Thanksgiving Idea Recipe: Classic Pumpkin Pie

  The single most requested dessert at our Thanksgiving table is pumpkin pie.
  To concentrate the flavor of pumpkin pie, the pumpkin flesh is roasted before being pureed. Fresh whipped cream is a cool counterpoint to the filling's ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie just wouldn't feel right. Here is our version of the classic pie, plus a few tricks to help you make it the best one you've ever had.
  Canned pumpkin puree is quick and easy to use. Don't substitute fresh pumpkin puree; it will be too watery.

Ingredients For the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons milk





Ingredients For the Filling:

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves or all-spice
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make the Pie Dough: 
  1. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and mix to combine. Add the butter and continue mixing until the mixture holds together when you clump it, and there are pecan-sized lumps of butter still visible.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the yolks and milk in small bowl.
  3. Add the yolk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until a dough forms. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap, wrap well and store in the refrigerator for several hours.
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll half of the dough into a 11 to 12-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Line the pan with the dough and crimp the edges. Chill the pie shell for about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Line the pie shell with aluminum foil and fill with dried beans. Bake the shell until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and beans.
Make the Filling: 
  1. Combine the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, and spices in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend continuously until the brown sugar is completely mixed in and the puree looks glossy.
  2. Transfer the puree to a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until you see wisps of steam rising from the puree, then stir continuously until the mixture is very steamy and "plops" when you pause for a second. The mixture will also start to smell like spices and cooked pumpkin. Total stove time will be about 5 minutes.
  3. Off the heat, whisk the milk and cream into the pumpkin puree. To warm the eggs and ensure that they don't cook when you add them to the pumpkin mixture, whisk them together in a separate bowl, then whisk in a few spoonfuls of the warm pumpkin mixture. Slowly whisk the eggs into the saucepan with the pumpkin mixture. Whisk in the vanilla.
  4. Place the partially-baked pie crust on a parchment-lined baking sheet and set it near the stove. Carefully pour the warm pumpkin mixture into the warm pie crust. If it looks like there's too much filling for the crust, stop when you come close to the edge of the crust.
  5. Carefully transfer the baking sheet with the pie to the oven and immediately turn down the heat to 375°F. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes — until the pie is puffed in the middle, but still jiggles when you gently shake the pan. You'll also see small cracks form in the outer part of the pie and some bubbling around the edge. Check the pie every 15 minutes or so and cover the crust with a ring of foil when it becomes deep brown.
  6. Let the pie cool before serving — it will continue to set as it cools. This pie can be baked a day or two ahead; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

How to Make the best Frappe

  During warm and sunny days and especially in spring and summer, I prefer to drink the cold Frappe instead of the warm  coffee.
  How about a sweet, cool frappe to refresh you on a summer's day? In this instructable I'll show you how to make an iced coffee frappe at a fraction of the cost to buy one at coffee shops. Here's how to make a single frappe to enjoy. :)

What do you need!


  • Instant coffee in granule or powder form (any brand will do)
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Cold water
  • Cold milk (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • A frappe mixer
  • A tall glass
  • A tea-spoon
  • A drinking straw
  • Frappe drinkers :)
Step by step



1. Measure the coffee. Put two to three teaspoons of high-quality instant coffee into a shaker.
2. Add sugar. Depending on your personal preference, you can add anywhere from one to four teaspoons of sugar, or none at all.
3. Add water. Next, add a small amount of water: two to three teaspoons (10-15ml). It's important that your coffee and sugar be covered with water, but too much water will decrease the foaminess of the drink.
4. Blend . Place the ingredients in a blender and pulse until they become smooth and frothy.
5. Pour the frappe into a glass. Use a chilled glass or mug to keep it cold for a longer period.
6. Add ice. Add some ice cubes to the glass, filling it up half to two-thirds of the way.
7. Add milk, if desired. Some people like milk in their frappé, while others find it more refreshing without.
8. Add water. Add cold water to fill the glass.
9. Stir with a straw. Always serve with a straw, as the drink will need to be stirred periodically during consumption to combine the froth with the liquid.
10. Enjoy!


