Monday, September 29, 2008

Patsy's birthday - Apple and Brown Sugar Cheesecake

One of my colleagues, Patsy, is going on leave on Tuesday for a number of weeks, and will celebrate her birthday while she is away.

To wish her bon voyage and happy birthday, I made her Dorie Greenspan's Apple and Brown Sugar Cheesecake from Baking: From My Home to Yours. This luscious cheesecake contains brown sugar, apples and cider - an irresistable combination. It also has a gingernut biscuit base, which complements the filling perfectly. I heart this cheesecake.

For the cake topper, I made a rolled fondant disc that I piped on with chocolate and jelly. My mistake was to try and stick it on top of the cake with a dollop of sour cream - this seemed to melt underneath overnight, and made the cake topper go soft.

The other tip that I have is to make sure that your foil "tent" covers the whole cheesecake - you can see a small brown bit on the side of my cheesecake where the tent appears to not quite have covered it during baking.

Tuesdays with Dorie group made this cheesecake in February, so you can find the recipe here or in Dorie's book. If you like cheesecake, I recommend this one - it's delicious.


joanne at frutto della passione said...

Wow, apple and brown sugar, sounds like a great combination. I still don't have any of Dorie's books, this makes me want to go out and track one down right away!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear cake law
i like the ingredinets for this and cider and brown sugar...must have nice unique taste..and the cake has also come out nicely...well done, eh !

The Caked Crusader said...

I've never had apple cheesecake but the more I think about it the more I like the idea - particularly with a ginger base.

I too know the pain of putting an icing disc on too early/inappropriately/both! and seeing it go soggy. Never mind.

adele said...

Mmm. I think the browned edges actually add to the cake - after all, the browned bits are usually the tastiest bits. :)

Ivy said...

Cake, this is bookmarked, two of my favourite ingredients in one cake: apples in a cheesecake, sounds great.

Tammy said...

this looks great. The TWD group made this before I joined, so I have to try this!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Joanne. Dorie's book has very nice, adaptable baking recipes in it, so it is a good buy.

Thanks Anamika.

Hi Crusader, it is a pin to creat something like this, only to have it disintegrate before your eyes.

LOL Adele - agreed!

Fantastic Ivy - look forward to hearing about how it goes for you.

Thanks Tammy - I have now joined TWD just before the gates close.

Empty Streets said...

wahh so cool the jersey bday cake and that only reminds me of my own bday coming up this month heheh :) love the cakes it is so appealing :)

Rosie said...

Apple & brown sugar can't get any better for a great combo of flavours .. Looks great..

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

Happy birthday for the coming month Empty Streets.

Hi Rosie, it was unusual, and that's what attracted me to it. And I was not disappointed!

Lorraine E said...

I'm intrigued by the combination of flavours here. I don't think I've ever tried an apple cheesecake but I know I'd love it!

çiçekçi said...

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