Category Archives: Cheesecake

Say Cheese…Cake!

In my opinion, there is no better combination of flavors for dessert then sweet and sour.  Any dessert with citrus is usually my top order at restaurants or the dessert I am most excited to make (and then of course eat)!   Cheesecake always seems too heavy and plain for me so I decided to jazz it up by adding a citrus component to the mix and lightening up the cheesecake filling.  Four layers make up this fabulous full flavored cheesecake!

Graham Cracker Crust  +  Lime Curd+  Lime Cheesecake + Sour Cream Chocolate Ganache = The most amazing, eye catching and delicious dessert you could put on your table for Shavuot!
 

Lime Cheesecake with Sour Cream Chocolate Ganache

Makes 2-14″x4″Tart Pan or 1-8″ Round Springform Pan

 
Lime Curd:

6 Egg Yolks
3/4 C. Sugar
8 Tbs. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tsp. Lime Peel, grated

Crust:

1 3/4 C. Graham Crackers, finely ground (about 12 whole graham crackers)
1/4 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Butter, melted

Filling:

2 (8-ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, room temperature
2/3 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
4 Tbs. Lime Juice
1 Tbs. Lime Peel, grated
1 16 Oz. Container Sour Cream

Sour Cream Chocolate Ganache:

2 ½ C. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 C. Sour Cream
3 Tbs. Oil

Lime Curd:

Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat.  While whisking constantly, bring to a boil and let boil for 30 seconds.  The ingredients should thicken.  Put the side.

Crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 14×4 inch tart/quiche pan with non-stick cooking spray.  In a bowl, mix together the graham crackers, sugar and butter until thoroughly combined.  Press half the crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and on the sides of each pan. Bake 5 minutes. Cool completely.

Filling:
With an electric hand mixer, mix the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lime juice, lime peel and sour cream until completely blended.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Pour half of the curd on each graham cracker crust.  Spread carefully with the back of a spoon or side of a knife until the bottom of each crust is covered.  Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the curd and spread evenly.  Bake for 40-45 minutes until the cheesecake is set.  When cheesecake is done, set on a cooling rack and make the ganache.

Ganache:
In a medium saucepan melt the chocolate chips, oil and sour cream over medium-low heat until thoroughly combined and smooth.  Stir constantly so the chocolate does not burn.  Spread evenly over each tart and smooth with the back of a spoon or knife.  Sprinkle with lime zest and/or sea salt if desired.  Refrigerate until ready to eat.  May be refrigerated for 2 days or frozen up to 1 month.
 
 

Cheesecake Truffles: DIY

Congratulations Rachel Kravetz on winning the truffles just in time for Shavuot!
I included the recipe below for you to enjoy at your Shavuot table and long Memorial Day weekend!






















Cheesecake Truffles

24 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
2 C. Sugar
6 Eggs
32 Oz. Sour Cream
2 tsp Vanilla
12 Oz. Milk or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
8 Oz. White Chocolate Chips
3TBS. Oil
Preheat oven to 350.  Using an electric mixer, beat all the cake ingredients until smooth.  Pour into a 10 inch non-stick spring form pan and bake for 1 hour.  Cool and put in refrigerator to set.
Line 2 cookies sheets with parchment paper. Using a small ½ or 1 inch ice scream scoop, scoop out the cheesecake and place on parchment paper.  Using slightly damp hands and roll each into a ball shape.  Freeze.  Melt milk or semi-sweet chocolate with 2 TBS. Oil and put sticks into each of the truffles.  Dip in the melted chocolate and put back on parchment paper.  Freeze.  Melt white chocolate with 1 TBS. Oil.  Hold up each individual truffle by the stick and dip a whisk in the white chocolate.  Shake back in forth over each individual truffle to create white streaks.  Put back on parchment paper and freeze till you are ready to enjoy!

Win A Half Dozen Frozen Cheesecake Truffles

CONTEST!! WIN A HALF DOZEN FROZEN CHEESECAKE 
TRUFFLES!

Rules: 

1) Tell me, only on the Alibabka contest facebook post, your favorite cheesecake flavor
2) Share this contest and page on your wall
3) Have your friends vote on your favorite flavor and “like” the AliBabka fan page
4) The person with the most votes on their cheesecake flavor wins!
5) Contest Ends on Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:59 pm 
*Open to people living in NY and NJ (they’re frozen)