Reasons to Drink Green Tea

 Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet.
 Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression.
  The leaves are supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed.
  Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants (notably catechins).
  All types of tea (green, black and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea, while the leaves of black tea and oolong involve fermentation.
  Green tea is alleged to boost weight loss, reduce cholesterol, combat cardiovascular disease, and prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Overview
Tea has been cultivated for centuries, beginning in India and China. Today, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Hundreds of millions of people drink tea, and studies suggest that green tea (Camellia sinesis) in particular has many health benefits.
There are three main varieties of tea - green, black, and oolong. The difference is in how the teas are processed. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals - damaging compounds in the body that change cells, damage DNA, and even cause cell death. Many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants such as polyphenols in green tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant, a diuretic (to help rid the body of excess fluid), an astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health. Other traditional uses of green tea include treating gas, regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes.


Help prevent multiple cancers
The study of green tea and cancer prevention is still in early stages, but the results are promising. Researchers suspect that polyphenols in green tea help kill cancer cells and stop their progression, an important role to prevent various cancers. 
In a study of 472 women with breast cancer, those who drank the most green tea experienced the least spread of the disease. Researchers also found that women in the early stages of breast cancer who drank at least five cups of green tea every day during their diagnoses were less likely to have the disease recur after the completed treatment. 
• In looking at more than 35,000 women in the Iowa Women's Health study, those who drank two or more cups of tea a day were almost 30 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than those who rarely drank tea.
 • One Chinese study found that men who drank more than three cups of tea a day reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 70 percent. In another study funded by the National Institute of Health, 79 men with prostate cancer were told to either drink 6 cups of green tea a day or 6 cups of water. After 3 to 8 weeks, the levels of prostate-specific antigen, a protein that may indicate cancer, were lower in the men who drank green tea than those who drank water. An indicator of inflammation, nuclear factor-kappaB, linked to cancer growth, was also lower in the men who drank the green tea.
 • In skin cancer studies, lab animals that were given green tea developed 1/10th as many tumors as animals that were given water. The EGCC in green tea inhibits the production of urokinase, an enzyme that cancer cells need in order to grow. It also seems to stimulate the process of programmed cell death, or apoptosis, in cancer cells.

Make your heart healthier
Green tea contains significant amounts of flavonoids, antioxidants that protect against heart disease by slowing the breakdown of LDL cholesterol, preventing blood clots, and improving blood vessel function. Green tea is also associated with lower cholesterol and lower rates of artery blockages.
 People who drink a cup or two a day have a 46 percent lower risk of developing narrowed arteries. Upping that to three cups a day lowers the risk of having a heart attack by 43 percent and of dying from a heart attack by 70 percent. 
It can even help prevent a second heart attack. In a study of 1,900 patients recovering from heart attacks at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the death rate among patients who drank at least two cups of tea a day was 44 percent lower than among non-tea drinkers.
A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, including cardiovascular disease.
The study followed over 40,000 Japanese participants between the ages of 40 and 79 for 11 years, starting in 1994.
The participants who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of dying (especially from cardiovascular disease) than those who drank less than one cup of tea per day.
Another study found that consuming 10 cups of green tea per day can lower total cholesterol, however, consuming 4 cups or less had no effect on cholesterol levels.

These are some of the many benefits but the reality is one cup of tea a day will not give you all the abundant gains. The jury is out on how many cups are necessary; some say as little as two cups a day while others five cups — and more still say you can drink up to ten cups a day. If you are thinking of going down this route, you may want to consider taking a green tea supplement instead .
However, as a social drink, it appears to be safe in moderate amounts, so lovers of green tea can continue to enjoy it.

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s so cold outside! We are having some really cold weather. This hot chocolate is flavored with Earl Gray tea. The tea gives it more depth of flavor, and scent of bergamot. I can’t think of a more comforting way to warm up at home.
Earl Grey tea is often used to infuse chocolate truffles with citrus fragrance and flavor. Why not use a similar technique to make tea-infused hot chocolate?

Ingredients
1½ cups whole milk
2 teaspoons Earl Grey Tea
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar or more to taste

TOTAL TIME: 6mins
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 1 min

Bring milk just to a boil in a saucepan. Add the tea, turn off the heat (but keep the pan on the warm burner), cover and let stand to steep for 3 minutes. Whisk in the chocolate and sugar until melted and dissolved. Pour through a fine strainer and into a mug and serve immediately. *You can serve topped with whipped cream.

