Food

No Bake Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

IMG_3771An idea shot down that turned into one beautiful dessert.  I give up easily on people if we don’t click.  My best friend Brandi once told me, “you can’t reason with crazy.”  She couldn’t be more right.  When people don’t make sense or are just plain stuck on stupid, I can’t deal with it, I don’t have the patients.  I  know they’re not going to change so I pat them on the back, wish them a good day and I truck on.  I’m not sure if it’s their ego or pride that they hold on to, ego and pride could mean the same thing for all I know.  Doesn’t matter, all I know is that I can’t identify with these people.  I do what I do and if you like it, cool and if you don’t, cool.  I don’t get all eye of the tiger and go ape shit and feel I have to defend myself or my family name.  “Uh, it’s just a cheesecake….I’ll move on.”

That’s what happened with this No Bake Cheesecake.   You see, cheesecake has to remain on the menu at work for reasons I can only guess, but it does.   So, work wanted a new style, a different plating, some kind of presentation change, just something different.  The No Bake Cheesecake was my contribution, actually my contribution was the No El bake-o Cheesecake-o.   The interns thought it was funny but management was not amused.  Shocker!  “Work is not meant to be fun Goddamn it!!”   I made this cheesecake in a nice ring mold with an oatmeal crumble, fresh fruit, fresh cream and strawberry sorbet.  It looked classy yet simple and easy to plate.  Bonus, you could say it was vegetarian and could be made gluten free.  I pitched my dessert and lost out to a recipe that someone brought in from Woman’s Day magazine.  This is the part where I give up, shrug my shoulders like Al Bundy and go “Why do I try?” and move on.   How do you rationalize with these people?  You can’t.  You just can’t.

The Oatmeal Cookie Crust I got from a good friend of mine.  ME!!  I posted on April 7th a White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe.  Having leftover cookies I just pressed them into my pie plate.  Pretty cool and simple idea.  Martha Stewart can eat her heart out!  Martha and I have a feud going on that she knows nothing about but it’s killing me personally.  You don’t have to use my cookie recipe.  Hell, you can buy a pack of cookies from the grocery store for all I care.  I just want to make this easy for you.  If the cookies aren’t fresh or your cookies are a little dry, you may need to add a little melted butter to form the crust.  I didn’t weigh out or count how many cookies I used.  I just kept adding and pressing cookies into my pie plate until I had the crust I wanted.

No Bake Cheesecake

454g         cream cheese (2 pkgs)
113g         unsalted butter  (1 stick)
100g         sugar
227g         whole milk
47g           cornstarch
1Tbsp       vanilla

-cream together the cream cheese and butter until nice and smooth
-combine the milk, sugar and vanilla
-add about 1/3 of the milk mix to the cornstarch to make a slurry
-cook the milk mixture over medium heat
-let it get hot without boiling, add the cornstarch mix
-whisking constantly, cook until mixture thickens
-take off the heat and add half the cream cheese mixture
-return to medium heat and cook for another 2 minutes over medium heat
-take back off the heat and add the remaining cream cheese mixture and mix until smooth
-pour into the oatmeal pie crust and refrigerate overnight

Makes 1 – 9inch pie

The cheesecake has a nice smooth consistency without being dense.  I love this recipe for that exact reason.  I don’t like my cheesecake light and fluffy.  That’s cream cheese mousse.  No, I want a smooth nice creamy cheese cake.  THIS is that cheesecake.

This recipe isn’t as tedious as it seems.  As long as you don’t cook over high heat and make sure you’re whisking constantly you should be all right.

Hope you love it as much I do!!

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Before I made it pretty!

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Everything in order ready to go.

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Oatmeal Cookie pie crust

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