I've always loved baking but lately I've been loving it more and more and now that's summer, I actually have time to bake!
My friend who's a 7th grade teacher had her kids make truffles for their mothers for Mother's Day. What a great idea! I don't remember making anything for my mom at school for Mother's Day...do you? Maybe a card?
So anyways, I asked her for the recipe because hey, if 7th graders can do it, surely I can too.
And easy it was! You can use all sorts of different coatings but I went with cocoa powder and pistachios.
The recipe she gave me was really simple- just the way I like it! Why haven't I made these before?!
They are really really rich though. I recommend a little more cream cheese and a little less icing sugar.
I chopped up the pistachios but didn't think to toast them!
Untoasted, and after being in the fridge overnight, the pistachios were not as crunchy! I think if they were toasted, they would taste better and be a little more crunchy!
In addition to these truffles, I also wanted to make something else!
Remember these keylime cupcakes? I initially planned to make these as they main dessert but then I had the brilliant idea to make a keylime cheesecake instead.
It's been several years since I last made a cheesecake. About 5 years in fact. I remember making it with my friend and we had to take turns beating the cream cheese by hand because we didn't have an electric mixer. Talk about a major work out! But the cheesecake turned out well and I love cheesecake so I figured I'd give it a shot. How hard could it be right?
I don't know what happened! I tried baking this thing for over almost 3 hours and it just would not bake. And there I was, happy that the top hadn't cracked!
I even Googled it and tried rebaking it at a lower temperature. I tried the water bath method which I had never even heard of!
I thought just the center hadn't baked but when I cut into it, I realized, none of it, other than the top layer had baked. Even the crust was soggy... what in the world...by this time it was 2am.
So I did what anybody would do after trying to bake a cheesecake for 4 hours. I shredded it. This pic was taken about half way through my anger. Haha
Ok so I MIGHT have an idea of what went wrong.
The recipe called for butter.
I didn't have any. It was 10pm, the party was at noon the next day so... I used margarine. It was only 6 tablespoons. How much damage could happen with 6 tablespoons?
Well I think that's where I went wrong.
But still. Really? There was only margarine in the crust. Would margarine prevent the whole cake from not baking?
Well, either way... it was a major fail.
I'm a little gun shy now.... pancake flat cookies, uncooked cheesecake... I'm not on a good roll. I might have to give it some time before I try a cheesecake again. =)