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One Step at a Time

April 18, 2007

My son, Michael, turns 14 years old today! His birthday cake request is for cheesecake. He has good taste! I have decided to forgo the cheesecake in a box route and instead am going to make a real, baked from scratch, Chocolate Swirl-top Cheesecake! Woo Hoo! I’ve had this recipe for a long time but I don’t recall ever having made it. It is a bit intimidating but I am going to tackle it today for Michael; one step at a time…

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1. Mix up a graham cracker crumb crust

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and press it into a spring form pan. So far so good.

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2. Blend the cream cheese and sugar. Yum!

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3. Separate the eggs. A little tedious but do-able.

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4. Add the egg yolks to the cheese mixture, one yolk at a time.

One yolk at a time?

Yikes, those last two yolks went in together. Oh, well no one will ever know!

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5. Whip up the egg whites until they are stiff, but not dry and pour on top of the cheese mixture. It’s a good thing that I started with a big bowl!

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6. Whip up the whipping cream and also pour on top of the cheese mixture.

7. Fold all together carefully.

It is about this time I am realizing that none of these steps are so terribly hard, it’s just that there are so many steps!!

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8. Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mixture into the graham cracker crust. Drizzle in some melted chocolate and swirl with the tip of a knife.

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9. & 10. Repeat step 8 two more times.

11. Bake in a slow oven for 1 hour 5 minutes. That’s about how  long it took me to clean up all the pans, bowl, mixer, blender, spoons, cups, and counter tops!

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12. After baking, turn the oven off and let set for another 1 hour and 5 minutes.

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Finally, Viola! Chocolate Swirl-top Cheesecake! Did I mention that it is low calorie and fat free? NO? That’s because it is loaded with calories and fat!!

That’s OK, you only turn 14 once.

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Happy Birthday, Michael; love you!

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10 comments

  1. PHew! I’m tired just reading about it!

    Lucky (and cute…) kid!


  2. YUM!


  3. Very kewl, Mom…..he looks happy! And it looks great!


  4. Awwww, how sweet, what a great photo story! I love recipes like these!


  5. That looks good!


  6. Happy birthday to Michael-lucky boy! Cheesecake-homemade…and how talented you are-no cracks in the top. My best friend Terry is a baker and even hers crack sometimes. Did you put a pan of water in the oven with it? That’s supposed to be the secret…I’m going to Terry’s for quilt meeting tonight-hope she made cheesecake


  7. I bet you just started a yearly tradition! Happy Birthday Michael!


  8. Happy Birthday to Michael. He’s a lucky fellow. The cake looks wonderful–and I’m not even a cheesecak fan.


  9. Deb, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. It’s always great to hear from a fellow Hoosier. Your cheesecake looks fabulous!


  10. A mother’s love is a wonderful thing! What a cute young man! He looks happy.



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