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