy cream and extracts. Beat at high speed for 4 to 5 minutes. Pour the filling into the springform pan and smooth out the top. Place the cheesecake in the oven on the center rack and bake at 475F for 12 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 300F and bake for 35-40 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove it from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool. Once your cheesecake is completely cooled, you can move it to the refrigerator to chill. When you are ready to serve, remove the sides of your springform pan by running a sharp knife around the edge to loosen it and pop the ring clasp on the side of the pan.

If you’re serving this for company or a fancy dinner, you can move your cheesecake to a pretty cake plate. If you are a plain cheesecake person, dig in. If you like to dress yours up first you can top it with a good quality blueberry, cherry or strawberry topping. If you’re really twisted, you can cover the entire thing in melted chocolate and put it back in the fridge to form a hard chocolate shell. If you do that, please call me so I can come over. I’ll bring the coffee!



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I Love Dessert, or How I Solved My Lime Curd Dilemma

If you read my post on Mason jars, you’ll know I have a thing for spring hinge canning jars. They’re cute, cool, and look great no matter what you put in them. They’re also very practical and functional. They keep my kosher salt from getting clumpy when the south Texas humidity kicks into high gear. We like to call it “air you can wear” down here. Anyway, I picked up some lime curd at the Williams-Sonoma outlet store a few weeks ago and was then at a loss as to how to use it. I confess, it wasn’t really the lime curd I was after, but the cute spring hinge jars it came in. Finding one of these little beauties for $2.97 was more than I could resist. So I bought two.

I really enjoy the flavor of citrus. I love a good lemon bar. I appreciate a good margarita made with fresh citrus. I’m a nut for oranges, and ice cold ruby red grapefruit juice is a great thirst quencher in the dead of summer. I think it’s a texture thing. What do you do with lime curd? I thought about baking a cake and using it as a filling, but it’s just me and The Complete Package at home, and that’s a lot of cake. Finally, I had a thought (yes, I know…it’s a rare and wonderful thing, smartass). I bought one of those no-bake cheesecake mixes with the graham cracker crust package in the box, and in 10 minutes, I had my dessert. It couldn’t have been easier to make, and it was quite tasty. TCP even said so!

Here’s what you do:
Mix up the graham cracker crust packet as directed;
Divide evenly and press into individual ramekins.
Mix up the cheesecake filling packet as directed;
Stir in 3 tablespoons of sour cream and blend well;
Divide evenly and pour into ramekins; chill until set.
Put a quart-size Ziploc bag into a glass and fold the top
over the outside of the glass; spoon in 1 ½ cups lime curd;
Close the bag and zip it shut; snip off one corner of the bag;
Pipe a nice decorative swirl onto the top of each ramekin.
Top with whipped cream immediately before serving.

Easy… quick… delicious. One jar down and one to go.

Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts

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