I would have to say my love of food is probably more fervent than the average person. There is nothing I enjoy more than ordering 1.5 entrees when eating out, making enough food to last me a couple days and then eating it all in one sitting instead, talking about eating while I’m eating, stuffing my face til I can no longer formulate complete sentences . . . you get the picture. I cook and eat mostly healthy fare, but I unfortunately inherited my dad’s sweet tooth and will probably inherit his diabetes as well. I’ve learned by trial-and-error to only bake for other people and/or special occasions, because I end up eating the whole batch when I bake something just for myself.
I made these for a birthday dinner this past August, and the birthday boy was an avid cheesecake and peanut butter lover. I had never made cheesecake before nor really eaten much of it, so this project was a bit of a challenge in that I didn’t know how to adjust cheesecake texture and flavor during the baking process like I know with cookies or regular cake.
I got the recipe for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes from Food Network, courtesy of Paula Deen. Click on the photos below for a larger view!
I had no idea how to make cheesecake fluffy, so I thought perhaps just beating the cheesecake mixture extra long with would do the trick. I think it paid off – when I had my first bite, my favorite line from Despicable Me came to mind. Big thanks to baking/cooking connoisseur Jay Liu for letting me borrow his electric mixer!
Again, I’m not an avid fan of cheesecake, but I have to admit these were pretty tasty. The birthday boy liked them too, so that’s all that matters in the end. Thanks, Paula Deen!