Everyone has a “happy” trigger, that “something” that causes your heart skip a beat, evokes a quick gasp, and is to blame for any procrastination you may experience. My “happy trigger”? Well, I have many. But, at the top of that list is reading Naomi’s blog, as it brings a smile to my face each and every visit. And, can I say that the number of bookmarked posts is immeasurable? As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, I need to stop flicking the little “favorite” star and simply make a folder “refer to blog.”
When I wanted to bake a couple of weekends ago, I was in a bit of a tizzy. A little irritated because the heat index is 1020 million degrees (like everywhere else), the soup’wich day interrupted my need for a “kitchen and me” moment.
What is a soup’wich day? A hot (toasty) and humid (soupy) southern day. Sandwich…bread…toast…soup’wich. Yeah, you’ve now experienced the effects of sleepy brain.
Refusing to be defeated and determined to feed my baking fix, I decided to go the “no bake” route. In doing so, I reached back into my archives and pulled out Naomi’s Oreo Cookie and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake.
I will let you visit Naomi’s blog for the recipe, but I have to “typical me” moments to my dessert. First, I walked away from the cream while whipping. The directions, “Beat heavy cream until medium peaks form”, turned into “Beat heavy cream until really-stiff-and can-mold-into-a-snow-ball-then-ready-aim-fire” peaks form”. Not exactly the ideal texture for a velvety, pourable batter. As if my instincts did not want to disappoint, the batter plopped into the mini cheesecake pan like the mystery meat casserole the lunch lady ladled onto your green tray in elementary school. Follow up attempts to smooth out the creamy top didn’t happen. What to do….what to do? Thank goodness for my seemingly endless supply of Scharffen Berger. A ganache (that thankfully didn’t bloom) saved my cheesecake.
I won’t detail how bummed I was for not placing the Oreo right side up on any of the cheesecakes…ahh!
Operator error or not, these were light, cream and delicious. Not wanting to be disrespectful to co-workers who are fasting for Ramadan, my neighbor took the mini cheesecakes off my hands for her colleagues. I will, though, make them again, once the observance concludes and Eid ul Fitr is celebrated.