Now I know most of the women out there are looking at this picture thinking "Heaven" but ya know what's weird, my wife isn't really a fan of chocolate. In fact she's not really a big "sweets" person at all, which just goes to show God's sense of humor for putting us together.
Brittany, yes Brittany, not Brittney this one is for you....chocolate chip cheesecake and beer. (by the way, this is before baking so that's why it's not ugly yet)
My 3 favorite "B's" Brittney, baking, and beer....haha she told me to put that.
This is my vanilla mocha swirl crust, just a store brand oreo crust, but I accidentally bought the ones with chocolate filling. While I was at the store I thought I saw that they were chocolate cookies with peanut butter filling, which was perfect for my chocolate chunk peanut butter cheesecake, but when I got home I realized that either I can't read, or I grabbed the wrong bag....at 29 yrs old (i think) lets hope it's the latter. This thing I'm using to pack my crumbs together was a gift from my mom. I have no idea what it's supposed to be used for but it works well for rolling out crust.
Hahaha, so about the coconut cream turned banana cream cheesecake.... Let's start at the beginning....(and I know my mom is over there singing "a very good place to start..." yes I've suffered through the sound of music one too many times.) For mothers day last year, or the year before, don't remember...I thought about the fact that my mother's favorite pie is her mother's coconut meringue pie so I set out to make a coconut cream cheesecake. I figured meringue probably wouldn't go so perfectly with a cheesecake, but now that I'm telling the story it's got the wheels turning...maybe its not such a bad idea after all. So back to the story, I just happened to find some coconut cream Jello instant pudding one day and thought, "might as well let Jello do all the work, and I'll take the credit." So I whipped up my usual 3,2,1 recipe and threw in a couple boxes of the pudding. Two boxes might be a little overkill, but I'm anything but conservative when it comes to cooking....politics yes, cooking no. If it says 1 tsp of vanilla I use 2 Tbsp. Never been too good at following the rules, and recipes are just rules after all aren't they? After I baked it, I sprinkled a little coconut on top and toasted it...good initiative, bad judgement...I burned the coconut. Ooops, but it still tasted great and was an instant hit. Since that first one, which I think had a vanilla wafer crust, I have experimented with different cookies, and finally found some coconut cookies that are awesome as a crust.
Tonight though...I looked in the cupboard and found no coconut cream Jello instant pudding, no, it was a box of banana cream pudding mix...they both come in a yellow box, how was I to know. Oh yeah back to the grown man being able to read thing. Have I mentioned that when I was a kid they said I had ADD?
As you can see from the picture, my banana cream cheesecake was a miniature one. I can't find the bottoms to all my springform pans. Apparently I have left them all over town and I guess people are holding them for ransom or something....what they don't understand is that they have to return the bottom to get a new cheesecake. It's kinda like Marie Calendar's where you return the pie tin to get a discount...well maybe not like that at all but oh well.
Since it's a mini cheesecake, I didn't use 2 boxes, I only used about a fourth of one, and it turned out pretty well. The batter had a great flavor, I'll just have to whip up some whipped cream to top it with before I sell it tomorrow.
Definitely NOT cheesecake. This is my chicken concoction, I had some jalapeno dip in the fridge that I needed to get rid of so I threw the chicken in the bowl, then scooped out the dip on top and topped it all with about 2 tbsp of butter (real butter). Let me just say "Wow!" It was mighty tasty. Give it a try......now back to cheesecake....
Look at that perfect espresso, I should open a coffee shop or something.
We shall see how they turned out.....but that is for another time and another place. Good night world.