First order of business: Did you check out my shiny new blog all about the love and joy of all things carnivorous and rolled in bacon? Please go check out Girl Carnivore, my new baby and like the page on facebook as well for more slaphappy Kita randomness. I just referred to myself in the third person… awkward. But seriously, Girl Carnivore is going to be my new home for a much more defined and structured blog where I explore the world of grilling, butchering, smoking, grinding and creating great food that sticks to the key theme – meat. Get it.. carnivore…
But what about Pass the Sushi, the adoring fans cried out into the night. Pass the Sushi is and always will be my little corner of the web, and no worries, it’s not going anywhere. It has grown and become more than a few food goals to get myself eating from the kitchen and cooking more into a fun place where I can share stories and food with you (and random strangers) on a day to day basis. But it never had a niche. I post what I want here when I want.
Girl Carnivore is a new goal for myself. I am taking one facet of Pass the Sushi, one I happen to enjoy a lot, and I am going to polish it. Who knows, maybe it will be your next favorite blog (unless you’re vegetarian, then you may just want to stick to this one), or it may go up in smoke. Here’s to hoping 😉
There was a second order of business for ya, but I will just carry that rambling into another post since I really am pretty excited about the new site and don’t want to steer you away from it – or this Irish Dream Cheesecake.
Irish Dream Cheesecake
- 1 9 oz package of chocolate wafer cookies cookies
- 1/8 teas fine sea salt
- 7 tbs unsalted butter melted
- 2 lbs cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 cup granulates sugar
- 5 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 teas vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup Irish cream liqeur
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup chopped semisweet chocolate melted
- 1 1/2 teas instant coffee powder
- 1 teas hot water
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tbs granulated sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Make the crust: Pulse the cookies in a food processor until they are a fine crumbs. Add the salt. Coat the bottom of a 10? springform pan with a little bit of the melted butter. Toss the crumbs with the rest of the butter. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumbs. Press the rest of the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, wrap the pan in two layers of heavy duty aluminium foil.
Meanwhile, make the filling. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the cream cheese on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sugar, mix for two minutes longer. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the eggs one at a time scraping down the sides after a few to make sure all things are combined. Add the vanilla, liqueur and heavy cream. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 4 more minutes, stopping the machine and scraping the sides halfway through.
Pour the batter into prepared crusts. Pour the melted chocolate over the top and using a butter knife, swirl about, taking care not to touch the bottom. Place the springform pan in a large baking dish with high sides. Fill the pan halfway with boiling water, taking care to not spill any water in cheesecake, making a water bath. Bake for 25 minutes. Without opening the oven, reduce the heat to 225 and bake for 1 hour 45 minutes longer or until the middle is no longer shiny and the cheesecake is firm.
Remove the pan from the oven and water bath. Run a thin knife around the inside edge of the pan. Let cool completely then loosely cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Make the whipped cream. Combine the instant coffee with the hot water until dissolved. Whip the heavy cream with the sugar until soft peaks form. Add the cooled coffee and whip 45 seconds longer – being careful not to beat too dry.
Sprinkle reserved crumbs around the edge of the cake. Serve with the whipped cream!