Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

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This week’s photo challenge topic is indulge. My first idea was my delicious birthday cake. It was a cheesecake with a chocolate crust, chocolate topping, and cherries. I also included the recipe.

Ingredients:

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (4 ounce) packages of cream cheese (I actually used Neuchâtel cheese. It tastes similar to cream cheese, but it has less fat.) 
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon juice 
 
Crust: 
1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (In this recipe, I used chocolate flavored cookies.) 
1/4 cup butter melted 
1/4 cup sugar 
 
Topping: (Optional)
1/2 cup melted chocolate chips 
1/2 cup of low fat sour cream 
cherries 
 
This is the first time I tried chocolate with sour cream and it was a tasty success. Normally, I combine 1 cup low fat sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. 
 
Directions: 
Prepare graham cracker crust in a food processor to get into a fine crumb. Press onto a 9 inch pie plate or springform pan. I used a springform pan. Bake at 300F for 10 minutes. 
 
Mix the filling ingredients. Beat until it is completely blended and smooth. Pour into pie plate. Bake at 300F  for about 40 minutes. The center will no longer be wet and it may be slightly cracked, but it shouldn’t be brown. Let cool for 10 minutes.
 
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe container for about 20 seconds. You can also use the double boiler technique, but that takes more time. Spread the sour cream/chocolate topping evenly. Return to oven for about 5 minutes to set with sour cream topping.
 
Cool to room temperature and refrigerate at least 5 hours before serving. It works best if the dessert is prepared the day before. The most difficult part of this recipe is waiting!
 
Variation: Normally, I add food coloring with the sour cream topping to make almost a frosting. Create a beautiful design that matches any holiday! 
 

Enjoy!

 
What is the difference between cream cheese and Neuchâtel cheese?
 
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31 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

    ruralrouterunner said:
    February 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I feel like indulging in some of that cake right now!

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Oh it was very delicious! Thanks for stopping by.

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    amira said:
    February 25, 2012 at 4:29 am

    this is very cool.
    the cake looks so very yum and goes well with the theme.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      I think some people are afraid cheesecake is too difficult, but it’s not so much. Thanks for your comment.

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    Michelle Isenhoff said:
    February 25, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Oh, YUMUS! That picture says a thousand words and a thousand calories, but I don’t care. Thanks for the recipe!

    Hope you had a fantabulous birthday week! 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Oh you shouldn’t care too much about calories on your birthday! 🙂 Thanks, I had a great day. Thanks for stopping by.

    Jennifer said:
    February 25, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Yum! Sounds delicious!

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      It was very delicious! It needed a cool glass of milk. Thanks for your comment.

    sonsothunder said:
    February 25, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Great choice…chocolate cookies…

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      I wanted something with chocolate, but not too much chocolate. It was the perfect choice. Thanks for visiting.

    Maggie L R said:
    February 25, 2012 at 10:18 am

    LOVE cheesecake.. a great indulgence that I have had to pass up because of the calories. I think I gained a pound just looking at your photo.

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Oh, don’t let calories stop you from trying something delicious. 🙂 It’s okay if just for a special occasion or just a quick sample. Thanks for stopping by.

    Jo Bryant said:
    February 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

    yummy – that is going to be on my recipe todo list

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      The sour cream topping will have people wonder what your secret is. Thanks for your visit.

    dadirri7 said:
    February 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    i cant indulge in your festive cake due to allergies, but it certainly looks wonderful, indulgent indeed! christine http://wp.me/p296YA-2Z

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      That’s a shame that you can’t sample my cheesecake. However, I’m sure recipes can be altered to fit anyone. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    cobbies69 said:
    February 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Now, I do like this, you give us the recipe..lovely picture. 😉

      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      I thought it would be nice to include the process of how I created such a tasty treat. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

    Amar Naik said:
    February 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm
      Caroline responded:
      February 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      It was a wonderful tasty treat! 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    February 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    YUM!

      Caroline responded:
      February 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Oh, the dessert was very yummy! 🙂

    Rochelle said:
    February 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, chocolate crust and that cherry syrup! Looks delicious.

      Caroline responded:
      February 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      It was very tasty & delicious! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

      Caroline responded:
      February 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Yes, it had just the right amount of chocolate. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    Gracie Sam said:
    February 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    The cake looks so tempting and delicious Caroline! 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      February 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Gracie Sam! It was almost too good! 🙂

    Pranjali.com said:
    February 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    i am going to try this recipe. thanks for sharing
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