When Christmas season rolls around, I get all warm and fuzzy. I put up the Christmas tree with my boys and we make a big occasion of it. I wrap all my presents on Christmas Eve, meaning I get to bed at some ridiculous hour. My husband usually gives up and goes before me. ( : I also do a lot of cooking in preparation. This year I figure to have roast beef and a pasta dish as well as a big salad and lots of sides.
And then there's dessert. I've got a sweet tooth and on Christmas Day I don't mind indulging. This year, I've decided to try a cheesecake recipe that I'm going to share with you.
Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake
24 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 pint whipping cream
5 jumbo eggs separated
2 envelopes gelatin
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Cream (or St. Brendan's)
Soften the gelatin in the water in a small saucepan. Stir the egg yolks into 1 cup sugar. Add mixture to the gelatin and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and bubbles. Let cool. Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the cocoa and beat again. Add the Bailey's and beat some more. Slowly add the gelatin mixture in and blend well. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar to the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cheese mixture. Pour over a ready-made crust or a crust of your making, and refrigerate for several hours or let set overnight.
For some crumb crust recipes, check out these tutorials:
For my Blueberry Crumble or Bailey's Co-Co Bay recipes click on the links.
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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012!