Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake (Page 757)

  • Date: Monday, December 24, 2007 -- 4pm
  • Location: Fond Du Lac, WI
  • Kitchen: My Parents' Apartment
  • Dining Companions: Matty, Terry, Teri, Spencer, Marie, Jeff, Joe K, Sue K, Katie, Brian K, Amy, Ellie, Grandpa, Grandma, Julie, John, Anne, Joe, Alex A, June, etc...
  • Recipe Rating: B-

My cousin Anne threatened not to come to the Christmas Eve celebration unless I made something chocolate, so I made this chocolate caramel cheesecake. I found this recipe a bit disappointing. This recipe is a typical cheesecake base (cream cheese, sour cream, eggs...) with chocolate and caramel mixed in. The first step of this recipe is making the caramel. The caramel was delicious, but unfortunately the flavor was completely lost behind the flavors of the chocolate and cream cheese. There is no sense in going through the effort of making caramel if you can't even taste it. The other issue I had with it was that this cheesecake was extremely dense, even for a cheesecake. It was just too heavy. The flavor was fine though -- it could have used a bit more sugar, but the chocolate taste was good. I enjoyed eating it, however I wouldn't make it again. It would have been improved by having the caramel swirled in rather than mixed into the batter. Alternately, a caramel sauce to accompany it might have brought out the flavor of the caramel in the cheesecake. Then you would have at least been able to distinguish the caramel flavor.

Here is the recipe.

It is 3:11 pm on Saturday afternoon, and Matt, Brad, Deniz and I are still in our pajamas, sitting in front of the television watching episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 on DVD. We are on our fifth consecutive episode of the day (not to mention that we watched episodes until 2:30am last night). This show is so painful. We often end up with all of us (including Karen and Dave) screaming at the television in disgust/annoyance/disbelief. Brad got Season 3 on DVD for Christmas (we watched all of Season 1 on vacation in Maine in August, and all of Season 2 over Thanksgiving). There are a total of 29 episodes to watch in Season 3. We have 9 episodes left and about a day and half to finish them. At this rate, it will be no problem! I am starting to feel a little gross though -- it might be time to take a shower and start my day! Fortunately, once we finish these last 9 episodes, we are done for a while -- Season 4 is not yet out on DVD!

Time to pay attention now -- the ominous music indicates that something big is about to go down!

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