June 27, 2010


...what about Gershwin... c'mon let's listen to this again...
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Summertime 


  1. Summertime is a huge cheesecake :

    Red Velevet Crust Ingredients:

    2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup butter, melted

    Red Velevet Filling Ingredients:

    3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    4 eggs, beaten slightly
    3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
    1 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon white vinegar
    2 (1 ounce) bottles red food coloring

    Topping Ingredients:

    4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup butter, softened
    2 cups confectioners' sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Strawberries for garnish

    Red Velvet Cheesecake Directions:

    1. Mix together chocolate graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Add melted butter and mix well.

    2. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of 9-inch spring-form pan. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes; cool slightly.

    3. In a large bowl combine cream cheese and sugar and beat with a mixer until combined.

    4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

    5. Add cocoa, sour cream, buttermilk, vanilla extract, vinegar and red food coloring and continue to beat until filling is smooth and well mixed.

    6. Pour batter into prepared crust and bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cheesecake looks almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven and cool in pan. Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight (in pan).

    7. To make the topping: Beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of spring-form pan and garnish if desired with fresh strawberries.


  2. :) and cheesecake my favourite ...

    in a much simpler version... but if you do it I will try that one too, looks good with the mint leaves on top :)

    and some Turkish/Greek coffee... :)

    Yes finally it is summer ...

  3. arguably this is a lush preparation,but can give us some fresh ideas for experimentation on the traditional recipe.I would prefer a glass of Muscat wine with 1 ice cube instead (of Turkish/Greek coffee,more suited to baklava).