Monday, April 27, 2009

Daring Kitchen Challenge: Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake



Interesting Daring Kitchen conversation about the name of this cheesecake:

Daring Baker (DB) 1: Are you sure you mean infamous and not famous? Infamous means "having a reputation of the worst kind: notoriously evil'! Big Grin"

DB2: Ha, you haven't met my friend Abbey. *grin*

Me: Then if Abbey is the infamous one, shouldn't it be called "Infamous Abbey's Cheesecake"? The cheesecake is not the infamous one, unless you are personifying it.

DB3: hahaha. I love the vocabulary battle!


So yeah, I still don't quite understand why this cheesecake is being referred to as infamous, but that is the name! haha

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

This was my first Daring Kitchen challenge, and I was hoping to get something more difficult and new like the lasagne from last month. At least I got to try another cheesecake recipe! Also, I was afforded the opportunity to jazz up a plain cheesecake, which aside from strawberry toppings or glazes, was something I had never done before. This was the first time I'd ever used a real piping bag, as opposed to a Ziploc bag. So, I will need to practice a lot more to get it perfect.



Since I already have a go-to cheesecake, I was sort of doubting that this cheesecake was going to knock my socks off.



I decided to spruce it up by making it a key lime cheesecake. It was good, but not great. In fact, I gave almost the entire cheesecake to my neighbor/colleague. If I had never been exposed to Greenspan's Tall and Creamy Cheesecake, I think I would have really enjoyed this cheesecake, though. It was creamy, and the crust was really good. I doubled the crust and halved the filling because I love graham crackers!



As you can see, I didn't put much effort into decorating it because we are nearing the end of the semester, and I have way too many other things to do. Aside from adding 1/4 cup of key lime juice and some lime zest, I followed the recipe exactly. You may get the full recipe here.



Thanks, Jenny! Be sure to check out the other Daring Bakers results: Daring Bakers Blogroll

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos...wow! :)

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  2. Looks good!

    Congratulations on your first DB challenge!!

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  3. Thank you for taking the tome to comment on my blog :) Your cheesecake looks just gorgeous. I love the way you brought the crust up the sides.

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  4. Great job on your challenge and I can't believe that this is your 1st. Lovely flavours and great pics.

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  5. Lovely, welcome to the Daring Bakers!

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  6. what a pretty cheese cake...great opening dialogues :)

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  7. Looks amazing. I almost went this route but my kids arent into this.

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  8. Me encanta la lima! Tu cheesecake debe estar delicioso.
    Un beso y bienvenida a las Daring Bakers

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  9. I think your cheesecake looks beautiful, and key lime..YUM! Really great job, even though you like Dorie's better. I need to try hers!

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  10. Your photos are beautiful! And you've got one lucky neighbor/colleague! :)

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  11. Your photography is just lovely. The cheesecake looks so elegant and delicious!

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  12. Welcome to The Daring Bakers! Your cheesecake looks lovely, and I think your piping looks pretty good!

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  13. Completely missed that exchange on DB. Good times :)

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  14. Mmm, your cheesecake looks amazing!! Welcome to the group =D.

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  15. I think your piping looks very pretty - nice job!

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  16. Congrats on your first challenge!
    I was actually glad that this month's challenge wasn't as complicated as last month...

    Your cheesecake is so beautiful. When it comes to cheesecake, I prefer very simple ones like yours.
    Also, thanks for your sweet comment. :)

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  17. My, my! I must join in with the other commentators and say that cheesecake looks delish! I want some and I am not even crazy about cheesecake, but I would love to take a big ole piece of yours. It truly does look appetizing and sweet!

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  18. Welcome to Daring Bakers! You look like your off to a great start with your cheesecake!

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  19. This looks delicious!! You did a great job with this month's challenge!

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  20. I wondered about the whole "infamous cheesecake" thing, too. Seems like a straightforward cheesecake, not an infamous one. Love key lime pie; I'm sure I would appreciate your version of said infamous cheesecake!

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  21. Your cheesecake is beautiful and I love the use of key lime in it -- brilliant idea. I was wondering about the "infamous" part, too. Maybe that's something that would have been a fun thing to have had explained, might have been an unusual story we could have shared along with our challenge results. Anyway, great job on the cheesecake, I love it.

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  22. It not only looks pretty, it looks TASTY too.

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  23. Beautiful photos! I love the idea of a key lime cheesecake. Congrats on your fist challenge!

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  24. Great minds think alike, huh? Key lime definitely sounds like a fantastic flavoring for this cheesecake! ;) And I love your presentation, too.

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  25. Beautiful pictures! The key lime sounds delicious

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  26. Yup, I am right there with you. It looks lovely. It tastes lovely, but Dorie's cheesecake has ruined me for all others. Key lime sounds wonderful though!

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  27. Ok, grammar police. :)

    I think lime is a great version of this cheesecake. Thanks for taking part, and don't worry, I'm sure another super challenging recipe is ahead of us.

    Jenny of JennyBakes

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  28. Thanks for posting on my blog even though i was late :) Yours looks great and glad to have you on board. I am sure you will have more challenges as the months go on I know I have made things I would never have done without Daring Bakers.

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  29. Great job on your first challenge! And you first real piping bag experience :)

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  30. Mmm yum my brother has been asking me to make a key lime cheesecake for him!

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