I have been meeting so many inspiring people lately! My friend Shara and I got to spend the day in her beautiful kitchen baking! We made so many delicious gluten free and organic recipes. She used to own a chocolate shop and we were sharing our passions in the kitchen over a cup of cold brew! It was the perfect day! I actually periscoped (@NoshOnPosh) the madness. You can watch the step by step below if you didn’t catch it live!
- 1 1/4c Graham crackers
- 5 TBSP Butter- melted
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla
- 1/4 c sugar
- 2 pounds Cream Cheese @ room temp
- 1 1/3c Sugar
- 1 3/4 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2/3 c Sour Cream
- 5 Eggs @ room temp
- 1/2c pick one or two: Peach, Plum, Apricot, Cherry or Nectarine jam
For the Topping:
- Any fruit on top will work: blueberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, strawberries, a mix of fruit is great too
- 1/2c Mini chocolate morsels and/or coarsely ground nuts
Preheat Oven- 300 degrees
Use a 9 inch cake pan
Make a water bath with a broiler or roasting pan.
Crust: Pulse together the graham crackers, salt, vanilla and sugar first.
In a bowl transfer the graham cracker mixture and add in the melted butter. Mix together.
Empty the crust mixture into the 9inch cake pan. Press down firmly with your hands so the crust is evenly distributed. Set aside.
Filling: use a mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed; the cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, vanilla, sour cream, salt. Mix until smooth.
Add eggs in one at a time. Add sour cream.
Put broiler pan or roasting pan in oven with the cake pan filled with mixture above. Add boiling water broiler or roasting pan. About a 1/2 -1 inch boiling water.
Bake 1 hour 20 minutes.
Once done, take out of water bath and let cool at room temp. Chill for atleast 6 hours. Overnight is the best!
When ready to decorate. Heat the bottom on the cake pan a bit. Invert it on to a large plate. The crust will be on top. Then flip again with another large plate and you will have right side up.
Heat jam on low for 2 minutes. Should just be warm. Decorate top of cheesecake with fruit of choice. Add with a party brush, jam to the sides of cheesecake. Then press the chocolate morsels and or nuts firmly into the sides.
We were impatient and flipped the cheesecake way to early. Hence the broken sides, haha. It still tasted delicious!
We wanted to put an Easter twist to this cheesecake so my girlfriend and I made Chocolate Bunny Ears and a tail dusted with sanding sugar. It was super easy!
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
Set out parchment paper, a spoon and sanding sugar.
Be sure to keep stirring the chocolate to prevent burning.
Once melted, spoon onto parchment paper in the shape of bunny ears and a tail. While hot dust with sanding sugar.
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