"Perhaps the most impressive of all the cookbook blogs are the three devoted to the 2004 edition of Gourmet magazine's "The Gourmet Cookbook" -- all 5¼ pounds and 1,300-odd recipes of it. Befitting this culinary Everest, all three writers are overachievers in their professional lives."

--Lee Gomes, The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2008
"I should have told you before how much I've been enjoying reading your thoughts. You seem like such a great cook."

--Ruth Reichl, Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine, June 8 2008, comment on "Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream".

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Yes--OK, another cheesecake. But you know what? They're so quick to make! So when my husband came home and said, "It's Jim's birthday at work and I'd like to make him a cake--what do you suggest?"--I suggested cheesecake because I had just made one.

And, reader--this is where I suddenly understood (while he and I were in the process of making this cheesecake together) what it means to have years of experience tucked under your belt.

There are things you get to understand about making cheesecake that come from experience (well, bad experience, if you get my drift). If you don't scrape down the bowl after you add each egg, you will wind up with little clumps of cream cheese in the final product. If you're too enthusiastic with the beaters, you'll whip air into the mix and get tunnels. If you don't run a knife around the edge of the cake when it comes out of the oven, the sides of the cake will stick to the springform and the middle will crack.

Anything that can possibly go wrong with a cheesecake, I've done it. So it was easy for me to stand in a little corner by the stove making the caramel (yes, another recipe with caramel) and facilitate Don's cheesecake production so that it was smooth and quick.

(I'd just also like to add a side-note that by the time I'm done with this book I will be an expert on making caramel. Already it's practically second nature.)

The Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake was a huge success. The gals at work got a good laugh because when one of them (in all innocence) asked what bakery my husband had gotten the cheesecake at, he got very indignant. Ah, they said--now they knew how to get him riled.

And he, good man, fought them off to save me a little teeny slice so I could taste it. Reader, it's delicious.


Wall Street Journal readers, welcome!! I hope you'll visit often, or better yet--buy this marvelous cookbook and cook along with Kevin, Teena and me.


Mark Boxshus said...

Congrats on being mentioned in the WSJ. It is in fact one of the reasons I am writing you. The other..........your cheesecake looked and sounded familiar.......LOL. I use the same recipe and always get rave reviews. Apparently great minds think alike. Having found you, I'll have to make a point of visiting on a regular basis. Again, way to go!


Melissa Bach Palladino said...

Thanks, Mark! Welcome, and I hope you'll visit often. I am big on desserts (I'll be posting soon on Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream) so if you are too you'll find a lot here to read about. :-)