Tips
Loose tea, which is generally of a higher quality than tea found in tea bags, will give you the tastiest hot chocolate blend.
Bergamot is a fragrant orange and the essential oils in the rind are used in perfumery and for culinary.

Drink and enjoy! Get cozy!

What Does Your Coffee Reveal about You?

I drink coffee. I love the coffee. 
The type of coffee you order may reveal more about your personality than you think.
Having a good cup of coffee is more than just about milk or sugar; sometimes it is a whole ritual passed on from mother to daughter, from father to son. From the Ethiopian countryside where coffee was first discovered, to the baroque cafes of imperial Europe and the office streets of Tel Aviv, coffee has adapted to almost every culture, infiltrating even tea-loving countries such as India and UK.

Coffee is the world’s second most popular drink after water, with over 2,611 billion cups of coffee consumed daily worldwide. Within this framework, each one of us still has his/her own way of drinking their cup of coffee.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula recently conducted an observational study of 1,000 coffee drinkers. The survey assessed numerous common personality styles and psychological traits including introversion and extraversion; patience; perfectionism; warmth; vigilance; sensitivity; and social boldness, among others.
In the survey, which is described in Dr. Durvasula’s book entitled You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life, people were given common scenarios that we all find ourselves in: how we approach waiting in long lines, how we plan dinner parties or what our typical weekends look like. Participants were asked to choose from a series of approaches to these scenarios. The survey also asked if they drink coffee and what they typically ordered. The results were not that surprising.

Research found that the black coffee drinkers were straight up, straightforward and no-nonsense individuals. The double decaf, soy, extra-foamy folks tended to be more obsessive, controlling, and detail-oriented. The latte drinkers tended more toward neurotic and people-pleasing, while the instant coffee drinkers had a greater likelihood of being procrastinators. Finally, those individuals who order sweet drinks were the overgrown kids who retained the taste buds and sensibilities of children, while being young at heart.
In a larger sense, though, the choices we make in life often speak volumes about us. Sometimes we make “choices” without thinking like robots. Sometimes our choices in life essentially shape who we are for better or worse. People pleasers, who may try to manage the bitterness of coffee with a little milk, may also try to please others, which can be dangerous if one is always selfless and unassertive when communicating their needs, wants and desires.
Our personalities influence all spheres of our lives — our relationships, our jobs, our perceptions, our attitudes — and obviously will influence our choices. Some people are afraid of making the wrong choice, so in the interim feel safer choosing inaction, which speaks louder than any potential decision rendered.
So stretch out your psyche from time to time, and become a little less resistant to change. Perhaps a great, albeit small, place to start is changing up your usual order next time you go out for coffee. Or, the next time you are in the driver’s seat, don’t be so quick to fire up your GPS.
No matter how different we are, how our history and local culture vary, our love for coffee has no boundaries. It is the most common denominator. When it comes to coffee, we are all big fans, everywhere. Coffee is an important part of our life, and so many beautiful and memorable moments are formed over a cup of coffee, that I am sure each one of you has such a moment to share! 
And if you wonder what good coffee tastes like, an old Turkish proverb says “Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love”


Now tell me, how do you drink your coffee? :)

The Coffee Lovers Gift List

  According to a 2013 survey conducted by the National Coffee Association, approximately 83 percent of adults drink coffee in the United States — the world’s biggest consumer of that beverage. That percentage translates into a little more than 200 million coffee drinkers. Plus, about 63 percent of adult Americans drink a cup of coffee every day and nearly a quarter of drink more than one cup. The average is three cups per person. But what is more interesting than the increasing share of Americans that drink the beverage is the fact coffee has become more than just a caffeine-delivery system. “You could say this nation runs on two dark liquids — petroleum and coffee,” Syracuse University popular culture professor Bob Thompson told USA Today. “Thousands of people are lubricated and made mobile by coffee every single day.”

Rok Espresso Maker
  Manual espresso makers are awesome. For starters, they need no electricity to operate, and the vintage inspired makers are absolutely beautiful. A non-electric espresso maker powered by you. It's a manual-pressure coffee maker made with engine-grade metal, fitted with two arms that you raise and then lower to pull a shot of espresso . It also comes with a frother for your lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos.
  Equipped with rubber, slip resistant legs to protect your kitchen countertops, this is a coffee maker that you will want to put on display for the whole world to see.
  About $200 from various retailers, www.kohls.com , www.staples.com , www.wholelattelove.com . Also see www.rokkitchentools.com.

