Daring Bakers: Feeling uninspired


The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

I admit it, I was totally unmotivated and uninspired by this months' challenge of cheesecake. Nothing personal to either Jenny or Abbey, but I was bored. I've made many cheesecakes before and sometimes I have a problem, but usually if I do it is because I sped through it or forgot it in the oven.

I didn't do either of those things for this recipe. I simply threw it together the night before company was coming and then sliced it and served it.

Until today I hadn't even taken a picture of it. That is very unlike me.

Oh I admit, when Jenny said we could be creative, I did think of an idea or two that was creative, but required time. Something I have not had much of lately, so my ideas will have to wait.

I kept pretty close to the written recipe for this, using chocolate cookie crumbs instead of graham for my base because I had those on hand. I did not use a liquere, or the lemon, and did use a fresh vanilla bean. For my three packages of cream cheese, I used one light cream cheese and two regular (I like it better with light, not because of fat or calories, but because light has more of a tang to it, which I happen to enjoy.)

No tang, no vanilla flavor. Hoo hum, that's about it for me, though my youngest suddenly has become a fan, and my guests loved the mellow flavors and the creaminess of the cake.

Can you see the vanilla beans in this? I should have had a big hit of vanilla from each bite!

I've seen a few pictures of other people's cheesecakes and I applaud them for their creativity. I guess inspiration just didn't hit me this time.

Oh well.

On to next month's challenge, on to my Daring Cooks' challenge and on to the Daring Kitchen to see the other cheesecakes for this month!



15 comments:

Amanda @ Fake Ginger said...

Looks delish! I bet the chocolate crust was perfect.

Megan said...

It looks good to me - uninspired or not!

But I understand what you mean - it is just cheesecake. Someday I'll make a chocolate crust, just to be different.

newlyweds said...

Looks very tasty. I have challenges like that as well. For me though I was very inspired and had a great time with it. Last month, not so much, lol!

BC said...

Ok, I lamed out a bit too because my inspiration was with a gluten free crust. Not that I had any choice though.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

good on ya for playing along this month! i bet it was tasty though, and i do love a chocolate crust!

Shayne said...

at first I was a little disappointed with this months recipe. I too have made several cheesecake and I am not that much of a cheesecake fan but in the end I made it fun by posting every step on facebook the night before easter so that made it a blast with all the feed back. yeah yeah I am not that good with secrets

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

It's ok Jenny, sometimes we have to just go through the motions and move on. Every once in a while just going through the motions comes out later in a very creative way - it happens but you never know when.

pinkstripes said...

It looks delicious! The choc cookie crust must have been yummy.

Elle said...

Some challenges get our suices flowing more than others. Your guests were thrilled, so that counts! Looks YUM!

Lauren said...

Your cheesecake looks amazingly yummy!!

MeetaK said...

well done jenny - still think it turned out very nice!

breadchick said...

Jenny, I can see the vanilla bean flakes. And you know what, sometimes the most simple is the best. I'm sure yours tasted wonderful.

Pam said...

Sometimes the food challenges seem more like work then fun, don't they! But I think you cheesecake looks yummy!

Jenny said...

I knew with over 1000 bakers that not everyone would be thrilled, but I was amazed at how many of the Daring Bakers hadn't ever made cheesecake before. Others just appreciated the creative freedom we don't always have. Thanks for participating regardless!

Jenny of JennyBakes

Jenny said...

I'm late in commenting, so many blogs! Anyway, when I'm feeling uninspired I give myself to skip a challenge entirely. Kudos to you for making the recipe anyway, but I figure, life's too short. :)

Jenny of JennyBakes