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In recent years, health pundits would not have called cheesecake a “health food”; but today is National Cheesecake Day! So relax and take a time-out from worrying about fats, and celebrate the pure pleasure of this family of deserts. In fact, cream cheese is loaded with Vitamin A and fatty acids that help our health. And a key dimension of Upbeat Living is enjoying your life!
Want to make your own cheesecake? Here is my own recipe for an Irish Cream Cheesecake, no technical skills required.
KEBBA’S IRISH CREAM CHEESECAKE
3 x 8-oz. bricks of cream cheese, room temperature
½ c Irish Cream liqueur (Kebba’s favorite: Carolan’s, available at Trader Joe’s)
½ c heavy cream
3 T flour (GF if you like, rice flour or oat flour if you like)
1 c organic sugar
1 t vanilla or almond extract
1/8 t sea salt
1 ¼ c graham crumbs + 3 T butter + 3 T organic sugar + 1/8 t sea salt
OR use 1 2/3 c honey corn chex crumbs + ¼ c butter + ¼ c organic sugar
OR use 2 frozen GF pie crusts, following package directions
If making your own crust, blend the ingredients with a fork and press into an 8” springform pan, pressing up sides. The Chex formula can fit a 9” springform pan. (Ever try to buy an 8” springform pan?) This may sound dumb, but wrap the bottom of the springform pan firmly with foil, as the melted butter may leak. Now put the cheesecake on a cookie sheet.
Blend the filling ingredients. In springform pan or pie crusts, bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Take it out for 10 minutes and finish baking at 350 for 15 more minutes. In the pie crusts, test for firmness after 5 more minutes. Of course, note variations needed with your stove.
Chill the cake/s before serving, for 2 hours or even overnight. Dust lightly with cocoa powder and drizzle with favorite fudge sauce, just before serving. Next time, make 2 and freeze some.
Now sit down with your cheesecake and enjoy every bite slowly. Savoring causes a food to fill us up sooner. And relaxing with a pleasure is also stress-dissolving.
So Happy National Cheesecake Day, my friends! Enjoy, and let me know how you like this cheesecake! And that’s Upbeat Living.
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- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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