I am convinced that if you do not like cheesecake you are either an alien or something is seriuously wrong with your taste buds. While I happen to love crust, my husband is not a crust kind of guy but he does love cheesecake. So I was on a hunt for a simple crustless cheesecake recipe online and made a few tweeks to make it perfect.
Here is what you will need:
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups sour cream, room temperature
8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1½ cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Here is how to do it!
* Coat the inside of a 10 inch springform pan with butter. Be generous with the butter 😉
* Use aluminum foil to wrap around the outside of the pan covering bottom and sides.
* Preheat oven to 300º.
* Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
* Add eggs one at a time until blended.
* Add sour cream and mix until smooth.
* Add sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon juice, beat for about 2 minutes or until smooth
* Pour the batter into the springform pan
* Place the pan in a roasting pan large enough so that none of the sides touch the pan. (This is why tight aluminum foil is so important. No water can seep into the pan)
* Place the pan into oven
* With the rack of the over pulled out, carefully pour boiling water into roasting pan so that it reaches halfway up sides of springform pan. (be careful not to splash any water onto cake)
*Bake for 2 hours, or until cake is lightly browned on top.
*Remove the pan from water, remove foil and cool completely at room temperature before unlatching and removing rim.
*Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. It is best to chill it overnight. The longer in the fridge the better set the cheesecake will be. Eat plan or with fresh fruit and whip cream on top like I did below! So delish!
Let me know how it comes out!
Until Next Time!
(Photo taken from http://www.patricianeelydorsey.com/country9.htm)
I find myself daydreaming about having a small farm on a piece of land out in the country more often then I like to admit. I found this poem written by Patricia Neely-Dorsey. The words “uncomplicated, unhurried, unrushed” are words I dream of. Living on a small farm, homesteading or any lifestyle that includes living off of the land is not an easy road to take. You still have to wake up “before the chickens” to feed animals, do farm chores, garden chores in addition to all of the normal house hold duties that we have to take care of on a daily basis. It is not a glamorous lifestyle but yet, my heart longs for it.
When the heart desires something we tend to start praying for that specific desire. We open our bibles to Psalms 37:4 “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. Then we wait and wonder why God isn’t giving us what we want. What proceeds is weeks, months and even years of waiting. This is when we become impatient. Waiting, wondering why, crying when no one is looking and eventually, even though you may not admit it, we become angry at God.
I would be lying if I said I have not been there. People will tell you all of the time to “let go and let God”. I think we hear that saying so often that we forget how very powerful it is. You see Proverbs 19:21 tells us “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”.
You can take comfort in knowing that while you may choose the path to get there, God purpose for your life will prevail. He knows us better than we know ourselves and I can rest easy knowing that the wait is a perfect time to be closer to Him and delight in Him. Only then will you have peace during the wait. Because at the end of the day, no matter our circumstance, our heart is all he desires.
Tomatoes. The holy grail of gardening. When most people make the decision to start their home garden tomatoes are always at the top of the list of vegetables they they want to plant. (yes I know they are technically a fruit 😛 )
When I first started out I was overwhelmed by the amount of options when it comes to tomatoes. Look through any seeds catalog or online seed company and there will be pages and pages of different types of tomatoes seeds to choose from. I had no idea there were so many different types of tomatoes!
What most people do not know is that there is a way to narrow down your for the search the perfect tomato to plant. Tomatoes are divided into two categories: Determinate and Indeterminate. Both types of tomatoes will give you beautiful delicious fruit and there is not much difference in how you would care for them. The difference between determinate and indeterminate comes in how they grow and how they produce fruit.
Simply put a determinate tomato plant bares all of their fruit at one time and an indeterminate bares fruits over the course of the entire season. In order for you to decide which type of tomato plant is best for you, we will need to dig into their differences a bit further.
In the case of determinate tomatoes you will have a shorter, bush-like tomato plant that does does not require much pruning. Determinate tomato plants normally do not grow more than 3-4 ft tall. Because of this, they will not require much staking either. Since you will get most of your fruit at the same time, determinate tomatoes are best for people who are hoping for large crop harvests at a certain time of the season. Most large scale tomato farms use determinate plants in order to schedule crop harvest in the small 2-3 week window when all of the fruit on the plants are ripe. Once most of the fruit on each plant is ripe, new flowers will very seldom produce fruit.
Indeterminate on the other hand are very different. These types of tomato plants produce fruit throughout the season. This means that rather than getting all of your tomatoes in a 2-3 week period, each tomato works individually to ripen on its own. Some indeterminate tomato plants can grow more than 8 ft tall! Since this type of tomato plant grows tall vines rather than short bushes like determinate; strong steaks, tall tomato cages and / or a trellis for the vines to climb will be essential. Indeterminate tomato plants will also require a bit more pruning than the determinate variety. It will be important to prune off dead or diseased leaves and suckers that way the plant can focus on producing more fruit rather than foliage. This type of tomato plant is ideal for home gardeners who want to enjoy tomatoes all season long because you could be harvesting several tomatoes each week rather than having the whole mother-load all at once.
Tomatoes are the go-to plant to grow for most home gardeners. I do not think I have ever met anyone who doesn’t like them, even if it is just to make pasta sauce! Understanding the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomato plants is the first step in choosing the perfect variety for your home garden!
Until next time, good luck in the garden this season!