It's time for another post in my newest feature: Bake it, Make it & Take it!
(You can check out the first post I did in this feature by clicking on the link above)
My parents were up visiting for 10 days recently and, while they were here, my mother did her magic with cheesecake.
I don't think I've mentioned it here before, but I grew up in the food business. My mom worked in prestigious New England inns, upscale candy shops and then my parents started their own bakery/cafe when I was 12. I spent my mornings helping my father opening up the bakery before I went to school, then helped him close up at the end of the evening. My parents eventually went into the wholesale dessert business and we all helped out. Later on, my parents changed the focus of their business and we got into catering. My husband and I started our own catering business and worked that for almost 7 years before he finally went back in carpentry and I came home full time to work my stamping business 3 years ago.
Anyway......because we've all been steeped in food for so long.....it's always a guarantee that when my parents are around, we're gonna eat good. Last Friday, my mom came over to use my kitchen (my parents live in RI on their sailboat year round -going on 4 years now, so she enjoys having a real kitchen to work in these days) and my house smelled like glorious cheesecake! She made a total of 5 different kinds and then we all had to taste test them the next day....and again on Sunday! Oh, the horrors! (not really *wink*)
Mom had some cheesecake batter left, so we got to brainstorming and thought that we would use it up to make smaller cheesecakes! Muffin sized cheesecakes! (because, ya know, you can eat like 4 of those and not feel bad because they're small! hey - it works for me!) And because my mom and I have teamed up for this awesome feature, I have an all new project to share with you that's fun to make, will put a smile on the face of the person you give it to and it's good eatin'!
This project uses my mom's Chocolate Zebra Cheesecake Recipe.
By making mini cheesecakes in a muffin tin, and using a Large Round Tin with a window top (from GinaK Designs), you can create a "Birthday Party To-Go." These tins are a super deal at only $1.99 each and can be used for a multitude of uses. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
For the mini cheesecakes, we used one of the alternate options at the bottom of her recipe (my mom also gives directions on a marbled cheesecake, as well). We chose to go with the Mini Chocolate Chip cheesecakes. We lined a muffin tin with muffin cups and placed half an Oreo cookie in each muffin tin to use as the "crust." SO YUMMY!
To create the tin, I started out with a Large Round Tin with a window (from GinaK) and decorated it with a couple of strips of patterned paper from the Cutie Pie Designer Series Paper pack. I layered a length of Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon around the tin. I also adhered a length of the same ribbon around the lid of the tin. I used some Sticky Strip to tack down the ends of the ribbon on the inside of the lid.
The little flowers that I used to decorate around the tin are also from GinaK. They're her new Plastic Flower Outlines from her new Bling & Dazzle line of embellishments. I pressed them into my Burgandy craft pad and then dried them with my heat gun to speed up the drying (make sure that if you do this that you don't move the flowers until they cool down because they'll be pliable and you don't want to bend or warp them and have them cool down and settle that way). I placed a mini gold brad in each of them and then attached them to the ribbon around the tin with mini glue dots. I used a total of 5 flower outlines around the tin. I also used one on top of the tin.
I used a greeting from Gina's How Sweet it is! set, which is one Gina's Stamps for a Cause sets. $7.00 from this set goes to help two Diabetes charities. I layered this on top of a piece of patterned paper from the Cutie Pie pack and then on a piece of Bashful Blue cardstock. This was put on top of the ribbon and tin lid with some pop-dots.
I mounted one of the Plastic Flower Outlines on top of the greeting to carry over the theme from the side of the tin.
Inside the tin, I used some white tissue paper to cushion the mini cheesecake muffin. I stamped the tissue paper with the little flower from the Tag, You're It! set with Purely Pomegranate ink. (by the way, that set was made especially to coordinate with the Bling & Dazzle Tag Assortment)
This would be perfect to bring to work for a co-worker, to put in the lunch box for your hubby or significant other, for one of your kids' teachers, a boss' gift, etc.
Again, for this easy recipe (and alternatives), you can get that here ---> Chocolate Zebra Cheesecake Recipe
My mom also has a blog with some other recipes on it that you can check out here ---> Spatulas, Corkscrews & Suitcases.
Happy Creating, baking and eating!