One of these amazing friends, Carla, texted me last minute asking me if I could make her boyfriend's birthday cake. I will jump at any excuse to bake instead of doing my homework, and since I love Carla and Zach, I immediately said yes and began brainstorming. Carla said that Zach likes vanilla and alcohol, and I texted her every possibility I could think of in five minutes. This is what she chose:
Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cheesecake
Recipe adapted from here
Yield: 1 10" cheesecake (approx 16 servings)
1 1/2 cup Nilla Wafer crumbs
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
|In a large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Stir in melted butter until all crumbs are coated.|
|Press into a 10" spring form pan.|
2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 8oz package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla
seeds of 1 vanilla bean
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup milk (I used soy)
1/3 cup whiskey
|Beat cream cheese on high until fluffy|
|Split vanilla bean and remove seeds|
|I placed the seeds in the soy milk so I wouldn't lose any in the process|
|Add in remaining ingredients all at once and stir in just until combined.|
DO NOT OVERBEAT.
|Pour batter over crust.|
|Cover edges of pan with tin foil to prevent the water bath from seeping into the crust|
Follow the steps for cooling and removing the sides of pan as listed here.
I also made a simple syrup, reduced it down, and added in a generous splash of whiskey. I don't have any pictures of it because it was intended to be poured over individual pieces before serving.
I wish I could tell you first hand how amazing this cheesecake is, but I can't. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to Zach's get-together to try it myself, but Carla promised me that it was delicious. I guess I will just have to find a reason to make another...
Here's to making it a great year.
Love and cookies,