Sunday, December 28, 2008

TWD: Rich n'Creamy Eggnog Cheesecake



So, I skipped Butterscotch pudding last week in favor of making the last TWD of the year...the Tall and Creamy Cheesecake, for our Xmas family dinner. Taking a cue from another TWD'er... I replaced 1/2 of the cream with eggnog and still added some sour cream. I also added some Rum and a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste? This cheesecake was divine! I swear I ate half of it myself.



I made the full recipe and filled a tall 7" with still leftover batter...so you could easily half the recipe for a 6" cake I think. I wasn't sure about the water bath but it worked well AND you really do need to leave this cheesecake in the oven for the 45 min or so after it's done baking to cool slowly because I made other little tester cheeseckes without water bath and without cooling and they had a different texture and sunk in the middle (nothing berries or choco covered marshmallows can't cover!). Also mine cracked a fair amount but it was kind of a cool look...it did not burn or get too dark.



Overall, this is one of my favorite Dorie recipes. Many times I don't love how her flavorings come out or things are too bland..but with the eggnog and rum and extra spices, this cheesecake was a huge hit at the party and surprisingly easy to make! The flavoring was so rich and light at the same time.



See the other TWD baking goodness here...we are all posting throughout Dec with the recipes which I actually loved because then if one recipe fit the timing better I wasn't pidgeonholed into making it in a certain week. Loved the flexibility this month, thanks TWD.

27 comments:

n.o.e said...

Oh, my, Mara, this is absolutely amazing! I will definitely make notes about your eggnog variation; we are huge fans of the 'nog at Christmastime. Love the small-yet-oh-so-tall cake you made.
Nancy

Marthe said...

Your cheesecake looks great!! I would have never thought of using eggnog!! Yum! I made a plain one and that was still amazing: the best cheesecake I ever tasted!!!

Claire S. said...

Do you have the complete recipe with your variations? It looks and sounds amazing!!!

pinkstripes said...

Your cheesecake looks gorgeous! I love it.

Gigi said...

oooooo, Mara! The cheesecake sounds divine! I love the egg nog addition very festive.

Engineer Baker said...

Whoa, that sounds absolutely fantastic. And are those really chocolate covered marshmallows on top? Yum!

PheMom said...

I'll bet an eggnog flavored version was totally perfect and festive. My brother is a huge eggnog fan and would love this!

Jennifer said...

My husband would LOVE this...he's a huge eggnog fan...he's sad right now because the eggnog is on it's way out for another year. Boohoo. Your cheesecake is tall and lovely!

Cristine said...

I used eggnog, too, and it was fantastic!!! I ate way too much of it! Your cheesecake looks fantastic!

chocolatechic said...

Egg nog.

Sound perfect.

Christine said...

Egg nog is perfect for the holidays! Your cheesecake looks amazing!

Danielle said...

Your cake came out great good job! I am jealous I didnt live on the edge like you and some others with flavors. I will not hold back next time!

Erin said...

Yum, eggnog cheesecake sounds delicious!

Kimberly Johnson said...

I love your variation on this one! Eggnog cheesecake sounds like a great addition to holiday dessert table!

rainbowbrown said...

Sounds like a perfect holiday treat.

Leslie said...

Eggnog, cinnamon and nutmeg? *swoon* That sounds amazing!

TeaLady said...

I made eggnog too, with nutmeg in the crust. Next time I will use more. Yours looks great.

SUGAR B said...

Eggnog cheesecake? Give me a slice, woman!

Mary Ann said...

Your version looks amazing! I bet the eggnog really made this delicious.

david santos said...

UUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!
VERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!
Have a nice day.

Jacque said...

Mmmm, eggnog cheesecake sounds heavenly!

Faery said...

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AmyRuth said...

Your looks great. You had a great idea. I'll have to remember that.
Thanks for sharing
AmyRuth

LyB said...

Oh, my! All your additions sound delicious, your cheesecake looks perfect.

Linda said...

I love nog and this sounds too delicious!!

This is one of my favorite recipes from the book...I'm inspired to try this, but I may have to wait until next Christmas.

BAKE-EN said...

That sounds amazing. What are those chocolate things on top of your cheesecake in the first picture?

Mara said...

Thanks everyone!! it was really yummy...I am planning to hopefully make a lemon variation very soon!!

Bake-En... the chocolate things are these fabulous chocolate marshmallow things my pal got me as a snack. I forgot the name but they are brand new at stores she said.