Easy (for some people) Cheesecake
you ever looked at the price of a cheesecake in the grocery store? It
is absolutely ridiculous. You can easily make your own. In spite of
many previous attempts to cook and the disasters that ensued, this
recipe is so easy that anyone can do it.
First, the list of ingredients: 16
ounces of cream cheese, 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of
vanilla, graham cracker crumbs, whipping cream. No, Cool Whip is not
the same thing. You need real whipping cream. It is in the dairy
section and comes in a container that says ďwhipping cream.Ē How
hard can that be?
Now, here is how to do it.
1. Put the graham cracker crumbs in a medium
baking dish and press down firmly to make a crust. You couldnít find
graham cracker crumbs at the grocery store? I canít stand it!
Fortunately for my sanity, there is a work around. Crumble up 18
graham crackersÖ. with a rolling pin. Do I have to tell you
2. Melt one stick of margarine in the microwave. I
know it was not on the list. Just get it out of the refrigerator and
put it in the microwave. PUT IT ON A DISH! Boy that was close.
Whatís burning? Hurry and open the window before the smoke alarm
goes off. You should melt butter on low, not high or it will burn up.
Throw it away and try again.
3. Mix the butter and crumbs and press into the
baking dish. Okay, you finally did something right. All this trouble
and we have not even started the cheesecake.
4. Now, mix the softened cream cheese with the
sugar and eggs. How do you soften it?
You should have left everything out of the refrigerator for a
few hours. WATCH OUT! Cream cheese is wrapped in foil and you canít
microwave it. I hope you didnít ruin the microwave.
5. Now mix everything together. The spatula got
into the beater? How in the world did you do that? Do you know the
meaning of being careful? You donít need a mixer anyhow. Stir it
with a spoon. Just trust me.
6. Add a tablespoon of vanilla. Well, maybe it
will not hurt to use two, or three, or whatever. Pass me that bottle
of vanilla. I need a nip of vanilla more than the cheesecake does.
7. Pour it into the pan with the graham crackers.
NO! Donít mix it up. Put it the oven at 350 degrees. You forgot to
turn on the oven? Why am I not surprised? Set the timer for 22
minutes. While it bakes, you can clean up the kitchen. Be sure to wipe
the splatters off the wall, and mop the floor. We can wash the dog
8. That bell is the timer.
Turn off the oven and remove it. Use pot holders. Why didnít
I tell you before? I thought you knew something was hot after being in
the oven. Just leave it in the oven and let it cool. No wonder experts
leave it in the oven to cool. Apparently, they donít know about pot
9. Now all we have to do is wait for it to cool
and put it in the refrigerator. You can make your own topping, but all
things considered, I think we will use a can of cherry pie filling. Why
couldnít you wait until the cheesecake cooled? What a mess. Maybe we
can cover it up with Cool Whip.
I give up on the whipping cream.
Donít try to cut it until it is
cool. You did? Well, just
use a spoon. What does it matter? Now I know why cheesecakes cost so
much in the store, $10 for ingredients, $20 for the aggravation.