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4.27.2009

Margarita Cheesecake Daring Bakers Challenge

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. What a great time this challenge was. The idea was to take the original cheesecake recipe and give it any twist you want basically "get creative". I can do that. I knew right off the bat I would be baking a margarita cheesecake to replace this recipe, which I love but is full of chemical frankenfood whip. Here is the recipe we were given to play with.

Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake:

crust:
2 cups / 180 g graham cracker crumbs
1 stick / 4 oz butter, melted
2 tbsp. / 24 g sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

cheesecake:
3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
1 cup / 210 g sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup / 8 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
1 tbsp liqueur, optional, but choose what will work well with your cheesecake

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (Gas Mark 4 = 180C = Moderate heat). Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.

2. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into your preferred pan. You can press the crust just into the bottom, or up the sides of the pan too - baker's choice. Set crust aside.

3. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, and alcohol and blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour batter into prepared crust and tap the pan on the counter a few times to bring all air bubbles to the surface. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. If cheesecake pan is not airtight, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water.

5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done - this can be hard to judge, but you're looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don't want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won't crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

Pan note: The creator of this recipe used to use a springform pan, but no matter how well she wrapped the thing in tin foil, water would always seep in and make the crust soggy. Now she uses one of those 1-use foil "casserole" shaped pans from the grocery store. They're 8 or 9 inches wide and really deep, and best of all, water-tight. When it comes time to serve, just cut the foil away.

Prep notes: While the actual making of this cheesecake is a minimal time commitment, it does need to bake for almost an hour, cool in the oven for an hour, and chill overnight before it is served. Please plan accordingly!


And here is the recipe I came up with.

Margarita Cheesecake-----oven 350 degrees

2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

24 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup milk
juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon lime zest


mix together the crust ingredients and press into a 10 inch springform pan
at this point bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove preferably in something oven proof

meanwhile, combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth
add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg
add milk, lime juice, and zest until smooth and creamy

pour in to the crust in the springform pan and bang lightly on the counter to pop any air bubbles
place the boiling water in the oven and place the cheesecake on the rack above it
bake for 45-55 minutes until it is almost done - this can be hard to judge, but you're looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center you don't want it to be completely firm at this stage
Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour this lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won't crack on the top
after one hour, remove cheesecake from oven let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill once fully chilled, it is ready to serve

The salty sweet crust-

1 fresh egg going in-time for some heat


wow no crack in the top-YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Serving it up

I loved this cheesecake. It was tart and smooth with a crunchy, salty and sweet crust. My boys didn't like it and my husband said "it's good, for a custard". Oh well can't win 'em all right? I will be making this again for me at least and with tequila next time.

22 comments :

  1. Oh no. Now I'm going to need to bake some cheesecake. My thighs curse you! :) hehehe

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  2. OH my girl why do you do that to me! Well it's 9:30 here but the lady I'm working for it's 12:30p so a margarita wouldn't be bad right? LOL What isn't the saying it's noon somewhere, technically I'm working on her time zone right now :)

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  3. That looks wonderful. I do not have a pan to make it though.

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  4. Yum! I made margarita cookies once and they were awesome!

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  5. I bet my husband $100 that cheesecakes weren't baked - how wrong was I??!!

    Looks delicious! :D

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  6. biz319 that's funny!

    Margarita cheesecake for everyone!

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  7. oh yum yums!! I'm going to try making this TONIGHT!

    oooooh, alcohol and dessert.......

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  8. Oh my. That looks SO good!! I need to find a cookout to go to soon so I can make one, have a slice and then pawn the rest off on friends. I might be in trouble with the whole thing!

    I'm evil like that, by the way! Heh heh heh... :-)

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  9. Sounds fantastic...the rest of you family clearly doesn't know what they are talking about! A perfect recipe for upcoming Cinco de Mayo!

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  10. Ooh, I love margaritas. This sounds awesome!

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  11. Have I mentioned that I think you're brilliant? I love love love this idea - especially the addition of the tequila! Yum. Thank you!

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  12. Hey Laura,
    I've got a 'green' award for you at my place. The code is at the very bottom of the post...
    -Carey

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  13. Oooh I bet that was amazing. I love lime.

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  14. Yum, this sounds good and I like this concept a lot. Thanks for being a part of the challenge!

    Jenny of JennyBakes

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