Thanks to Aunty Lyne* who triggered my baking frenzy, this time I tried to bake a cheesecake. It appears that it was not as difficult as I thought. In fact, I found it simpler than baking muffins or cupcakes. Here's one recipe from cdkitchen.com which worked for me even for the first time!
My very first cheesecake!
Ingredients for the biscuit base:
1 1/4 cup digestive biscuit crumbs or approx. 10 pieces (I used McVitie's)
1/4 cup sugar
125 gms butter (softened)
Ingredients for the cake:
500gms cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can blueberry pie filling
Note: Instead of getting a can of blueberry pie filling, I bought glaced berries and topping (which looked like jam) separately and mixed them myself. It was not intentionally done, I just didn't realise there were can ones available. One plus point though, I get to put as much or as little of berries as I want into the topping since I am mixing it myself.
Preheat oven to 350 deg Fahr. Mix crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and the butter; press firmly and evenly in bottom of ungreased 9-inch spring form pan (or with loose bottom). Chill for at least 30 mins.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined.
Pour onto biscuit base. Drop about 1/2 cup pie filling by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the cream cheese mixture. Cut through with a knife to swirl the pie filling. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack. (I saw another recipe book which recommended to leave the cake in the oven with door ajar for 10 mins first to prevent sudden drop in temperature). Chill for 2 hours. Top with remaining blueberry filling.
(Hubby insisted that I put his comment in, "Two thumbs up! Even better than the Oreo cupcakes!")
*Btw, Aunty Lyne is actually younger than me, the only reason why I'm calling her aunty is what I would term as an 'occupational disease' - just like the children we address each other as aunties at school :P