Monday, April 27, 2009

Daring Bakers April Challenge: Cheese and Wine Course

Leave it to me to turn dessert into a dinner course- the well know cheese and wine course :-) The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

Daring bakers returned to the sweet side this month and gave us the opportunity to get our creative juices flowing. We were provided with a basic plain cheesecake recipe and given the liberty to add, subtract, and change the recipe to create some unique flavors.

I asked a friend her favorite kind of cheesecake and she said Vanilla Bean. I was thinking, great what a boring choice. Ho-hum, boring, run-of-the-mill vanilla. But, I did have some vanilla beans I wanted to use up. Then I thought… Let’s increase the alcohol content in the cheesecake. Lastly, I had to do a little more tinkering with the basic Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and added a caramel sauce, an alcohol based caramel sauce. Hehehe… I can hear the gasp.

So, I present to you...

Kahlua French Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with a Kahlua French Vanilla Caramel Sauce...

I am getting really busy with graduation in less than 20 days from the date of this post. So, below I am including the ingredients without instructions. I am pretty sure you can figure out how to put them together on your own, :-)

Cheesecake Ingredients

- 2 cups Leibniz Butterkeks (German Cookie in Yellow package with Red writing- I bought mine from Wal-Mart)
- 1 stick butter
- 1 ½ tbs sugar

- 2 sticks cream cheese
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 liquid- (at least 1/3 cup heavy cream and the rest Kahlua French Vanilla)
- 2 tbs Kahlua French Vanilla
- 2 vanilla bean innards
Caramel Sauce:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbs light corn syrup
- heavy cream and Kahlua French Vanilla
- 4 tbs butter


  1. Kahlua French Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with a Kahlua French Vanilla Caramel Sauce...

    Yes! I agree, increasing the alcohol content in cheesecake greatly improves the quality. Especially if it is topped in caramel.

    And congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Woo hoo!

  2. You had me at Kahlua!!! Wow I bet this was soooo good. Beautiful.

  3. I put jamaican rum cream in mine and I agree, I should have put more alcohol. lol!
    JMom ~ Cooked from the Heart

  4. Yurme! Congrats on taking time to bake! I graduated from law school in May 08' and all I can say is enjoy these last few weeks--you'll never be in the same place, with the same people, feeling these same feelings again, and you'll want it back once you're gone.

  5. Kahlau French Vanilla - YUM! Enjoy the last bit of law school as soon you will be studying for the bar!

  6. I love that you doused your cheesecake with French Vanilla Kahlua! I can almost taste it, as it looks divine! Wonderful job!

  7. Yum! Looks fantastic. I love caramel.

  8. I've done something similar with cream rum, but I think I'd like this too! Yum!

  9. oh yumm.. kahlua, vanilla and caramel. Ditto on that. My boss actually skipped dinner because she was so full from my cheesecake. She actually thank me for "dinner" not dessert.

  10. Mmmm, I love Kahlua, I bet this was fabulous.

  11. I wish I were there to try it! congratulations on the graduation.

  12. I'm about a month late in leaving comments, sorry about that. This looks delicious, and I love kahlua with caramel.

    Jenny of JennyBakes