Got a date? Got a girl? Taking her out tonight? Listen up. Here's an idea: stay in. Bring out the cutlery, the beater, and some pots and pans. Heat up the oven. It's going to be just the two of you, tonight, in your place, enjoying a sinfully delectable slice of cake â€“ of your own doing.
Let's go with a cheesecake in this instance. Cheesecakes are classics â€“everyone likes them. Better yet, they're easy to make, and there's a variety of flavors and toppings you can go with.
Here's a simple guide to making a blueberry cheesecake. Follow the directions through, and even if you're not a five-star pastry chef, you'll come up with a great cake to share on what should be a great night with your girl.
The product may look slightly complicated, but cheesecakes are made up of only a few, and not to mention the most common, ingredients. You may have them just lying around the kitchen.
Check your cupboards for these items. If you don't have one or two of these things already at hand, it's worth a quick trip to the grocery. It won't tear a hole through your pocket, for sure.
â€¢ 1 1/2 cups of Graham Cracker crumbs
â€¢ 1/3 cup of melted butter
â€¢ 3 tablespoons of sugar
â€¢ 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
â€¢ 1 cup of sugar
â€¢ 3 eggs
â€¢ 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
â€¢ 1 can of blueberry pie filling
Get a bowl, a pan, and a whisk or an electric beater ready. Heat up the oven if needed be.
Prepping the Crust
Mix Graham Cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and butter until you come up with a thick and solid consistency. Place this mixture onto a springform pan, and flatten it to the bottom and sides of the pan. Press well, and make sure the surface is more or less level. Set aside while you move on to the batter.
Prepping the Batter
Beat the cream cheese until it's light and fluffy. Pour one cup of sugar in increments into the cheese while beating. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking constantly to make sure all the components meld well. Add the vanilla extract last. Give it another good whisk â€“ and finally, your batter's all finished and ready.
Baking and Chilling
Spoon the batter onto your prepared crust and even it out on top. Pour the blueberry pie filling starting from the center and going outwards.
Bake the cake in 375Â°F (190Â°C) for 35-40 minutes. Take it out and let it cool for a while on the kitchen counter, in room temperature, for about 30-45 minutes. Use a knife to unstick the crust from the sides of the pan.
Make sure that the cheesecake has cooled completely before you cover it up and place it in your fridge. Keep it chilled for about four hours before serving.
Staying in is definitely the "in" thing these days. Taking your date out to a restaurant is still a classic, sure â€“ but more and more, girls are looking for guys who can do wonders in the kitchen. If you really want to impress your girl, study up and show off your culinary know-how.
Aside from this sweet treat for dessert, prep the place up for a romantic evening. You don't have to take out your finest silverware â€“ just set the table up so it looks inviting. Stock up on some good DVDs. Pop in a CD in your sound system, or just hook your music player up to a pair of speakers and choose some tracks to play over dinner. With your cheesecake, it's the recipe for a great stay-at-home date.
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