Monday, April 30, 2012

A Concert_ a Recipe_ and a Winner


we don’t splurge everyday on things like Kahlua Coffee Cheesecakes’ but for special occasions (like birthdays) we do it up. like anything goes.



at first, my plan was to order the cheesecake from the cheesecake factory for hubs man. but after researching and finding out it would cost $70 between the cake and having it delivered I figured there had to be another way. so I started scouring the intra-web for recipes until I found one I was confident in. I was confident in the fact that it sounded amazing but not as confident that I could pull it off. bc cheesecakes are hard right? last year I tried a Reeses’s something or another and it wasn’t the best. the cheesecake part came out tasting not very creamy almost like I had cooked it for too long. so I was nervous this go around.




not only was I nervous about trying it and having it fail but I also decided to add in condensed milk. why ? well bc everything tastes better with condensed milk and um, that’s pretty much all.

what’s really funny, too is hubs man isn’t a coffee drinker. and this cake has not just a little, but a lot of coffee taste to it.



all that said the recipe was a hit. we will definitely save it to make for later dates and occasions. and just in case you decide to splurge for a birthday or maybe just a craving for something sweetly delicious here are all the deets .


What You’ll Need:
15 Oreo cookies- crushed
3 tbsp butter melted
2- 12oz cream cheese- softened by beating
1 ½ c. sugar
3 eggs
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1/8 c. flavored vanilla instant coffee
1/3 c. expresso coffee
1- can condensed milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp Kahlua liquer

I used a food processor to grind the cookies up to a fine consistency. After grinding add in butter to the cookies and then pat into the bottom of a springform pan. Set aside in freezer while you prepare the other ingredients.

Now mix together the cream cheese and sugar until well blended.
Add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Divide the cream cheese into 2 parts, 3/4th  and 1/4th distribution. Add the plain flour, vanilla coffee, almost the whole can of condensed milk, and coffee liquer to the larger part and the expresso coffee, and cocoa powder to the smaller part. Pour the first larger layer of cream cheese mixture into the crusted pan. Then top it with the remaining expresso-cream cheese layer. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for 45-50 min, or until it looks baked except for the center part will be wiggly.

Let it cool completely before removing from pan.  Refrigerate for up to 4 hours or overnight. It is best prepared the day before. 




as if the cake wasn’t enough we also got to see Need to Breathe in concert on Friday. oh and Ben Rector who I wasn’t very familiar with but lu-ove now. that boy is so talented and can play a keyboard with the best of them. I came home telling my Gray man he really needed to think about what instrument he may want to play. sports are fine but a man that can come off a field and then play a song for Jesus is like “the man”….. a sexy man. I’m just sayin’. he laughed at me and said “whatever mom”. if they only knew what we know now…..sigh, oh the more they would know when they finally do get to be our age. ;)
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Hope you're having a great Monday!


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10 comments:

  1. well happy birthday to your hubs man as you call him, and GREAT job on the Cheesecake, hats off to you, I don't know if I could pull that off, but I am going to try, thank you for the recipe!
    XO

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  2. Glad the cheesecake turned out! It looks simply awesome! I adore Need to Breathe, I'm sure y'all had a blast :)

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  3. The cheesecake looks delicious!! The kids cards were too cute. Our hubbie's share the same birthday! :)

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  4. can we just talk about how MUCH i love this post.
    kahlua.
    cheesecake.
    needtobreathe.
    ben rector.

    RIGHT?
    i came right home from that concert and downloaded ALL of his albums.
    SO GOOD!?!?
    Normally I'm DYING for opening acts to be over - but I'd SO go see Ben if he was a headliner - our entire group agreed!
    especially after the mat kearney opener (ugh, it was horrific) we were SO PLEASED.

    weren't the N2B boys soo so soooooo soo sooooo good.

    i wanted to jump on a plane and join you! :)

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  5. That cheesecake sounds and looks delicious! I love anything and everything coffee flavored! We just happen to have Kahlua on hand too. We bought two bottles when we went to Mexico last January and I got pregnant shortly there after so we never used the second one.

    I haven't made a cheesecake since I lived with my parent's. That was years ago. I'm going to have to borrow my mom's spring form pan just to try this out.

    Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week!

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  6. YAY! Congrats to Erin on the win! So glad that you all enjoyed your hubby's birthday! The cheesecake looks awesome! Have a great week!

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  7. Happy Belated Birthday to hubby. I'm totally intimidated by making cheesecakes. I love eating them, never made one. Meg from the blog Whatever has a recipe on there that looks to die for if ever you try again. Thanks for sharing this! :)

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  8. glad y'all could celebrate together!
    love that sweet card. and um, that cake needs to happen here soon.
    maybe for patrick on father's day!

    xoxo

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  10. i just love your little family. so much love---it is so evident!

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