Desserts

My grandma’s birthday is this week and her party is today.  For the event I made New York style cheesecake and a Minnie Mouse cake.  Cheesecake isn’t my favorite dessert, but it is still pretty good.  I often make gooey cheesecake with lots of additions like chocolate or caramel or some other yummy item.  But in terms of plain cheesecake…this recipe is superb!  My photo really does not do it justice….

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (recommended: Meyer lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Topping:

  • 12 ounces creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and butter together in a mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into the springform pan and using a mixing cup press the crumbs into the base. Using your fingers gently press crumbs into the sides of the pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Let cool.

Filling:

In a food processor, cream the cream cheese and the sugar together. Add the zest and vanilla, Blend until smooth. Add 5 egg yolks and heavy cream, pulse until smooth. Pour into a large clean bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until a soft froth forms. Add 2 tablespoons sugar slowly to the egg whites and continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Fold into cream cheese, a little bit at a time until fully integrated. Pour into the prepared springform pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until firm. Let cool for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Topping:

Mix the creme fraiche and sugar together and gently spread over the top of the cooled cheesecake. Bake for 5 minutes. Let cool until the topping is set or chill overnight and serve. Best served at room temperature.

I used a mold for Minnie (it was actually a Mickey mold) and had a lot of fun with it!

Gratitude

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

I have been absent for awhile due to some family stuff.  I hope to start back up with daily verses tomorrow.  Today I wish you all a blessed day with your families…do not take them for granted.  I also pray that our heroes be remembered.

Over the last week with all that has been going on I am in awe over how awesome God is.  He is always good, always gracious, always loving, always strong.  I am also in awe over how gracious our family and friends have been.  What treasures they are!  Their giving, support and prayers are mighty.  I hold much gratitude in my heart for each of them.

That is all for today…enjoy!

God’s To Do List

At church last night we sang a song with this line…

“You paint the morning sky with miracles in mind.”

What an amazing thought!  As God prepares for the day His to do list is running through His mind.  How exciting to know what miracles are going to play out in the day.  At the same time, how difficult to know what heartbreaks He will carry us through during the day, as well.  Because He already knows what is going to take place, He already knows what joys and sorrows each day holds.

I know God’s timing and days are different than ours, but it is fascinating to think that as He paints the sky He has miracles in mind.

5.21.12

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.

Philippians 2:5-7

 

WOW!  What a humbling verse!