Thursday, June 23, 2011

Killer Key Lime Cheesecake Recipe - Cheesecake Factory Inspired

It doesn't get any better than this, my friends!!! Inspired by the tart and sinful key lime cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, this recipe is truly phenominal in a can't-put-the-fork-down kind of way.


















Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup graham crumbs
5 tbsp melted butter
1 cup plus 1 tbsp organic sugar
3 pkgs cream cheese (250g each)
1 tsp pure vanilla
Juice from 14 small key limes (approx 1/2 cup juice)
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt


















Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine graham crumbs, melted butter and 1 tbsp sugar in a bowl until moist and crumbly.
3. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and slightly up the sides of an 8" springform pan.
4. Bake the crust for 5-6 minutes and set aside.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, 3 eggs, lime juice and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
6. Pour the filling onto the crust.
7. Place a baking dish filled with an inch of water on the lower rack of the oven.
8. Bake for 60-70 minutes until the top becomes slightly golden.
9. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Take Me To...

...this gorgeous country estate in Napa, California featured in Dream Homes Magazine.

I am in love with the 100-year-old wood ceiling beams that sit atop incredibly spacious rooms, flooded with sunlight. With a wood paneled library, pool and swim-up-bar, outdoor kitchen and fireplace, wine cellar and 5 acres of Chardonnay vines, (I die!) it might make up for not being on the water. $5,890,000.00 to purchase this wine lover's/entertainer's dream.
















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