It’s here….100 posts.

It’s hard for me to imagine getting to this point. I remember seeing a food blog(sadly I don’t remember who’s), I dragged my poor hubby(the computer nerd) out to my computer, pointed to the screen and said, “I want to do that.” And so it began….badly. I wrote the first couple of days and that was about it. I wasn’t inspired, I had no camera and I had no direction. I went out and got a camera, the cheapest one I could find($100) that I liked. I still lack direction but the overall them for the most part is to take food(mostly baked goods) and make it accessible to the average baker. Honestly, I could do many more complicated things, I have the schooling, and though it is beautiful(truly works of art) I know that none of my friends would ever go out and make it. What good does that do me if my food is pretty but only a few could go and replicate it. I want to inspire people to go to their kitchen and bake! I realize from time to time I do make some stuff that people are not going to go out and do but for the most part I strive to make it possible for almost anyone to make.

Deciding what to make for my 100 post was really hard. I thought of making a beautiful, complicated dessert by one of my all time favorite chefs Marcel Desaulniers…but that would have defeated my whole everyone can make it thing I was just rambling on about. I decided that I should make something that is a recipe of my own. For those who read this on a regular basis know that I love cheesecake and that I had the great idea that if I worked in a bakery and made cheesecakes that I would get sick of them. As I pointed out before all that did was just fulled my creativity to make different types of cheesecakes. This is one of those cakes from that time…. Irish Coffee Cheesecake. I’ve said before and I will say it again, I’m not the biggest fan of graham cracker crust, so I usually try to come up with something that compliments the flavor of the cheesecake…. for this one I chose a oatmeal cookie crust. These cheesecake definitely has punch and you know it is IRISH coffee.

If you can not find coffee extract, which I often can not unless I special order it; brew up some coffee or better yet espresso. Put a cup of the coffee in a saucepan and reduce by half. If you are doing that I only use a very generous TBSP of it instead of 2. Also, I often don’t have whiskey in the house, you can omit it from the recipe. If that is the case I usually throw in another TBSP or 2 of the Bailey’s Irish cream.

 

Irish Coffee Cheesecake

Irish Coffee Cheesecake

Crust:
6 oz oatmeal cookies
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 oz butter

1. Place cookies in a food processor. Grind to make crumbs. Add in remaining ingredients. Process to blend.
2. Pat crust mixture into a 10 inch spring form cake pan. Bake at 325F for 5-7 minutes.

Filling:

2lbs 6oz cream cheese
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 TBSP flour
5 eggs
2 egg yolks
5 TBSP whiskey
3 TBS Irish Cream Liquor(like Bailey’s)
2 TBSP coffee extract

1. Cream the cheese on medium speed until very soft and creamy.
2. With the mixer running, add the sugar. Beat until well combined. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.
3. On low speed add the flour. Then add the eggs one at a time, stopping the mixer before adding each egg so that shell does not get into the batter. Scrape down the bowl at least twice while adding the eggs.
4. Add the liquors and the coffee extract. Scrape down the bowl.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared crust and bake at 325F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Topping
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp coffee extract

1. Combine all the ingredients. Spread on top of the baked cheesecake after it has come out of the oven and set for 10 minutes. Bake cheesecake again for 5-7 minutes.

 So thank you all for reading my blog. I love reading all the comments and the nice words of encouragement. I would especially like to thank Ivonne(the Cream Puff), she was the first food blogger to start leaving comments. She has always been positive and patient with all of the photography questions I ask her. I look forward to another 100 posts and to see what that will bring!

 

 

Comments

  1. Peabody,

    You are such a sweetheart! Am I ever glad that you did find out about food blogs and that you decided to start one. If you hadn’t, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy this beautiful blog and all of the incredible things you create and photograph (like this cheesecake)!

    Congratulations on your 100th post and here’s to many, many more!

  2. Congrats on 100 posts! I LOVE you blog…such good pictures and recipes. Your cheesecakes are so tempting but I don’t have a springform pan, so I haven’t gotten to try any yet!

  3. What a wonderful 100 post mile marker! I love this cheesecake! Irish cream and coffee – what a wonderful combo.
    I guess it should seem obvious but thanks for the coffee extract trick, I wouldn’t have thought of that.
    So glad you’re blogging!