Chemex Glass Coffeemaker

Invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, the Chemex Coffeemaker brews coffee without imparting any flavors of its own and the resulting beverage is promised to be strong but without any bitterness. Known as a pristine coffeemaker, Chemex employs all the chemically-correct methods of brewing. The one-piece, hourglass-shaped vessel is crafted from non-porous, borosilicate glass with a polished wood collar serving as a insulated handle around the middle of the coffeemaker. That glass is a chemically inert material that does not absorb odors or chemical residues. It was even included on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s list of the 100 best-designed products of modern times.

To use, water must be heated prior to brewing. After the water comes to a boil, the water should be cooled slightly — for about 30 seconds — and then used to wet the grounds, which must be a regular grind so that the filtration rate is not impeded. Once the water has drained and the grounds allowed to bloom, water should be poured up to 1/4-inch from the top of the class and allowed to brew for up to six or seven minutes, for a 10-cup vessel.
A three-cup model runs $37.50 and a ten-cup vessels sells for $45.50 on www.williams-sonoma.com .

Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug
Not everyone owns a car, every car does not have a cigarette lighter, and certainly there are many Americans who do not commute by car — but if you happen to be driving in a car with a cigarette lighter, you can have hot coffee.
This thermally-insulated travel mug comes with a 12-volt power outlet and a digital temperature gauge on its side. Some people could have a problem with the small amount of coffee the mug holds; its capacity is only 8 ounces.
To some coffee drinkers, the mug — with its retro-inspired design — may be a bit of a novelty item. But the fact remains that Americans throw away 25 billion paper cups, which translates into approximately 363 million pounds of waste, and there are numerous unique, environmentally-friendly cups to replace their paper counterparts. Some are even as simple as the “cuppow,” a 100 percent recyclable and BPA-free lid that turns a canning jar into a travel mug.
The pour-over method allows coffee aficionados a greater degree of control on the finished beverage. With this method, the brewer can control the rate of extraction by how fast or how slow the water is poured as well as the temperature of the water. It also brings the focus back to the coffee being made instead of the technology used to make it.
On Amazon, list price of the travel mug is $19.70.

Peet's Coffee Chest
Yum! Coffee, chocolate, biscotti, cookies and more – this gift basket is chockfull of tasty goodies he’s going to enjoy … and want to share. Relish a lazy Sunday morning together by sleeping in, then lounge around in your pajamas, drinking delicious Peet’s Coffee, and snacking on the premium coffee treats. Use the map-themed chest as inspiration to plan the destination of your next getaway!
Measures 12" x 8" x 5
Arrives decorated with a hand-tied satin ribbon
Items are presented in a beautiful map-themed chest.
The price is $64.95 at GiftTree.

Iced Coffee Maker
Iced coffee has taken criticism. For many people, the problem is that most cafes simply put leftover coffee in the refrigerator to use as iced coffee. However, as cold brewing has become more widespread, coffee no longer has to be the beverage that started life out hot. The science behind cold brewing is simple — any ingredient that is water soluble can dissolve and therefore infuse the water with its flavor. If coffee grounds are placed in water for 21 hours, the result is coffee. Of course, heat speeds up the process, but cold-brewing makes a far tastier beverage that is less acidic.
 Bodum Bean Ice French Press runs $37.00 on Amazon.

Death Wish Coffee
There are a ton of great coffees out there that are worth your while, and we could easily make a list on just those, but there’s one thing that really stood out with these beans. Death Wish boasts the title of the world’s strongest coffee with 2x the amount of caffeine as your standard cup of joe. The beans are carefully selected and roasted to perfection in order to provide a bold, smooth and strong cup of coffee.


CapsuleKong
This is a great choice for anyone out there that owns a Nespresso coffee maker. Designed to look just like the classic Donkey Kong game, this thing will add some nice flair to your kitchen, while at the same time providing storage for up to 50 coffee pods. CapsuleKong is a wall mounted display for Nespresso® Pods, inspired by the Arcade classic Donkey Kong. Through countless design revisions and prototypes we finally achieved the perfect spacing and angles to enable the Pods to elegantly roll down the levels from top to bottom.
The design references the original game level and features beautiful scale cut-outs of the game characters, right down to a flaming barrel of Coffee that functions as the Capsule exit...
Kong is produced in gorgeous Anodised Aluminium and stocks exactly 50 Capsules - including the double-barrel shot slot to keep two favourites on hand for quick access anytime.
The price is $170.00 on hologramer.com.

