Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cheesecake Dessert - a must try!

There's this cheesecake dessert that my mom has made for as long as I can remember. It was always one of our favorites growing up, and she would usually make it for holidays or other special occasions. It's light and frothy and oh-so-yummy.
{mouth watering}

The recipe seems cumbersome and time consuming, and I vowed that I would never make it...I'll just let Mom keep making it. Well, now we have a little issue: Doug has decided that he really, really, really likes this dessert, and since we only see my mom a couple times a year, that might not be enough for him to get his fix.
During Mom's recent visit, Doug had a special request and his dear mother-in-law was most accommodating. I decided I'd take some pictures to document the process and share them here on my blog. I'll put the full recipe at the end of this post.

So, we set up the ingredients for this photo shoot and I thought, "How does a recipe with so few ingredients require so many crazy steps?!?"

The first thing you do is put the evaporated milk in a glass bowl and into the freezer. I know it sounds weird, but trust me...

Next you dissolve a 3 oz. package of lemon gelatin in 1 cup of hot water, then place in the refrigerator. (And it's important that you do these two things in order so that they will both be properly chilled by the time you need them further into the recipe.)

Next, crush 20 graham crackers and place in a bowl (Mom does hers a few at a time in a large bag).

Melt 1 cube (1/2 cup) of butter and add it to the graham cracker crumbs; mix well.

Press one half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x12" pan and set aside.

Mix 6 oz. of softened cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar (Mom uses a fork to blend it):

The gelatin that's waiting for you in the fridge comes out now, and gets mixed into the cream cheese and sugar mixture - and you add the vanilla at this time too.

Mom uses a wire whisk to blend it:

The evaporated milk that's in the freezer? It comes out now...and it should have frozen crystals around the edge like this (if not, leave it in the freezer a little longer):

Next, you beat the cold milk on high speed until it's thick and creamy. Who knew that semi-frozen evaporated milk would get this creamy and frothy? I didn't!

Then, gently pour the gelatin mixture into the evaporated milk, and fold the mixture together - do not stir! Mom gauges when the mixture is done by watching for yellow streaks - you can see them in the picture below - and that means it's not mixed well enough yet...

Pour the mixture onto the graham cracker crust:

Then top with the remaining crumb mixture.

Now, here's the hardest part: Refrigerate until set (usually over night). Doug had this for breakfast the next morning because he could wait no longer!

The good news for Doug? After documenting the recipe this way, I think it's something I'm willing to take on myself. I hope you will too!

.Jell-O Cheesecake
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
13 oz. can of evaporated milk
20 double graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
3 oz. package lemon Jell-o (gelatin dessert)
1 cup hot water
1 t. vanilla
♦ Chill evaporated milk in glass bowl in freezer.
♦ Dissolve gelatin dessert into 1 cup of hot water, then place in refrigerator.
♦ Mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press 1/2 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9"x12" pan.
♦ Mix cream cheese and sugar together, then add lemon gelatin and vanilla; mix well with wire whisk.
♦ Remove evaporated milk from freezer. Beat on high speed until mixture is light and fluffy.
♦ Gently fold lemon/cream cheese mixture until mixed.
♦ Pour mixture on top of cracker crust and then top with remaining crumb mixture.
♦ Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours (or overnight) until well set.


Denise said...

My mouth is watering, I must give this one a try - thanks for posting :-)

Mom said...

Great job showing all the steps, Sweetie! And your instructions are right on! I may have to make one for us to have at home. Problem is, without company to help eat it, it can be very dangerous!! xo

debs14 said...

Yum! This looks delicious and so handy to see each step. My only worry is that I have never seen 'graham crackers' in the UK so I'm not sure what a good substitute would be? Digestive biscuits? I am definitely trying it though, it looks so light and creamy. Thanks for sharing x

Rhona said...

This looks great. It's stirred a memory in my mind of something similar so I think I'm going to have to give it a try :) Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Carrie Rosalind said...

OMG, YUM! I want some now! Maybe Grandmother will make some for us when we visit her house...? :)

Lizzie said...

Sounds great! I may try it... Great minds think alike you know - I have just posted a recipe on my blog too - for a chocolate dessert my friend made us at the weekend.
Fair swaps!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

That looks delicious! all that crafting skill and you cook too? I am impressed Deb! Mom's cheesecake looks awesome!

Deb said...

for Debs14: I asked my boss (who is from Canada) and he said, yes, graham crackers are similar to digestive biscuits and would probably work for this recipe. I didn't think about you not having graham crackers! They are a basic staple here. Although, we don't have digestive biscuits either! ;o)

humel said...

It looks gorgeous :-) It looks worth the effort, definitely! xx

(I've used digestive biscuits before when an American recipe has talked about graham crackers and they've always worked fine, by the way)

Margaret said...

So we are not baking this. Hmmm. Sounds great for a hot day when you definitely want to keep the oven off.

Amy said...

Between you and Lizzie I feel as though I'm going to have a busy weekend of cooking sweet and delicious things! We have never been fans of the traditional cheesecake, but this seems so much lighter and I love the idea of the crushed bikkies on the top. YUM!!!

The Zhush said...

Oh wow...just popped in from Stephanie's blog, and uh oh..didn't need to see this! YUM! :)

sharyncarlson said...

This sounds (and looks!) so so yummy! I could go for a big piece right now :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Looks totally yummy, and I love that you have pictures of your mom's hands making this!!! That's something you'll treasure always, I think.

Sian said...

Deb, how is that shoulder? I've been thinking about you while I was away. I thought you said you were thinking about taking it've been busy with all sorts of lovely projects :) The pipecleaner man is one of the cutest posts i've seen in a long time..what a wonderful way to communicate with Presley. She'll remember that forever.

traci said...

oh deb. that looks very yummy. i am not usually one for detailed recipes but i might have to make an exception. good job.

Catherine said...

Oh yummy, thanks for taking us through the process. My mouth in now watering.

I may have to make this puppy.


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