19 July 2011

Anniversary Cheesecake (with Macadamia Nut Shortbread Crust)

On Friday my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. I can't believe it. It seems like it was yesterday that we started our lives together. Since we got married we've moved to a new state, moved again, had a kid, moved back to the home state. He changed jobs, I changed jobs, I stopped working to stay home with our daughter. We got a cat and a dog. We've had great times and hard times.  And he's still my best friend, unconditionally.

I still think about my wedding day - the beautiful sun, the music, the people, the dancing. Have you ever watched back your wedding video? It's a fun experience. The first time Jordan saw it she was about two and freaked out because she couldn't understand why I was on the TV and next to her in the room.

I don't remember the food we had at our wedding. I mean, it was good food. I didn't have any complaints. But it was just basic catering food; a buffet filled with chicken and pasta and salad. But you know what part of the meal I do remember?

The cake.

That's not fondant or real flowers...it's chocolate!

Oh, the cake. When Mel and I first met we used to hike along the ocean. Afterwards we would drive to this little not-quite-a-storefront cake shop. When he had worked for FedEx he used to deliver and pick-up there. He had become friends with the owner and she'd give him leftovers of the cakes she was making. But she didn't make just any old cake, my friends. No, it wasn't regular cake that would draw us to her shop over and over.

She made cheesecakes. As wedding cake. Cheesecake with the best crust you've ever eaten. A macadamia nut shortbread crust. Oh. My. Goodness.

When it came up on our tenth anniversary, I thought, hey, why don't I order us a little cake? She ships them all over. And then I saw the prices. She's become popular over the years (once she was one of the choices on the Today Show wedding series) and now her tiny serves two serves 10 cakes are over $70.

So I decided to make my own.

Now, this isn't her recipe. It's not a $70 cheesecake. But it is darn good.

I used Lorna Doone cookies in the crust. And macadamia nuts. And, because a San Andreas Fault sized crack opened in the top I like chocolate, I drizzled the top with it. And added more nuts. The filling? Is a recipe for the Cheesecake Factory cheesecake I found here. And it's so good. I've never added sour cream to a cheesecake before and boy, have I been missing out. It makes it so creamy!

So, Happy Anniversary to my husband. I love you and am looking forward to the next 10 years together!

And now, to celebrate, we are off to Las Vegas. Alone. Just the two of us. For three whole nights! *Happy Dance*

Have a great week, everyone!

Anniversary Cheesecake (aka Creamy Cheesecake with a Macadamia Nut Shortbread Crust)
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For the Crust:
1 cup macadamia nuts (plus more for garnish)
5 oz/1 sleeve Lorna Doone cookies (from a 10 ounce package, about 19 cookies)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter

For the Filling:
3 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese (1 ½ pounds), at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
16 ounces sour cream, at room temperature
¼ cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Hot fudge and macadamia nuts, for garnish (if desired)

1.       Preheat oven to 325°.
2.       Finely chop macadamia nuts in a food processor. Add to a medium bowl. Finely chop the cookies in the food processor and add to the nuts. Mix in sugar and melted butter and stir until combined. Press in the bottom of a 9” springform pan. Set aside.
3.       Beat cream cheese on low speed until fluffy using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Add the sugar and mix on low until creamy. Add one egg at a time, mixing in between each addition.  Add the flour, lemon juice, and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the sour cream and beat well.
4.       Pour the mixture on top of the prepared crust. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes.  Turn off the oven and prop open the oven door. Let the cheesecake sit for one hour. Remove from oven and cool completely. Chill 24 hours before serving.
5.       Before serving, melt ¼ cup of hot fudge and pour over cheesecake. Top with more chopped macadamia nuts.

Source: Cheesecake (Crust adapted) from www.Momswhothink.com.

This recipe will be linked with:
MondayMingle Monday (Add a Pinch), Joy of DessertsTuesday2 Maids a Baking (2 Maids a Milking). WednesdayCast Party WednesdayMade It On Monday (Lark's Country Heart), This Chick Cooks.  ThursdaySweet Treats Thursday (Something Swanky), Chic-and-Crafty (Frugal Girls). FridaySweet Tooth Friday (Alli-n-son). SaturdaySweets for a Saturday (Sweet as Sugar Cookies). SundayA Well-Seasoned LifeSavory Sunday (The Sweet Details)



At July 19, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger The Better Baker said...

Congrats!!! How sweet to reminisce about your special wedding day. Thanks for sharing pictures and this terrific recipe too...I'm crazy about cheesecake! And yours looks fantastic. I want a bite NOW!

At July 19, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful posting and great sounding cheesecake. Yours was still the best wedding I've ever been to. May your next 10 years (and after) be even better!

At July 19, 2011 at 11:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks yummy! Would you come by my Cast Party Wednesday Link Party tomorrow and share some of your recipes with us?
I hope to see you there!

At July 19, 2011 at 11:13 PM , Blogger So Domesticated said...

Oh my... looks delish! Cheesecake is my fav!

At July 19, 2011 at 11:15 PM , Blogger So Domesticated said...

P.S. Forgot to wish you a very Happy Anniversary!

At July 20, 2011 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I'm on my way there now. :)

@So Domesticated
Thank you! I'm just so happy I made a creamy, non lumpy cheesecake! (It's my first success.) Thanks for reading!

At July 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Mrs. Jen B said...

Mmmmm I wish I had come of that right now! And yes, decoration/garnish can hide a multitude of sins. Which is why my chocolate cheesecake always gets a layer of ganache - at first it was out of neccesity but now my husband demands it! ;)

Happy anniversary!

At July 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@Mrs. Jen B
Chocolate ganache - what a great idea. I'll have to remember that next time. Thanks for visiting! :)

At July 20, 2011 at 6:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog! I LOVE cheesecake; having just moved from the NYC area, we're missing that! I love the idea of the macadamia nut & shortbread crust. What a great twist on such a delicous dessert! I'm a new follower. Thanks again for popping over to my blog!

At July 20, 2011 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Happy 10th anniversary, Dorothy. This is such a nice post with lovely memories and thoughts for the future, plus a great cheesecake too. Enjoy Vegas.

I like that the crust isn't the traditional graham cracker, and macadamia nuts are so healthy. It seems like a wonderful cheesecake all around. Thank you for linking it at Joy of Desserts. :-)

At July 21, 2011 at 12:21 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, who needs Cheesecake Factory? I say everyone should just go to your house instead.

At July 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM , Blogger Kim McCallie said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your cheesecake. It looks absolutely delicious. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


At July 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Sweet And Crumby said...

Oh this cake looks crazy delicious! Happy Anniversary! Ten years is wonderful...have a great time in Vegas!

At July 26, 2011 at 3:24 AM , Anonymous Jenifer Decosta said...

That's very sweet and yummy.Cheese cake was awesome.

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At July 26, 2011 at 7:12 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Thanks for stopping by! I know what it's like missing food from home. Thanks for the comment! :)

@Kim McCallie
I will have to go by today if it's not too late - we got back late Sunday! Thanks for reading! :)

@Sweet and Crumby
Thank you! We had a wonderful time. :)

Thanks for reading! It's the first cheesecake I've made that I'm proud of. :)

At July 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Cast Party Wednesday last week. I really appreciate you sharing your recipe with us. I hope you will join us again for another awesome party filled with yummy recipes.
Thanks Again!

At September 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Chris said...

Having cheesecakes for wedding parties is so unique but it is indeed a nice idea. Thanks for the recipe.

Catering NYC

At November 24, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Anonymous Online pharmacy reviews said...

Oh my... looks delish! Cheesecake is my fav!


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