First of all, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and many blessings for the upcoming New Year. Thank you for your continued support and I will continue to do my best to make the New Year even sweeter! I know I have been on a kick with desserts, but that is the only thing I really have time to take pictures of right now. Dinner has been getting things on the table as fast as I can, and before I realize it “Oops! I forgot to get the camera!” One of my New Year’s resolutions is to take life at a more leisurely pace and enjoy the smells that come from my kitchen along the way.
I do have one fantastic announcement! I am going to culinary school! I will be starting classes towards the middle of the year and I hope to take you along with me. The school requires that some general education course be taken and once I get those under my belt the exciting classes will start. I am nervous and terrified and excited and anxious at the same time! I haven’t decided yet if I want to embark on a baking and pastry degree or a culinary degree… both will benefit me, but which one am I more interested in? Did I mention how excited I am?!!!!!!
|The sister's mouth is big enough for the whole thing. Hehe|
It had to be centerpiece worthy. It had to elegant. It had to match the table. It had to be out of this world delicious. Basically it had to be perfect. So I buried myself in my books, fussed and fretted over every detail and made myself, my mother, sister and grandmother all crazy because I couldn’t come up with anything. Seriously, I think they almost kicked me out of the job. I couldn’t decide on the flavor, anything chocolate would mess with the white theme of the table. I didn’t want to do anything with nuts, just in cases there was a nut allergy and it needed to be blog worthy. I gave up on my cookbooks and started looking to the internet for pictures of fancy desserts. I focused on white desserts, things with sparkle, things that would match the table. Low and behold after hours of looking, I came across a white chocolate peppermint cheesecake.
It had everything I was looking for! Elegance, sparkle and the taste of Christmas! Of course white chocolate, how come I didn’t think of that sooner! So the baking commenced! It was creamy, light, and fluffy and it had a refreshing hint of peppermint. Everything was perfect, except for the fact that it turned pink.
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
½ cup butter, melted
2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 8 ounce container mascarpone cheese
¾ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
¾ cups finely crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water (double boiler) gently melt the chopped white chocolate until smooth.
- Mix the melted butter and the crushed graham crackers and press into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form cake pan.
- Bake crust for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar, salt with an electric mixer until combined.
- Beat in white chocolate and peppermint
- Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined.
- Pour batter onto crust. It should come up to the top of the pan.
I baked the cheesecake in a water bath to prohibit any cracking on top. I put the cheesecake in my large roasting pan and filled with water to halfway up the sides of the cheesecake. Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and until there is a one inch visible ring of doneness. Let cheesecake cool in pan for half-an-hour and use a knife to run around the pan and the cheesecake. Gently remove sides of pan and let cheesecake cook completely before storing in the refrigerator for 8 hours. The cake will set more as it chills.
For the decoration, I covered the cake with the rest of the white baking chocolate I had. I melted it and painted the cake. I needed to hide the pink. It formed a delicious crust and crunch. I then sprinkled the cake with silver and clear sprinkles. It was a success.