You know how some people are emotional eaters? Well, I'm pretty sure that I'm an emotional baker.
When I'm really happy, I bake. When I'm really upset or sad, I bake.
Anyhow, I made this cheesecake the other day by adapting a recipe from Bakerella. Because she's awesome. It's just a fact. :)
In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.
Press into the bottom of a 9" springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, blend an obscene amount of cream cheese together.
Add in eggs, one at a time.
Then add sour cream and vanilla.
Now, we're going to make it even yummier.
Add roughly chopped chocolate chips by gently folding them into the batter.
Pour batter into the prepared crust.
Now, shake it! Shake it good.
Your pan, that is.
I like to give the pan a little shake to help all the batter settle properly.
Bake at 325 for 75 minutes.
Because of the altitude here, mine got excessively craggy. I've made this same cheesecake in Boston and it turned out completely crack free. :sigh:
Since I was taking this cheesecake to my husband's office to share with his co-workers, I shmeared some whipped cream on top and then drizzled on a bit of melted chocolate. Allow the cheesecake to cool in the fridge for at least three hours before serving.
My daughter took one look at it and exclaimed, "Mom! It looks just like a zebra!"
Cut and serve. It's sinfully good.
Here's the link to Bakerella's cheesecake. If her photos don't make you want to run out and whip one of these bad boys up, I don't know what will.
The only thing I changed in her recipe this time around was the addition of chopped chocolate chips. I used about 3/4 c. of them. :)
Btw, I've come to the conclusion that women have their own special ranking system for desserts.
Good = Eh, it's okay but I'm going to be nice and compliment you anyway
Delicious = Insanely good or Fantastic
Super Yummy = Sinful