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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tiramisu Cheesecake - Happy 1st Blogiversary InDannysKitchen!

   One year ago  I began this journey InDannysKitchen.  A journey into a passion, a celebration of life and food.  Food for the eyes, mouth, stomach and soul for myself and friends around the world . We can celebrate with dance or music but no celebration is complete without good food.  Good food that makes your heart warm and creates lasting memories.  To my family and friends around the world who have embraced InDannysKitchen, I thank you for being here to share this special day and everyday as we come together for the love of food.

No celebration is complete without a cake.  When thinking of a cake to make for this special day I could not decide.  Cheesecake and Tiramisu are my favorite desserts so I figured, why not combine both of them?
The decadent creaminess of cheesecake and the luxurious mascarpone and coffee infused savoiardi of tiamisu combined to make one great cake.  Here we have the best of both worlds, fit for any special occasion.

2  8oz. packages of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1  500g container of mascarpone cheese
20  savoiardi( lady fingers) cookies
2  whole eggs
2  egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold espresso coffee
1 1/2 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp grated milk or dark chocolate
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
In a food processor or bag, crush cookies into crumbs. Place in a bowl.
To the crumbs add melted butter, 1 tbsp sugar and the espresso coffee.  Quickly mix together by hand.
Place crumb mixture in a greased 9inch spring form pan and gently pat down until bottom of pan is covered. Wrap the bottom of spring form pan with foil making sure it is sealed.  Set aside.
Place vanilla extract, whole eggs and egg yolks in a bowl, add half of the sugar and whisk together.
Mix cream cheese, mascarpone and remaining sugar and blend until creamy then add to to the eggs and slowly mix together until smooth.  (my cream cheese was a little too cold so it looked a little lumpy)
Gently spread mixture evenly into cake pan making sure to cover the crumb base.  Place pan into a larger, shallow pan.
Pour 2 cups of water into larger pan making sure not to wet the cheesecake.  Place cake in a pre heated 350f oven and bake for 60-70 minutes.  Center of cake should look firm when cooked.
Once cake has cooled for 25 minutes, run a knife along the outer edge of cake then release spring form.  Sprinkle the top with grated chocolate and dust with cocoa.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  The cake will set even better if left in fridge overnight.
 The cake is ready to be cut and the celebrations begin!  Thanks to all of you for sharing this special day with me.


Pegasuslegend said...

wow this looks awesome!

Pegasuslegend said...

Happy Anniversary.... looking forward to this new year!

Laura said...

This is an awesome idea.

Bridgett said...

Now this is an incredible cake. I am loving the ladyfinger crust. What a creative idea. Happy Anniversary to your blog.

Dinners and Dreams said...

I love tiramisu. I bet it's divine in a cheesecake. Thanks for sharing!


Diana's Cocina said...

Great recipe ~ And Happy Anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That looks really good and easy to make! Congrats of your one year anniversary of blogs! Line Levesque.

AvaDJ said...

Happy Blogiversary. You were extremely successful in combining the two best desserts ever known to mankind LOL. Sounds divine.

whozyerdanny said...

It makes me very happy to share this with all of you! Thank you.

Chow and Chatter said...

wow this looks amazing and love the star

happy birthday to your blog

will follow along


Karen said...

So glad you started your blog. This cheesecake looks fabulous and I love the shooting star on the plate!

Laurie Alves said...

Danny, So Gorgeous and Drool worthy! Fantastic. Never thought of the idea of making a cheesecake with Tiramisu flair! Fantastic!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

I am making this cake when I return from Vacay!! Love this Danny! Nettie


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