Raspberry Cheesecake

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Flowers are blooming everywhere. Trees are turning green. With the arrival of Spring, farmer’s markets and local farms are opening their gates. Most of the fruit and veggies from produce section of the grocery store have a “made in USA” sticker on them and not made in Chile or Mexico. The local paper has lots of ads for strawberry picking places.

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I love going berry picking. Strawberry are the first berries of the season. My favorite are raspberries. Probably you all know all berries are rich in fiber. They can be added to salad, eaten as a sweet treat or turned into smoothies.

This month is #berrylove month. Please join in on the #berrylove fun by linking up any berry recipe from the month of April 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #berrylove event! The twitter hashtag is #berrylove :)

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My friend Junia @ Mis Pensamientos created this monthly event in August 2011. If you follow me for a while now you probably know I’ve mentioned it in November, December (multiple times even) January February and March

This month I’m happy to co-host with some wonderful bloggers, please be sure to check them out

A little bit of everything ~ Roxana GreenGirl  | Baker Street ~ Anuradha | Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves ~ Becky Higgins | BigFatBaker ~ Erin Meyer | Bon à croquer ~ Valerie | Cake Duchess ~ Lora | Easily Good Eats ~ Three Cookies | Elephant Eats ~ Amy | Hobby And More ~ Richa | Java Cupcake ~ Betsy Eves | Mis Pensamientos ~ Junia ~ | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ T.R. | Oh Cake ~ Jessica | Queen’s Notebook ~ Elizabeth  Quirino | Rico sin Azúcar ~ Helena| Simply Reem ~  Reem | Soni’s Food for Thought ~ Soni | Teaspoon of Spice ~ Deanna Segrave-Daly | That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!! ~ Liz | The Art of Cooking Real Food ~ Laura  | The Wimpy Vegetarian ~ Susan | Vegan Yack Attack ~ Jackie S. | Vegetarian Mamma ~ Cindy

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April Fools day!

Who would have thought I’m so good at planning!

Few days I was craving cheesecake like crazy. I had some raspberries in the fridge and remembering I also have to make something for the blog hop I decided to whip up a raspberry cheesecake. Nothing too fancy, no water bath required, no cracks to cover :)

Browsing the net for a little bit I decided to go with Martha Stewart’s no bake cheesecake. It’s a no-bake cheesecake. it’s a fool-proof cheesecake. You can’t go wrong with it, right?

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I made the crust using 1 cup almonds and 1 cup graham crackers. While the crust was chilling I whipped the room temperature cream cheese with the condensed milk. Threw some fresh raspberries in the pan and poured the cheesecake over. Covered with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours. It’s that simple.

Unless we’re talking about a smoothie or a peanut-butter & jelly sandwich I don’t know any other dessert that takes so little to put together.

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Few hours later i remembered reading about these tricks that some food stylists use to make the food look fresh and oh so good. You know, like half-cooked burger or using a blowtorch for browning the edges of the juiciest burger ever, foam soap as cappuccino, glycerin sprayed on greens, shoe polish so raw meat appears to be the most succulent steak you’ve ever seen, white glue instead of milk when combined with cereals.

You’re probably wondering why these random thoughts are popping in my head while waiting for my cheesecake to set. Well, let me explain.

The recipe says “Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, 2 1/2 to 3 hours” I left mine in the fridge for a day and then another day, but the cheesecake was still wobbly. 3 hours turned in 48 and I still couldn’t cut it. If you follow me on Facebook you probably now about this cheesecake fiasco.

Time was flying and I had no other berry recipe to share with you today. After reading this beautiful post by Kristen I realized I don’t need another recipe. This is my blog and for over a year or so I talked about my baking/cooking adventures. This is one of them. Was I upset the cheesecake didn’t set? You bet! But there was nothing I could do to prevent it. Was I the only one that tried Martha’s recipe and eat a wobbly cheesecake? No. If you read other reviews (which I should have done prior to actually taking the cream cheese out of the fridge) you’ll see others had the same problem.

To be able to take it out of the cake pan I froze the cheesecake for a couple of hours. It did set a little but by the time I finished taking some photos it was starting to collapse.

What a perfect April Fools recipe!

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Now, I’m just going to cry a little bit more.

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Comments

  1. says

    This cheese cake looks so good, wobbly or not. I love the raspberry sauce on top. Your pictures are gorgeous. I have had problems with Martha’s recipes as well. I won’t use her recipes anymore!

    Sending lots of #berrylove your way!

  2. Deanna Segrave-Daly says

    OK, your “fiasco” still looks beyond delicious and yummy! Your raspberries are the most beautiful color and it’s always good to share not just our “ups” but our “downs” in the kitchen (though I’m sure no one would turn down a piece of this!)