Handpresso Auto Expresso Maker
The team at Handpresso make some pretty solid mobile coffee devices, and this one is a fan favorite. While it doesn’t make a huge cup of joe, its 16-bar pressure is created using nothing more than a 12v cigarette lighter, and is capable of heating up a cup of coffee in just 2 minutes. Price is $162.93 at Amazon.

Sugar Cube Skulls
Whether you’re indulging in some hallucinatory green absinthe, preparing for some epic trick or treating or just having a Halloween cuppa, these Sugar Cube Skulls help the medicine go down. 
Perfect for themed parties or special occasions, these haunting, hand-moulded sugary skulls are a great way to indulge your spooky sweet-tooth. 
Unless you’re sweet enough already. Sure you could just throw any old sugar cube in your coffee, but that wouldn’t be awesome. Made from 100% cane sugar, each pack includes 9 sugar cube skulls.

I hope I could give you ideas! ;)

How to make the Best Classic Cheesecake

Cheesecake is a sweet dish consisting of one or more layers. The main, and thickest layer, consists of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese, eggs, and sugar; if there is a bottom layer it often consists of a crust or base made from crushed cookies (or digestive biscuit), graham crackers, pastry, or sponge cake. It may be baked or unbaked . 
Cheesecake is a moist, delicious mixture of cream cheese, sugar, and eggs baked in a graham cracker or pastry crust. It's also very versatile, working well with a wide variety of flavors ranging from lemon and chocolate to pumpkin. 
Cheesecake is usually sweetened with sugar and may be flavored or topped with fruit, whipped cream, nuts, fruit sauce, and/or chocolate syrup. Cheesecake can be prepared in many flavors, such as; strawberrypumpkinkey limechestnut, or toffee.
While the prep and cooking time is generally three hours, this creamy, dreamy dessert is truly worth it. 

A few tips to guarantee great cheesecake results:
  • Use a springform pan to make it easier to remove your cheesecake after baking.
  • Keep your oven moist to prevent your cheesecake from cracking. Just put a shallow pan of water beneath the cheesecake during baking.
  • You'll know the cheesecake is done when it's puffy around the edges and jiggles a bit in the center when shaken.
Ingredients For Crust

  • 2 cups (475 ml) of Graham cracker crumbs 
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 Tbsp (70 g) unsalted butter , melted.
Steps for crust
1. Choose your pan wisely. Cheesecakes are notoriously crumbly, so choosing the right pan will ensure that your cheesecake comes out smoothly when you take it out of the pan. For the best outcome, use a springform pan. This sort of pan is comprised of round cake pan with a removable bottom. It is all held together by a sprung collar.
2. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. For the best cheesecake you’ve ever eaten, you’ll need to bake it surrounded by boiling water  To avoid any water leaking into your pan and ruining your crust, you will need to wrap the pan with hole-free aluminum foil. Place a piece of foil under the pan and then wrap it upwards and fold it so that the foil rests along the edge of the pan but doesn’t fold over the lip.
3. Place a rack in the lower third of the oven. Once you have done this, preheat the oven to 350°F. While the oven is preheating, place the graham crackers into a blender or food processor. Make sure that the lid is tightly secured and pulse the crackers until they reach a finely ground texture.
4.Pour the graham cracker dust into a large bowl. Use a spatula to stir in the salt and sugar, making sure that all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove and then add it to the mixture. Wash your hands and use them to mix the ingredients together using a folding movement until all the ingredients are well mixed.
5.Pour the crust mixture into the pan. Save about ¼ cup of the mixture to use later if need be . Press the crust down with your hands, making sure that there are no holes. The result should be an even layer of crust that ever so slightly curves up along the edges of the pan.
6.Place the pan in the oven. The crust will need to harden up a bit-putting it in the oven for 10 minutes should achieve the desired texture. Once the 10 minutes have passed, remove the pan from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 325°F. Let the crust cool for several minutes.

