The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. For this challenge we were given a basic recipe and were given free reign to spice it up, changing the flavor, crust, etc. I knew that I wanted to do something with espresso flavoring, but I figured an entire cheesecake might be a little overpowering. I was stuck between two different flavor combinations: Caramel Mocha Cheesecake or Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake. In the end, I went with the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake because Tuesdays with Dorie is currently have a month of chocolate recipes and I needed a small break.
At first I wanted to do the cheesecake in two distinct layers, an espresso layer and a vanilla layer. In the end this didn’t work out as planning and I just swirled them together 🙂 I made a caramel sauce which I used to drizzel on the top of the cheesecake in a crosshatch pattern and then added whipped cream rosettes for an added bonus because who doesn’t like whipped cream on cheesecake 🙂
This was probably one of the best cheesecakes I have ever made. It turned out perfect. I really couldn’t believe that I didn’t have any cracking or sinking. The texture was smooth and creamy. The flavor was spot on and awesome. (more…)