  3. says

    Oh, I’d eat this cheesecake fiasco in a red hot minute! Even though it didn’t set up, it looks darn delicious!!! Sending you tons of #berrylove, my friend!

    PS…I had an adventure with the leaning tower of cake yesterday :/ So I feel your pain.

  4. says

    Oh my goodness! Don’t cry, woman – go get a spoon!! That pie/cake/pudding will taste great regardless of what form it takes – just look at the pictures! I’m drooling over here – you may not cry. It wouldn’t be fair to the rest of us who want to knock on your door with our own spoon in hand!

  5. says

    Roxana, this looks amazing, even collapsed! :) I did this once, I baked a cheesecake in a waterbath when the recipe didn’t specify this, and I tried to remove the tray after 2 hours… lucky me, I had the tin foil around the tray to keep it from overflowing all over the counter. It was delicious anyway :))

  6. Kitchen Belleicious says

    wow! The cheesecake just pops with that beautiful raspberry color! OH my I wish i had this right now!

  7. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings says

    i’ve never made cheesecake before (shh…). now i’m scared…about the not setting! but you know what? who cares as long as it’s edible and delicious! all those pro food stylisg tricks – not for us, hehehe! like you, i enjoy eating what i make in the kitchen.

  8. says

    first of all, i love how you used almonds in the crust. you can see the morsels in the pictures! the raspberry cheese looks beautiful even though it didn’t set, especially with the blend of cheese and berries swirling together. :) i haven’t heard a lot of good reviews with no bake cheesecakes in terms of the “setting” part, but i’m sure it still tasted delicious! hugs.

  9. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says

    I am so sorry it collapsed while you were taking photos – if I were you, I’d pick a spoon and just eat :)

  10. says

    oh this looks lusciously good! I could dive into those raspberries, such great photos. It’s nice to know that we all have things like this happen and good for you for sharing, I’m not as brave but I just might be now :)

  11. says

    Oh dear ! I am so sorry about that. Well, once I followed Giada’s recipe to make a fudge and it didn’t set all. We ended up eating it just like that. Your cheese cake looks delicious and I am sure next time it will not fall off that way.
    I always prefer baked cheese cake :)

  12. says

    I hate when a recipe doesn’t turn out the way it’s supposed to. Some of my fiascoes have made me cry. But I will say this, I’ve never had a fiasco that looks as good as yours. I would eat that up with a spoon or a straw! :)

    Looking forward to #berrylove!

  13. says

    That cheesecake is a dream! Really! Actually if you would’t have said that it didn’t turn out (set properly), I would have said, that it should be like this, I mean it’s just asking for a big spoon to scoop it all up!

  14. says

    Oh, wow. I understand the stress of waiting for something to come out so you can post about it. I’m sorry the recipe disappointed but it really does still look good. I bet it tasted great anyway. Wobbly or not, I won’t ever turn down a slice of cheesecake.

  15. says

    Oh wow, this cheesecake is lush! I so want to stick a fork and spoon in and devour it! I feel your pain though, as I love non-baked chilled cheesecakes more than baked ones but they are always so tricky to get right…probably cause I never wait long enough…lol

  16. says

    I am so sorry your beautiful cheese cake collapsed on you :(
    It does look beautiful though, even the photo with it melting down :) Fun event…
    Hope you are having a great week, hugs

  17. says

    Oh man, no crying allowed:-( Because that cheesecake is still looks pretty fantastic to me! I mean hey, you can put that delicious treat in a bowl, and devour away!!! It really does look gorgeous, and I love that crust:-) Hugs, Terra

  18. Richa@HobbyandMore says

    oh oh.. even though that dint set.. the cheesecake still looks so deliciously gorgeous. i’d want to lick my spoon all clean for sure.

  19. says

    Collapsed or not, it looks delicious! Berries and cheesecake are two of my favorite things.

    I received your email about the fig bread recipe but just haven’t had a moment to sit and type it up yet. I’ll send as soon as I get a chance to type it!

  20. Linda says

    Aww…I know how you feel. I have to say though the photos are stunning!! I don’t think there is anyone out here that hasn’t had something not turn out right. I’m glad you shared this, it really does sound delicious!!

  21. haniela says

    This i one delicious Party. I just re-read your post, sorry my entries are not necessary from the April. Your cheesecake makes me droll, it look so delicious. I love all the berries.

    • haniela says

      I mean drool, there is window in the comment box that keeps showing and I can’t see well what I’m writing.

  22. says

    Wobbly or not I want to eat those photos! Actually Roxana I’m really pleased that you mention the “fiasco” part of it – we all have our cooking mishaps or “didn’t work the way I wanted” and it’s important to share those, too. Besides, wobbly cheesecake is still delicious!

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