This weekend I made my very first incredibly flat cheesecake from this turtle cheesecake recipe. I had never made a cheesecake but it was my best friend’s birthday and she was having a dessert party, so I thought I should try.
It came out amazing!! I was so chuffed with myself as people ate it and complimented on how good it was. I can make cheesecake. Not just the whip up and put in the fridge kind but the baked kind. The HARD KIND!! I’m not a total kitchen failure afterall!
There were a few things I had trouble with as some of the things it called for weren’t available here in the Netherlands. It called for crushed vanilla wafers, but I found a mix for ‘kruimelbodem’ that I used in place of it that seemed to work ok. I had no idea what evaporated milk was, so after a mild panic I found out that what we call koffiemelk here is the closest thing. The caramels were hard to find and expensive, so I had to use Werther’s soft toffees as we don’t have the usual wrapped caramels like you see everywhere back home. Also, we can’t get the harder cream cheese here, just the soft spreadable stuff from the tubs. So the cheesecake is slightly softer than the texture that I think it’s supposed to have.
The deliciously gooey caramel layer. Was so tempted to just eat it with a spoon…
Chopped pecan nuts, seemed like a lot but not when you eat it you hardly notice them.
Chocolate cream cheese filling, I had that spoon out again but I resisted!
Cooked on the edges, darker and still a little wobbly in the center. It’s done!
A little more chocolate won’t hurt anyone, right?
All in all it worked out great though. Even I was impressed with it when I tried it and I’m usually a lot harder on myself than that. I tend to find something wrong with everything I make, but this was just downright delicious. My husband even had a leftover piece for breakfast and I don’t remember him ever doing the sweets for breakfast thing.
I’ll definitely be making this again, perhaps when I am in Canada in October to see how differently it comes out when made with proper North American products. Obviously, if I’m trying to lose weight then making cheesecakes isn’t going to be something I do often.
So if you are out this reading this and have always wanted to attempt to make a cheesecake, just go for it! It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be and if I can do it ANYONE can!
P.S. Just realized this was part of my 101 List! SWEET!! :)