we are very excited about all the new programs we have started…last weeks twitterlicious cooking class recieved great feedback and now we have our very first Tyler Florence Friday’s dish to share with you all.Â this weeks winner comes from Something Sweet by Karen :
I grew up watching The Golden Girls. Every Saturday night, no matter what we were doing, my Mom and I would rush home in time to see what those four crazy girls were up to that week. Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, Sophia â all characters we knew and loved. Of course, our favorite was Sophia, âPicture itâŚ SicilyâŚ 1932âŚ.â.
The Golden Girls would sit around the table late at night discussing their problems over a big fat cheesecake and I would sit there soaking it all in at the age of about 9 or 10, all the raunchy jokes completely going over my head. This show is how cheesecake was introduced into my life.
Isnât it funny what you can vividly remember from your childhood? How you can play things back like a movie thatâs just been held on pause waiting for you to push play? I recall this particular memory Iâm about to share like it happened yesterday. One Saturday on our way home to catch The Girls, my Mom asked me what I would like for dinner. I answered the usual âSpaghettiâ but then added âand for dessert I want cheesecake.â She was like âCheesecake? Youâve never had it. You wonât like it, itâs for grown upsâ I said âYes, I WILL like it. It will be my favorite thing in the whole world.â She just rolled her eyes but drove to the store and got us a cheesecake for dessert that night anyway.
That was the night my lifelong love of cheesecake began.
Iâve been doing Tyler Florence Fridays for a while now. One of the first recipes I really honed in on was Tylerâs Ultimate Cheesecake. If youâre a baker that loves cheesecake, seeing that title alone will most likely make you investigate. Then when you see the recipe was rated 5 out of 5 stars from about 685 total reviews on the ânet, youâll probably start to think youâve really been missing something.
The graham cracker crust is refrigerated for five minutes rather than blind-baked. Sweet, I get annoyed with blind-baking. I made a full recipe and used the recommended 8 inch springform pan. The crust was easy to smoosh down on the bottom and up the sides. The filling has a 1:1 ratio of cream cheese and sour cream, eggs, moderate sugar, lots of lemon zest, and a hint of vanilla. Itâs so easy to put together, even a person who claims to have no skills in the kitchen could get this done. The cheesecake is baked in a water bath at 325 degrees, Tyler says for 45 minutes. I did bake mine a little longer, more like 55-60 minutes after reading some of the reviews on foodnetwork.com. The cheesecake will still be pretty jiggly after itâs time in the oven, that is how itâs supposed to be. Donât worry, it will firm up. I refrigerated mine overnight.
One word review: phenomenal.
The sour cream wasnât overwhelming at all. The lemon zest stood out, it gave a nice brightness. The cheesecake was very creamy and made that deflating type of sound when you put your fork through it. Normally, Iâm a Plain Jane with cheesecake but I loved the lemon blueberries on this.
Iâm feeling a Golden Girls dvd marathon coming on with my Mom, my two sisters and this cheesecake right in the middle of us all. Maybe Iâll remind my Mom of that day all those years ago when she ended up being completely wrong about my 10 year old palate, but Iâll probably just keep that part to myself. I think Iâll thank her instead for driving to the store to pick up a cheesecake so I could try it even though she thought sheâd be throwing her hard earned money right down the tubes.
Tyler Florenceâs Ultimate Cheesecake
Show: Tylerâs Ultimate Episode: Cheesecake
Click here to see a how-to video
2 cups finely ground graham crackers(about 30 squares)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 pound cream cheese, 2 (8-ounce) blocks, softened
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream (16 oz)
1 lemon, zested
1 dash vanilla extract
Warm Lemon Blueberry Topping
Warm Lemon Blueberries:
1 pint blueberries
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons sugar
Click here for directions!