The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. You can find the recipe at Jenny’s blog.
The challenge was to take a basic cheesecake recipe and make it your own. I had some Darwin limes (similar to Key limes- they become yellow when ripe and the trees have so many thorns) on the bench and I ended up baking on ANZAC day (a day we remember our soldiers in Australia) so I made my crust using the tradtional ingredients for an ANZAC biscuit.
ANZAC biscuits are made with coconut, oats and golden syrup. I added that to crushed granita biscuits (a wholemeal biscuit closest to a graham cracker). I thought about pre baking the crust but just ran with the recipe to see how it went.
I made some minis and had a bit of cheesecake mixture left over so I popped them in silicone muffin cups. I ate one of them just cooled from the oven and to be honest I prefered that one to the very dense product that it morphed into overnight.
Not sure why I didn’t feel the cheesecake love. The lime flavour was great. The toasted coconut gave some texture to what became quite a soggy base, it just became too dense, even in my mini format. That said I enjoyed the playing around with flavours.
Now the Daring Bakers blogroll is a bit of a work in progress at the moment. They have updated their site and created a new group called the Daring Cooks. If you want to get in at the ground floor now is your big chance.