Ingredients For Filling

  • 2 pounds cream cheese (900 g), room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar (270 g)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (160 ml)
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream (160 ml)
Steps for crust Filling
7. Cut your cream cheese into large chunks. One by one, cut away a chunk of the cream cheese and place it into the bowl of your electric mixture. Use the paddle attachment of your electric mixture to get the creamiest texture. Mix the cream cheese for four minutes on a medium speed--the result should be a smooth texture.
8. Add the sugar to the cream cheese. Pour your sugar into the bowl and mix the two ingredients together for four minutes. Your mixture should be set to a medium speed. Repeat this process with the vanilla and salt. Add one ingredient and then mix for four minutes. Then add the other ingredient and mix for four minutes.
9. Crack the eggs into the bowl on at a time. When you add one egg, turn the mixer on and beat it for one minute. Repeat this process with the three remaining eggs. Use a spatula to scrape along the insides and bottom of the mixing bowl. This is important to do because large chunks of cream cheese can get stuck in these areas. Next, add the sour cream and mix thoroughly. Follow this up with the heavy cream, which you should also mix until the ingredients are all blended together.
10. Pour the filling into the pan on top of the crust. Make sure that you scoop out all of the filling while also making sure that it doesn’t overflow the pan. Once it is in the pan, use a spatula to make the top smooth.

Baking the Cheesecake
11. Place the springboard pan into a high-sided roasting pan. Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, carefully pour it into the roasting pan so that the water reaches about halfway up the side of the springboard pan. While this might sound like an odd instruction, you are actually giving the cake a water bath that will help the filling to cook without cracking the crust.
12. Place the pan inside a pan on the lower rack of the oven. Set your timer for one and a half hours and let your delicious cheesecake bake. After the baking time has passed, oven the oven and gently shake the cheesecake back and forth to ensure doneness. The cake should wiggle slightly in the center and should be firm around the edge. The center will firm up as the cake cools.
13.Turn off the heat. Open the door of the oven so that it is about an inch open. Let the cheesecake cool in the oven as the oven cools, which should take about one hour. This sort of slow, gentle cooling will make sure that the crust doesn’t crack in the face of the cold air outside the oven.
14.Cover the top of your cheesecake with foil and place it in the fridge. You will want to leave it in the fridge for a minimum of four hours. The cold temperature will help the cheesecake to firm up.
15.Remove your cheesecake from the pan. Once it has chilled thoroughly, you can slide a spatula along the inside of the pan to separate the crust and cake from the pan. You must wait to do this until after the cheesecake has cooled or else you run the high risk of separating the cheesecake from its crust. Open the springform latch and gently remove the sides, leaving the cheesecake in all its glory.

Ingredients For Toppings

  • 2 cups sour cream (475 ml)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (35 g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 ounces (340 g) fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 g)
  • 1/2 cup water (120 ml)
Steps for crust Toppings
16. Place sour cream in a medium sized bowl, stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla, until smooth. Chill until you are ready to serve the cake.
17. Place raspberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Use a potato masher to mash the raspberries. Heat on medium, whisking, about 5 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Let cool.

Prepare the cake to serve
18. Remove the cake from the refrigerator. Remove the foil from the sides of the pan, and place the cake on your cake serving dish. Run the side of a blunt knife between the edge of the cake and the pan. Dorie recommends, and we've done with success, that you use a hair dryer to heat the sides of the pan to make it easier to remove. Open the springform latch and gently open the pan and lift up the sides. Spread the top with the sour cream mixture. Serve plain or drizzled with raspberry sauce.

Points to remember!
  • Put the biscuits in a food bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  • Stir through the melted butter and press the mixture into a loose-bottomed tin.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes to ensure a crisp base when your cheesecake is finished.
  • Beat the soft cheese until creamy, then add the sugar, followed by the flour and salt.
  • Mix in lemon zest, juice and vanilla extract, then gradually beat in the eggs.
  • Add the soured cream and whisk on the lowest setting of your electric beater or by hand.
  • Pour the filling onto the base and cook in a preheated oven.
  • If it's cooked the cheesecake should have a slight wobble in the centre.
  • Turn off the oven leaving the cheesecake inside to cool.
  • Spread a mixture of soured cream, sugar and lemon juice on top of the cooled cheesecake.
  • Cover loosely with foil and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Bon appetite! ;)