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I hadn’t baked in a bit when a coworker reminded me that he’d asked me to make a cheesecake for a get together he was having with some friends. Unfortunately I was unable to come thru due to schedule constraints. I vowed to make it up to him at a later date. When that later date came I made sure to make the time to get back to practice.
After purchasing the requisite ingredients I began the process.
I began with a large mixing bowl,
5 packages of cream cheese, 2 cups of heavy cream,
1 cup of whole milk,
1 pint of fresh Ricotta cheese,
4 whole eggs, 2 tablespoons of Almond Extract,
1 whole squeezed lemon
about a 1/2 cup of sugar or more as I regularly sample the taste of the batter always with a clean spoon and palate so that I have the perfect balance between the salty and the sweet. You can add more or less sugar according to your taste. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees.
For the crust I cheated and used store-bought graham cracker crust as it just takes a lot less work in prepping the base when the graham crackers are already crushed.
All that’s required is to transplant the crust into the cake pan press in uniformly all the way round and voila. Not to mention it tastes amazing! I save just a bit of the graham cracker crust for decoration later.
Begin by mixing the wet ingredients with the softened packages of cream cheese before adding the eggs one at a time. Be careful not to get any egg-shell in your mix.
Add the Riccotta cheese into the mix before the eggs and then add the sugar and lemon juice from a fresh lemon careful to avoid seeds if any from falling into the mix. Mix everything on low-speed with an electric mixer if you have one. Don’t mix until completely smooth as I hear it leads to the cake cracking if over beaten.
Pour the cake batter into your 12 x 3 cake pan over the graham cracker crust. Place the cake pan on a rack raised one rung from the bottom of the oven in the center.
Place a cast iron skillet with water underneath the rack that the cake will bake on. This is to help prevent the cake from cracking. Close the door and let the cake bake away for 2 and a half hours.
When time is over turn off the oven and let the cake sit for at least an hour before transplanting to either the freezer or the fridge it’s your preference. I personally like to freeze my cakes as it makes decorating easier later on but the fridge will work fine if you don’t have space in the freezer.
For the topping, I washed fresh ripe strawberries and sliced them before layering on some cream cheese frosting on the top of the cake. Yes this cake is a decadent one as all cheesecakes should be.
Spread the frosting on the cooled cake evenly before adding the Strawberries and sifting the left over graham cracker crumbs on top. The syrup drizzled over the strawberries was an accident by an “assistant” who didn’t let the strawberries sit and reduce in the sauce long enough to give it that rich strawberry glaze color but it still came out quite nice.
For the syrup we used butter, sugar and a little water in a skillet over medium heat sliced some strawberries and tossed them into the butter and sugar as it cooked.