Daring Bakers: Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake

by Holly on April 27, 2009


The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

I happen to love cheesecake, so I was excited by this choice. I knew I would want to do something different with it though and therein was the challenge for me. I couldn’t make up my mind. I made a toffee cheesecake a while back for Tuesdays with Dorie which was insanely good, but I didn’t want to just do the same thing here.

I finally decided on a chocolate crust, substituting homemade chocolate wafer cookies, a vanilla bean flavored cheesecake batter, and topping it off with some small strawberries brushed with a little warmed strawberry jam for extra sweetness and shine.


Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

I also decided, in honor of the Blogging for Babies event, to make my cheesecake in my mini loaf pan as individual bar sized cheesecakes. It was fun and easy. To save on frustration with attempting to remove the cheesecake bars from the pan I just made a mini ‘sling’ out of parchment paper to place in each cavity. If you don’t have a mini loaf pan you could easily do the same thing with muffin tins.

This cheesecake was very good and was easy to work with, but I have to admit that my favorite cheesecake recipe, hands down, is still the one from Dorie Greenspan. I dream of that cheesecake – the flavor, texture and ease of preparation, are all perfect in my book.

You can visit the Daring Bakers at their new home at The Daring Kitchen to see more amazing cheesecakes!
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Fahrenheit 350° April 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I’m crazy about strawberries, so I love this particularly for that reason, but they are darling and tempting to boot!

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Snooky doodle April 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

oh this looks amazing . Ideal for spring 😉

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newlyweds April 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Very Pretty!

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The Bahens April 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm

The flavor combination sounds delicious! And very pretty too.

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Suzana April 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Holly, those are amazing! And so springy. 🙂

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Jude April 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Love what you did to the strawberries to make them shine and look extra luscious. Yum!

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Claire April 28, 2009 at 12:12 am

Yum! Must be good b/c I don’t think anything could be bad with strawberries.

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Allergy Mom April 28, 2009 at 12:36 am

Homemade chocolate wafers? Warmed strawberry jam wash? Holly, you rock. Libby

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Connie Weiss April 28, 2009 at 1:07 am

What cute little cheesecakes! I used something different for my crust too.

Great job!

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Engineer Baker April 28, 2009 at 1:22 am

Those are absolutely adorable baby cheesecakes! I love the addition of strawberries on top.

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Dragon April 28, 2009 at 1:24 am

What a gorgeous cheesecake. Great job on this month’s challenge.

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Mermaid Sweets April 28, 2009 at 3:49 am

Love the mini loaf idea – so cute. It looks terrific.

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17andbaking April 28, 2009 at 3:54 am

This cheesecake looks delicious! I love the garnish with the strawberries. They look perfect. Happy belated birthday, by the way!

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Tracey April 28, 2009 at 4:36 am

I love the combination of flavors you have going on! That’s my kind of cheesecake.

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Y April 28, 2009 at 6:45 am

Very cute! I’m all for injecting an extra dose of chocolate into anything 🙂

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Cristine April 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

So cute! Looks yummy!

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doughmesstic April 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Oh wow, Holly! This looks so good. You are making me want strawberries…so bad! They look cute in the mini size, too – nice idea!

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Memoria April 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm

YES! I’m glad to find someone else who agrees that Greenspan’s cheesecake is the best. Being exposed to her cheesecake prevented me from really enjoying the challenge cheesecake.

I love how fresh your strawberries look. You did an awesome job!

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Diana April 29, 2009 at 3:47 am

Your cheesecake looks great. I did a chocolate crust too! I love the idea of cheesecake bars, I think desserts are better in smaller portions 🙂

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Jenny April 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

The little baby cheesecakes are adorable. Thanks for taking part in this challenge. If I ever feel like making cheesecake again, I’ll try Dorie’s recipe. She has never failed me, for sure!

Jenny of JennyBakes

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ice tea: sugar high April 30, 2009 at 4:39 am

That’s perfect! baby sized is all you need.

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Clumbsy Cookie April 30, 2009 at 8:38 am

Very cute, I love the shape of it!

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Chantal April 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

yummy strawberries

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TeaLady May 2, 2009 at 3:04 am

Giant strawberries. Those look like they would feed at least 3 families. **SMILE** Beautiful. Vanilla!!! Simple, elegant, delicious.

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Jenny May 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Cute mini’s.

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Lindsey May 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I love that you used homemade chocolate wafer cookies for your crust! Looks great!

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