  4. Peabody, you’re so clever! Oatmeal cookies base is really lovely!
    Congrats on your 100th post! And many many more!

  5. Go, go, go! (PS I’m a new cook. When you say to put some coffee in a saucepan and reduce by half, is there any reason I can’t just put half in the saucepan and be done with it? Tee hee … ) Now onto 1000!

  6. Believe me, your delicious recipes are not only fawned over, but replicated over and over in my family. My adult daughters and I are still talking about your homemade Pop-Tarts. You inspire us to mix, tweak, bake. Here’s to your next 100!

  7. LOVELY.

    Happy 100!

    Your blog is awesome. (I was directed to it by someone on BakeSpace!)

  8. Congrats!
    A wonderful post for your 100th. Your blog continues to inspire!

  9. Okay, your desserts may not be the “fanciest” ones in cyberspace, but they are def. among the most delicious-looking.

    Congratulations!

  10. Congrats on your 100th post! May there be much more deliciousness to come :)

  11. Congrats on your 100th! I am so happy you decided to start and keep up with you blog as I’m a huge fan.

    As always this cheesecake looks divine. I just had a bottle of coffee extract in my hands yesterday but put it back. Doh!

    Here’s to another 100! And then another 100! Oh.. and yet another 100! :D

    xoxo

  12. Oh my G!!!!! This cheesecake is whaouuu…amazing! It looks perfect and succulent! This blog is a cooking heaven! I can’t hardly believe I haven’t seen it before. Good to know it now!

  13. I am so glad you are bloggin’. You have a wonderful site, the pictures and recipes are fabulous!
    I love cheesecake, this is a must try. Maybe a change for Thanksgiving.

  14. Here’s to another 100, and another 100 after that. This recipe looks fantabulous!

  15. Happy 100! Keep them coming, each post and picture makes my mouth water and my eyes pop out with hunger!
    Great looking cheesecake and recipe!

  16. Thanks everyone for the kind words.
    Claire…go get a springform pan…you wont be sorry!

  17. Congrats on your 100th post. I’ve only just started reading your blog and I would have never guessed that you were so fresh and green to the blogging world. Congrats again and keep up the good work! :o )

  18. Simply delicious!! What else can I say about Cheese cakes but YUM!!

  19. Oh how gorgeous those pictures… you could make a non cheesecake lover (me) want to take huge bites of that cake!

  20. Congrads on the 100th post.

    This cheesecake looks delicious. Will have to make for hubby one day.

  21. It was so nice to read your post. I do appreciate that your desserts are things that most bakers would have the time and skill level to attempt. This is a great-looking cheesecake. Thanks for being a fantastic blogger!

  22. Hurray Peabody!! You are a blogging inspiration and already have caused me to catch a mild case of baking fever. :)

    Thanks for being such a loyal reader of my blog – it really makes my day when I see your comments.

    Happy baking/cooking!

  23. Congrats on 100 posts! You truly are an inspiration to novice cooks like me.

  24. Congratulations on your 100 – and the cheesecake looks delicious!

  25. Congratulations on your 100th post! looking forward to seeing more :)

  26. Just the thing for St Patrick’s Day – it sure beats green milkshakes!

  27. Congrats dear! Your blog is my all time favorite and everyday I visit it. Even though we live in different parts of the world I feel we share the same part of our heart. I have tried many recipes from u’re blog which my kids love. Keep going and All the very best!

  28. your recipe for Irish Coffee Cheesecake looks absolutely fantastic,I love Bailey’s irish cream,this is a must make,also
    love-love-love your site,everything is so yummy looking

  29. Hi,
    This cheesecake looks absolutely scrumptious…BUT, it isn’t the recipe for the link I clicked on, which was “Coconut Pecan Cookies”! Just thought you might want to know….

  30. Not much I can do about links that I don’t do

  31. Looking forward to making this for my fam! I’m going to up the Bailey’s and omit the whiskey cause my youngin’ LOVES Bailey’s.
    Can you clarify on the cream cheese? Do you mean 2 lbs PLUS 6 oz cheese?
    Thanks!
    DanielJ

  32. @Daniel – yes 2 pounds PLUS 6 oz of cream cheese

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