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Who’s ready for cheesecake? This monster (in a good way) of a cheesecake comes straight from Matt’s grandmother via Schenectady, NY. Posting date is March 10!
- 2 1⁄2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 crackers)
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 40 ounces (five 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, softened
- 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (from about 1 lemon)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 5 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- Lightly spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Put the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a large bowl. Beat, by hand, until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and all the way up the sides of the prepared pan. Put in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Beat on medium speed until just combined, being careful not to overbeat (too much air can cause cheesecakes to crack). Add the eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the cream and beat until incorporated.
- Pour the mixture into the chilled crust and bake for 10 minutes. Open the oven door to let out some heat, and lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake until the cheesecake is set around the outside, but still slightly wobbly in the center, 45 minutes to 1 hour, rotating the pan every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread the sour cream over the top of the cheesecake. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Turn off the heat, crack the oven door, and let the cheesecake cool completely in the oven (about 1 hour).
- Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, loosen the sides of the crust from the pan with an offset spatula, then remove the springform sides and serve.
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We’re making an updated version of the classic oatmeal cookies next! Posting date is Feb 10. Let’s bake!
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1⁄4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 3⁄4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup (8 ounces) dried cherries
- 1⁄2 cup (4 ounces) chopped toasted walnuts
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom together and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 5 seconds.
- Add half of the flour mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Scrape down the bowl, add the oats, and beat until just combined. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to fold in the cherries and walnuts.
- Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for 6 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. With the palm of your hand, gently press each cookie down so it forms a tall disk shape. Do not press too hard and do not press it flat. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until the cookies just begin to brown.
- Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer the individual cookies to the rack to cool completely (although they are also delicious warm).
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Rev up your ovens, bakers – we’re making a bright, lemon-y cake. Posting date is December 16!
- 2½ cups cake flour
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
- 1¾ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Grated zest of one lemon
- 1 large egg
- 1½ cups ice cold water
- 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
- Grated zest of 2 lemons
- 2 large eggs
- 7 large egg yolks
- ¾ cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1½ cups sugar
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups milk
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, soft but cool, cut into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup lemon curd
- 8 mini lemon candies
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment, and butter the parchment. Dust with flour, and knock out the excess flour.
- In a large bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and shortening on medium speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, add the egg, and beat just until combined. Reduce the speed to low. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the ice water, in three separate additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the bowl, then mix on low speed for a few more seconds.
- In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Do not overbeat. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
- Divide the batter among the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rack, remove the pans, and let cool completely. Remove the parchment.
- In a small bowl, pour the lemon juice over the lemon zest and let stand for 10 minutes to soften the zest.
- In a nonreactive bowl whisk the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until combined. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice to the egg mixture and whisk until just combined.
- Place your bowl containing the egg mixture over a double boiler. Continuously stir the mixture with a heatproof spatula until the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like texture, about 6 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter until emulsified. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Take a sheet of plastic wrap and press it into the mixture and around the bowl so that the curd does not form a skin.
- Set the lemon curd aside while you make the frosting. Do not refrigerate the curd unless you are saving it for future use.
- In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until cool. Reduce the speed to low and add the butter; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla extract and 1⁄2 cup of the freshly made lemon curd and con- tinue mixing until combined. If the frosting is too soft, put it in the refriger- ator to chill slightly then mix again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and beat with a wooden spoon until it is the proper consistency.
- Refrigerate the frosting for a few minutes (but no more) until it can hold its shape. Place one cake layer on a serving platter. Trim the top to create a flat surface and evenly spread about 1 cup of the remaining lemon curd on top. Add the next layer, trim, and fill with 1 cup of the lemon curd, then add the third layer and trim. Crumb coat the cake and refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Frost the sides and top of the cake with the frosting. Garnish with the candies and refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm up the finished cake.