Do you have that one recipe that is your “signature” recipe? Like the recipe that you make when you really want to impress people. That recipe that you know by heart because you make it so often.
As someone who makes a lot of recipes, it was actually kind of difficult for me to come up with a signature recipe to make for an office bake-off. Sometimes I tend to bake things that are a little to experimental and not necessarily “bake-off” contenders. Not that they aren’t good, but to win a bake-off, you have to play to the crowd. It’s all about strategy folks!
After thinking about for a while I concluded that while I may not have a signature recipe, my mom does! So I made my mom’s cheesecake recipe (also seen here), which I knew would be a contender, if not the winner!
To make the cheesecake a bit easier to eat, I decided to make them into little bites (of course, I had to do something to make the recipe my own) and dip them in chocolate.
I started by baking the cheesecake in a square baking pan with a graham cracker crust. After the came out of the oven, I let them cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator overnight. It’s always good to let cheesecake cool completely before serving, but this also made it a lot easier to cut into bite-sized pieces.
I then dipped the chilled pieces of cheesecake into melted chocolate, first dipping the tops and letting the chocolate harden, then dipping the bottom half of the cheesecake bite. I tried drizzling the chocolate and some other dipping techniques, but this way worked the best for me. You can do it however you like.
After all the bites were covered in chocolate, I popped them all back in the freezer to harden. I would also recommend dipping the bites in batches, and keeping the un-dipped ones in the freezer until you are ready. They are much easier to handle when they are practically frozen.
Well, I would love to tell you that these cheesecake bites won the bake-off. They actually came in second behind a surprisingly delicious banana cake. Seriously, if a banana cake can beat cheesecake, it’s got to be one damn good cake. Don’t worry, I got the recipe so I will have to make it and share it with you guys.
But second place it’s bad at all! I’ll take it!
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