Vanilla Cheesecake-athon...

So last week was a bit of a trying week in this little baking project of mine. The next thing in the “basic” recipes section, was learning how to make a graham cracker crust. The graham cracker crust is quite possibly the yummiest of all crusts…a small gift from above ;-) YUM. YUM. YUM. Graham crackers, sugar, cinnamon, and butter = heaven. I decided to fill up this “deliciousness” with the Vanilla Cheesecake recipe, also found in the book.

Here’s a photo of my 1st attempt ☹

1st Attempt (Vanilla Cheesecake)

I think I may have baked it just a tad too long. Do you see the little “puff” for lack of a better word, on top? What’s up with that? I was hoping for a more flat appearance. So obviously, appearance-wise that one blew, but taste-wise it rocked. However, even though it was really good, I couldn’t get past that it didn’t look like the picture in the book, so I decided to give it another whirl.

Here’s my 2nd attempt ☹

2nd Attempt (CRACK in the middle...arg)

It looked perfect when I took it out of the oven, and I really paid attention this time, as I didn’t want to overcook it and get the “puff” again. So I set it on the wire rack to cool. I come back a little while later and there is a BIG crack in it. ARG! ARG! ARG! It looked worse than the first one I made. (Jenny=pissed.) Thomas took that one to work, he said his co-workers could give two shits about what it looked like.

Here’s a photo of my 3rd Vanilla Cheesecake.

3rd Attempt (Vanilla Cheesecake)

This time I doubled the crust recipe, I didn’t end up using all of the mixture, but about ¾ of it. I think I am content enough to move forward now ;-)