Sunday, July 15, 2012

Apricot Glazed Black and White Cheesecakes

 

I always look forward to the 15th of the month because it means that I get to try a new cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcake Book!  When I first decided to participate in the Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club, I just thought baking cupcakes would be fun.  And easy.  And fun.  Little did I know at the time that if one actually bakes through this book, it's like going to pastry school.  These aren't just cute little cupcakes with decorations, each recipe is like a mini version of a delicious confection and each employs different techniques!  Almost two years later, I'm a much better baker because of it!


In this month's recipe, we baked cupcake-sized cheesecakes.  The crust called for chocolate wafer cookies such as Nabisco's Famous Wafers.  Of course, no such cookie could be found in my local grocery store.  And why would they carry it?  I mean, what's a chocolate wafer without the filling?  Since no wafers could be found, I had to make my own - by unscrewing the tops off of an entire package of Oreos!  Do you see what's left?  At this point, I may have said OUT LOUD something about having to throw the scraps away.  Immediately, the same ears that can not hear me ask them to empty the dishwasher came scrambling from throughout the house and the result was this Oreo Frenzy! Needless to say, no Oreos were forced to live the remainder of their lives in the trash.


This recipe was simple and came together quickly.  If you ever feel intimidated about making cheesecake, try the cupcake version!  It's much more manageable!


The crust was comprised of crushed chocolate wafers, sugar and butter.  Use your thumb to smush them in place.


The simple vanilla cheesecake batter gets scooped on top.


After baking and cooling, heat apricot jam and mix until smooth.  Spoon a teaspoon on top of each cheesecake.  The recipe suggests straining the apricot jam so it's not lumpy, but I happen to like a little pulp.  Or I'm lazy.  Or both. 


For a cherry version of this recipe, check out Rebecca @ Beurrista!  (Who also picked this month's assignment!)

If you'd like to bake along with us, just grab the cookbook and link up your POST!  You can find the RECIPE on Martha's Website!

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4 comments:

  1. So pretty! Your photos are always so stunning. And cheesecake? with Oreo? Yessss.

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  2. thanks for baking along, what with your crazy, hectic schedule!

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  3. 10 points for not straining! (this from the woman who once made an apple pie without peeling the apples..)I think they look gorgeous and delicious. If they're tiny any I eat 6 (or 12) of them is that better or worse than eating an 'actual' cheesecake? The martha thing sounds fun

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  4. We JUST made apricot jam last week and kept the lumps. Makes it more tasty to me. These look delicious. I would love it if you would share this on my linky party - Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/07/tout-it-tuesday-15.html

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