Monday, April 27, 2009

Cheesecake deconstructed...

This month the challenge from The Daring Bakers was to make a cheesecake and get creative about the presentation of it. Now here in Denmark cheesecake is 124known, of course, but it's not a big thing, where we have contests about the best recipe or where the magazines are filled with different styles of cheesecake fillings and such.

Personally I looove cheesecake and this recipe was simple and yet gave a really great outcome (applause). I tried to deconstruct the cheesecake. Turned it upside down and played with the idea of crust being a heavy dough bit of grahamcrackers and butter. I played it lowkey ith the usual top - my buttom - and made my own crust to put on top. I added a bit of lemon juice to the cheesecake filling but otherwise left it minimalistic.

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

I made the filling according to the recipe given by Jenny. The crust cookies were made using this recipe:

70 g. sugar
70 g. brown sugar
100 g. butter, softened
70 g. flour
100 g. graham flour
50 g. rolled oats
1 egg
½ ts. baking powder
1 ts. vanilla extract
1/4 ts. salt
A handful of almonds, finely chopped

Turn on oven to 175 C.

Mix sugars and butter, then add the egg and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Add flours, oats, salt, almonds and baking powder. When well integrated make a bigg ball of the dough and leave it in your fridge for a couple of hours covered with plastic wrap. Roll out half the dough at a time and use small cookie cutters (choose your own favorites or use a small glass even) and cut cookies to put on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in oven for about 10 - 15 minutes depending on size.

This recipe yields about 100 small cookies but I assure you that no matter the size you choose, they'll be a great snack to go in your lunch box or with a good cup of coffee after a day's work.

This leaves us only to thinly slice a few strawberries and decorate the plate. Place the cheesecake on top and finish off with the crust cookies.


  1. It looks very pretty this way. Thanks for being a part of the April Daring Baker's Challenge!

    Jenny of JennyBakes

  2. Fantastic and so creative!