Sunday, September 18, 2011

End of Summer Cheesecake: Emily’s Review

I was thrilled to make one last summer dish with the raspberries I picked in my mother-in-law’s yard (thanks, Molly!) before we transition into soups, pumpkin and all things fall.

I was also very happy to see this recipe was for bars and not a “cake”. I’m a dessert person but sometimes a huge, rich, slice of cheesecake is just too much. Bars = forced portion control. Click here for September’s cheesecake recipe.

I’ve been wanting to find more sweet and savory recipes using cheese made from the milk of these cutie pies. Curtis met these guys while on a business trip. I have a thing for goats. And goat cheese.

I did just that. Forget the reduced-fat Neufchatel; this was 100% goat cheese, my favorite Greek yogurt and delicious raw honey my beautiful Megs sent me from Savannah.

First obstacle I ran into is this recipe called for two racks in your oven. I only have one. Ghetto – right? Someday when my kitchen is renovated I’ll really appreciate all my top notch appliances and an oven with two racks! But I made it through by just filling two tiny bowls with water and putting them on each side of the pan while it baked.

Second obstacle. This is supposed to be dessert. Where’s the chocolate!? I debated back and forth on if I should turn this into a chocolate cheesecake or just make a chocolate sauce to go with it. Chocolate and raspberries are divine together after all. In the end the chocolate sauce won out because I wanted to be able to taste the goat cheese cheesecake on its own. And this Ethan Stowell chocolate sauce recipe (see below) I found uses honey, so I was sticking true to the theme.

For the crust, I used whole almonds (vs. sliced), melted the butter and added a few shakes of cinnamon. Like Missy’s, my cheesecake was ready to come out of the oven after 45 minutes.

The verdict? The goat cheese was yummy, but I’d love to do a side by side comparison because I’m not sure it tasted that different or was quite as adventurous as I thought it might be. This was a super easy, quick recipe to make and I agree with Missy, it turned out delicious and was not sugary sweet, but just right.

Isn’t this sweet? It feels like Valentine’s Day in September.

The leftover chocolate sauce was perfect on top of ice cream!

Chocolate Sauce
Ethan Stowell

• 8 oz. 70% bittersweet chocolate, chopped
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1/4 cup honey

Put chocolate in a medium bowl. Stir cream and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble; pour over chocolate and whisk until smooth. Keep warm. (I just put all the ingredients in a double boiler and melted over very low heat, stirring constantly.) DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm before using.

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  1. Yum! Adam loves cheesecake. I find it a bit too rich but love a bite or two. Your pictures are especially lovely.

  2. I love these little bars! So cute - heart shaped bites of tastiness! My favorite is the cute red ramekin w/ ice cream and cherry, though! :) That chocolate sauce recipe sounds SO good!

  3. Emily are you kidding me with those photos? You could be a professional food photographer and stager. Those look so delicious and adorable. We'll need to re-post this one in february for sure.

  4. Curtis takes 98% of the photos - guess I should start giving him credit in my posts!

  5. I agree re-post in February - wow! Nice work Curtis. How much will he charge to take the Cudworth's Christmas card portrait? No I'm serious. Of course the subject is beautiful itself. Nice work Em!

  6. Your pictures are soooo amazing! I can't wait for you beauty feast! I am so glad you two are so romantic, heart dessert in September love it.

  7. Oooh I like this post. I really appreciate your 1) love for goats milk/cheese, and raw honey, 2) your belief that if it's a dessert, it's gotta have chocolate in it somewhere, and 3) your make-shift water bath for the baking =) And that you wanted to adventure into making it sweet and savory. Surprised you used 100% goats cheese, and thought it wasn't too strong/overpowering!
    btw, I had the most amazing decadent Goats Milk-Caramel chocolate truffle at a fancy chocolate shop in Jackson Hole, WY... Loved it, such a great combination! :)