Monday, July 15, 2013

S'mores Cheesecake

I came across a recipe for S'mores Cheesecake and after the success of our last cheesecake, I decided we needed to try this one. Plus, it was s'mores flavors and I love s'mores flavors.
We actually made two cheesecakes this past weekend. The first was the same cheesecake we made last week. The second was this one. On this one, the graham crust is just on the bottom, not up the sides, and it's a little sweeter because there's more sugar and more butter mixed in the with ground graham crackers.
Instead of sour cream, the s'mores cheesecake uses heavy whipping cream. Unlike the plain cheesecake, this one doesn't rest in the oven for an hour after baking. I wasn't sure about the slightly fallen center, I was worried about it being fully baked, but it turned out it was set/cooked the entire way through after an hour. I was sad to see the crack after it sat for a while. I guess the crack doesn't matter once you top it with the homemade marshmallow fluff topping and use a creme brulee torch to toast the marshmallow topping.
This S'mores Cheesecake is good, but I'm not sure we'd make it again just for ourselves (mom and dad are eating the plain cheesecake; they have no interest in the s'mores one). It's definitely not as smooth & creamy as the plain cheesecake and it seems a little denser & heavier. We also don't seem to have gotten the sugar in the topping to completely dissolve; it was a little grainy/crunchy, even after using the torch. But I like the marshmallow flavor and I had fun swirling the fluff into peaks. It definitely tastes like s'mores. I might make it for a large gathering - I think it's too rich and sweet for our tastes so the entire cheesecake is a bit much for us! But just one or two pieces would be good.
Recipe here:  http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/cookingclub/2008/07/smores_cheesecake_with_summer_berries

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