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Merry Christmas Eve!!!

December 24, 2011

For the first time in 1,000 years, I’m actually not the one prepping for a large Holiday Dinner.  We actually accepted an invitation instead of extending one to 30 something people, lol.  Of course, me being as obsessed with food as I am, my hostess gift will not come in the form of pretty, delicate Holiday related shaped Soaps, I will come bearing the gift of Velvety Creaminess…a Festive Glazed Berry Cheesecake.

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 c crushed Cookies (Graham, Gingersnaps, Amaretti, etc)
  • 6 tb melted Butter
  • 2 ts Sugar 
  • 1/4 ts Nutmeg

For the Cheesecake:

  • 4 Blocks (8 oz ea) Cream Cheese
  • 1 c Sugar (add an addition 1/2 c if you like your Cheesecakes to be very sweet.  I think with the topping, 1 c inside the cake itself is nice).
  • 2 tb Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • Zest of 1 or 2 Lemons (Meyer Lemons would be so divine)!
  • Good Vanilla Extract

For the Berry Good Topping =D

  • 1/2 c or 1 c seedless Berry Jelly (any flavor really will do but keep it in the Berry Family and Preserves/Jam diluted with a couple ts of water work in a pinch)
  • 16 oz (2 c of Berries) Fresh is best if it’s not too expensive.

*1/2 c Jelly for the look of the very first still picture featured above OR
1 c Jelly for a thick, generous layer as shown in the video

–Bake the crust at 350 for 8-10 minutes
–Bake the Cheesecake at 350 for 1 hour.
–Chill for at least 4-6 hours.

    A couple notes to retouch on:
    -Make sure you don’t overbeat…the mixture doesn’t have to look like Milk.  A trace of lumps are good.  This is a good rule of thumb for most everything you bake.  Remember to scrape your bowl often too.
    -Make sure all of your “cold” or “wet” ingredients are at room temperature if you can help it.
    -A water bath will help evenly distribute the heat and gently bake your filling.
    -Don’t forget to double wrap your Springform Pan in Foil for its bath.
    -Allow everything to cool completely…the crust after being baked off, the Cheesecake before spreading the Berries, even the “Jam/Jelly/Preserves” a bit before tossing the Berries in it.
    -Allow the finished Cake to set in the fridge overnight…4-6 hours minimum.
    -If you wipe your knife clean in between each and every cut when serving, you’ll have cleaner slices =D

    Merry Christmas Eve!  I love you all!!!

    Your Squishy Monster

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