[I can’t figure out how to fix the stupid pictures in this — it even makes my head spin. Sara, any assistance would be appreciated.]
Okay – pardon the potentially blasphemous play on words, but I couldn’t help it. I made this on the last Wednesday of Easter. Sorry Jesus. I won’t pretend that butter, cream cheese, and milk chocolate are the equivalent to 40 days and nights of temptation in desert at the hands of the devil, but it was too tempting… (I’ll stop.)
Back in December, I donated a cheesecake – on demand – to the Butte Falls, OR high school scholarship fund. Butte Falls is a SMALL town that typifies those of southern, rural Oregon. Also, typical of such towns is that it produces wonderful, caring people. A co-worker of mine is one such individual. I donated 2 baked goods – on demand – to the auction for benefit of the school’s senior class. My friend is on the “scholarship” committee and tirelessly spends her time fundraising for these students. The lucky individual who purchased the Snickers Cheesecake decided that she wanted it on Easter. I obliged.
I loosely used the recipe found here.
First, I blended 1 box of graham crackers, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and butter in a food processor and pressed it into a 10 in. cheesecake pan, with parchment paper.
Then I had to make the caramel. You have to brown the sugar and water, which requires consistent boiling, and then add some butter. I think it was a little too caramelized in the end
Pour that over the crust and ignore it while you tackle the actual cheesecake portion. If you have a kitchenaid, this would be ideal, but because I don’t, I’ll attest that a hand mixer is acceptable.
Blend softened cream cheese with sugar and then add the beaten egg yolks, vanilla, and flour. Fold in the whipped egg whites and snickers pieces.
Now, pour into the pan and bake at 290 for about 2 hours.
When it comes out of the oven, don’t be too dismayed if it’s a bit cracked. I suppose the best thing to do to avoid this is to bake it in a water bath. But, I don’t have the time or the patience.
Of course, you layer it with more snickers and chocolate, so no one really notices anyway. And, I’d add that throughout the whole process, I did not cave to temptation and not a sample was had.
*** This website has some excellent tips for perfecting the cheesecake.