tomorrow is national cheesecake day. so i ruined 2 cheesecakes on the eve of national cheesecake day. i am such a loser.
you might be thinking..."TWO cheesecakes single mormon chick?" yes. two. the first was worst than the second. let me explain.
as you know, i am having friends over for dinner and wanted to make cheesecake for dessert. at the risk of being redundant, i am an excellent cook, with better than average skills in the kitchen(get your mind out of the gutter). while some might find making a cheesecake from scratch intimidating, i am not one of those people. i have made tons of cheesecakes using a variety of recipes. they are all pretty much the same. cream cheese, eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla, etc. i have been known to whip one up without a recipe. i am that familiar with the making of cheesecakes.
then i found the smitten kitchen recipe. i respected the recipe. i read it several times, noting the differences. no cream. a little flour. a 550 degree oven. WHAT THE ...? five hundred and fifty degrees? did my oven even go up that high? it did.
i mixed up the batter and unashamedly dipped my finger in for a taste. incredible! the recipe is for one giant cheesecake, but i have two small spring form pans, so i split the batter between the two pans and i slid the first one carefully into the oven and gently closed the door. it was supposed to bake for 12 min at the super high temp, but i notice within a few minutes that the crust was burning. although the recipe did not mention a burning crust specifically, it talked about how you shouldnt fear the high temperature because it served a purpose and if you were watchful, it would all be ok. WHATEVER.
somehow i pushed the wrong button when resetting the temperature and instead of cooling down to a gentle 200 degrees to complete the cheesecake perfection, i basically allowed it to burn in the fiery pit of hell of a 550 degree oven.
it came out of the oven looking completely ruined. black. nasty. i couldnt bear to throw it in the trash just then, so i put the second cake in the oven and walked away.
this time i really watched and turned the heat down after 8 minutes. it came out a little darker than i would normally like, but the top was smooth and perfect with not a crack to be seen anywhere.
once cooled, i went poking at the first one and realized there was only a very thin layer on the top of the cake that was actually burnt. i was able to peel it off and although it looks like a train wreck, there is a perfectly good cheesecake underneath.
i will put some kind of sauce or fruit on top to cover the damage and serve the cheesecake on nation cheesecake day.
enjoy a piece(get you mind out of the gutter)for yourself.