December 13, 2012

Chocolate Guinness Cheesecake

Big Daddy isn’t into presents. He’s just not. It’s hard for me. My love language is gifts. Gifts are how I show love. I like them to be big, opulent and something you don’t need. I like to give impractical presents. Big Daddy? That’s not his speed. It is a part of marriage where you work on loving your partner the way he likes to be loved. In our case, in means Big Daddy buys me presents and I don’t buy him presents back.

That’s seems crazy and one sided doesn’t it?

It’s really not.

It’s simply about loving Big Daddy the way it makes sense to love him. The way he likes to be cared for. It means, instead of lavishing him with presents, I do things for him. Big Daddy’s more of acts of service guy. He loves by doing and the best way to make him feel loved is by doing.

So, on his birthday I try to refrain (I refuse to do so at Christmas. I am not explaiing to the children why Daddy didn’t get any presents and, besides he deserves pampering and it makes me happy! Dammit!) The thing that Big Daddy enjoys the most is something done lovingly. Just for him. And, since Big Daddy is, admittedly, a foodie that means I cook him something spectacular.

Big Daddy is a little bit proud of my abilities in the kitchen. He likes to show me off. He loves having a house full of people and setting them onto a meal created by me. So, of course, Big Daddy must have an excellent meal and dessert for his birthday.

This birthday’s dinner was okay.  I didn’t hit the ball out of the park.  Iit’s kind of par for the course with these particular set of recipes.  Either they’re so fabulous you want to kiss strangers and go sing in the street or they’re a lot of work for an okay outcome.  To me, that’s not okay.  If I’m slicing and dicing and letting things cook for hours they’d better be GOOD.  And, you can never tell when you get started which sort of recipe you’re going to get.  Something so good Big Daddy is doing a little happy dance in his chair or mediocre.  Big Daddy’s birthday dinner was a slow cooked beef stew served over slow cooked, creamy grits with cheese and chilis.  It was just okay.

But dessert?  That was where the magic happened this year.

This dessert recipe combines three things Big Daddy really likes; chocolate, beer and cheesecake.  I know we do a lot of cooking with beer around these parts (and I won’t even drink it!  Ever!) but the results are so good and this cheesecake was no exception.

Chocolate Guinness Cheesecake

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  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 12 oz cream cheese (1.5 bricks)
  • .5c sugar
  • .25 c greek yogurt
  • 1.5 eggs (yes, I know.)
  • 3/8c guinness
  1. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cocoa and butter.  Grease well a 9 inch cake pan and press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
  2. Heat a double boiler.  Chop the chocolate (coarse chop is fine) and melt in the pan with the cream
  3. While the chocolate melts,  cream the cream cheese and sugar.  Once fluffy, mix in the yogurt and eggs and chocolate.  ONce mixture is smooth, mix in the beer.
  4. Poor cheesecake mixture into your prepared pan
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.  Begin checking your cake at about 45 minutes.  Turn off the heat once a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out mostly clean and the cake is set and solid.  Crack your oven door and let the cake rest in the warm oven for an hour
  6. Enjoy

With the holiday season at hand and so many gatherings, this cheesecake isn’t hard to make and is something just a little more special than the usual offering.  The taste of the Guinness isn’t overpowering, but it is present.  It was delicious and moist and a keeper.

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