so here's how i came to make my VERY FIRST cheesecake
tara made this cheesecake and told me about it via email and it sounded just DIVINE!
then friends of ours gave me a giant bag of limes
so what's a girl to do?
make her very first cheesecake. EVER!!!
easy peasy biscuit base that gets cooked first
miss 14 juicing the limes
large quantities of cream cheese and sour cream
yummy to lick!
cheesecake mixture on top of base - cooked on low heat for 50 mins
candying the limes
sugaring the limes
sugaring the limes MACRO style!
hmmmmm - then when you leave the house, your husband (who has had NO part of the process up until this point) - takes the cheesecake out of the oven and pops the spring form pan and this giant crack [in the universe] appears!!!
but i couldn't be mad, coz when i came home, miss 14 says to me
"mum! i didn't stuff it up!!!"
(she was in charge of the 50-minute cooking bit)
so when life gives you cracked cheesecake
you make a smiley face
KEY LIME PIE
150g digestive biccies finely crushed (graham crackers)
2 tablespoons sugar
50g butter, melted
570g cream cheese (not low fat), softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream (not low fat)
3 tablespoons plain flour
3 large eggs
3/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
3-4 limes , thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 190 degrees (C)
Combine bisc crumbs and sugar, stir in butter. Pat mixture evenly onto the bottom and 1cm up the side of a buttered 25cm springform tin. Bake the base in the centre of the oven for 8 mins. Transfer pan to a rack and set aside to cool.
Beat together the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the sour cream and flour, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the lime juice and vanilla, beat until smooth. Pour the filling over the base and bake for 15 mins, then reduce the temperature to 120 degrees and bake for 50-55 minutes or until the centre is BARELY set. Allow to cool on a rack, then refrigerate overnight, covered.
For the candied lime, place the water and one cup of the sugar in a pan. Boil until the sugar dissolves. Add the lime slices and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile place the rest of the sugar on a flat tray.
Remove the limes from the heat , strain and dry on absorbent paper. Cool slightly then place one at a time on the tray of sugar to coat. Place around the edge of the cheesecake in an overlapping manner and serve.
...and here's a measurements converter for anyone who needs it!
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