Help, My Cheesecake Cracked!

by Urvashee on January 18, 2018 · 0 comments

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So you’ve followed all the directions to your cheesecake recipe exactly and everything looks great. Things are fine until your cheesecake cools and then you see it. Cracks! The quick fix? Cover it up with a whole bunch of fresh fruit. That’s definitely one option but what if fruit doesn’t pair with your cheesecake flavor or you just don’t like fruit? You could opt to use shaved chocolate or whipped cream. Or, you can repair the crack!

My chocolate chip brownie cheesecake cracked really badly. I found a great way to close up the cracks which I am sharing with you today. Now, I still decided to cover it up with chocolate chips but that was more because I did not want it to look so plain and the area I patched was lighter than the rest of the cheesecake. I’ll admit, and you can tell, I did overcook it a bit. I’m betting that’s why it cracked, but I fixed it. See, no big deal!

Why do cracks happen anyway? Well, there are many reasons but these are the top three:

Overbaking: Cracks form when the cheesecake gets too dry. Take it out of the oven while it’s still jiggly to help avoid this.

High temperature: Your oven is lying to you. Some built in oven thermometers are not accurate and read temperatures that are lower than your actual oven temperature. Cheesecakes are delicate and high temperatures can cause cracking. Get a reliable oven thermometer.

Excess beating: This puts more air into your batter which cause it to rise, then fall, and crack. Only mix until ingredients are incorporated. This is not a cake or cookie. No mixing until “light and fluffy”!

I have not shared my recipe for chocolate chip brownie cheesecake today. To be honest, I was not writing anything down carefully enough to be sharing it with you. Hopefully another time! So instead, here is my recipe for fixing a cheesecake. Sorry I don’t have one of those cool videos of the process either.  If you are in a crisis and freaking out about your cheesecake though, you’ve come to the right place.

REPAIRING CRACKS IN A CHEESECAKE

Ingredients:

small offset spatula

bowl of hot water

clean paper towel

Method:

  1. Start with a cold cheesecake.
  2. With clean fingers, gently press the crack as closed as possible.
  3. To seal any of the remaining space, dip your offset spatula in a bowl of hot water. Be sure to dip it long enough for the metal to warm up.
  4. Use the spatula to gently smooth over the crack.
  5. Wipe the spatula clean with the paper towel and repeat steps 3 and 4 as necessary until you have a smooth top.

 

 

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My Favorite Yogurt Parfait

by Urvashee on January 11, 2018 · 0 comments

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Happy New Year! Getting into shape is always a top resolution for most. I’m betting you’re trying to be good after the holiday cookie binge. As a dessert enthusiast, I used to find it hard to resist anything sweet. A lowered metabolism has now made me more cautious. I’ve also trained myself to find substitutes when I have sweet craving. So let me introduce you to my favorite parfait! This is not something unique but I eat it at least 3-5 times a week so I thought I’d share it with you.

I’m about to name some brands. They have not paid me to write this.  I’m just sharing an easy way to put together a parfait with my personal favorites.  My parfait has evolved over time. Having never eaten yogurt growing up, I was pretty reluctant to try it as an adult. Feeling the need to increase my calcium and protein, I decided to give it a go with Greek yogurt. I tried all kinds of flavors and discovered that Chobani vanilla is not so bad. I can tolerate this, I thought. I did however, load it with all kinds of toppings. Probably more topping than yogurt initially. I slowly changed my ratios and eventually I managed to switch over from vanilla flavored to plain which has less sugar.

yogurt parfait

As I adjusted to eating yogurt more frequently, I started liking other brands of Greek yogurt as well. My new favorite Greek yogurt brand is Fage. I top it with a little bit of Bear Naked v’nilla almond granola, mini chocolate chips or cocoa nibs, and a few goji berries. Notice I have no fresh fruits? Yeah, I’m still working on finding the combination of yogurt and fresh fruit appealing. If you can’t keep your hands off sweets, give this a try. Keep your toppings to a minimum for full health benefits. Or, if your like me and hate yogurt, ease yourself into it by slowly decreasing the amount of toppings over time.

EASY YOGURT PARFAIT

Ingredients:

1 cup of Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons Bear Naked V’nilla Almond granola

1 Tablespoon cocoa nibs or mini chocolate chips

1 Tablespoon goji berries

Method:

  1. Find a pretty glass. Layer half the yogurt at the bottom.
  2. Sprinkle half the granola and half the chocolate chips
  3. Layer the rest of the yogurt over the granola and top with goji berries, and remaining granola and chocolate chips.

Make it a work of ART!

I always serve myself parfaits in these mini trifle bowls. Order yourself a set and create a parfait bar at your next brunch!

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