I've bought Juniors Cheesecake Cookbook, probably last year and I'm a bit embarrass to admit it but this is the first time I have EVER used it. I have bought 2 kg of cream cheese in Price Mart (like K*mart) like a month ago, and haven't used those as well. What would I do with that much cream cheese? Well...make cheesecake of course, it's like killing two birds with one stone. I get to used up my cream cheese stock and try a recipe from this book.Not wanting the whole crust making thing, I opted for the little cheesecake versions which was so cute! Using the same cheesecake base, I topped them three ways with blueberries, cherries and chocolate fudge. I was a bit disappointed with these though the book said it makes a dozen little fellas, but I barely made it to 11. The cheesecake base was a bit thicker than what I'm used to, was expecting to spread out while baking but unfortunately they didn't. These babies have little humps underneath all the glossy fillings.I'm not ashamed to admit that I used canned pie filling for the cherries and the blueberries, which is a big mistake specially with the cherry. The cherries are a bit on the soft side, I'm not sure if it's natural for pie fillings but they didn't taste appetising. I expected a maraschino cherry texture, crisp and sweet, well next time I might try using those. The pie filling blueberries I like, I now nothing beats the fresh or frozen kind, but didn't have those handy and they can be quite expensive and a bit hard to find. The chocolate swirls are made with homemade fudge sauce that was suppose to top my stracciatella but they didn't make it in time, used the sauce here instead.All in all, I'm a bit disappointed with this cheesecake, they aren't as soft or as light as I expected to be, but instead they are dense which is fine but not what I was craving then. However, do expect another attempt in these little babies, I liked the idea of having handy little cheesecakes that you can just pick up and go about your way.
I'm a nine to five pencil pusher who loves to play with flour and paper during my free time. Dreams of going to Europe and eat croissants and make pastries all day long!
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