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Brooklyn Blackout Cheesecake Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Chocolate lovers, rejoice!  Moist chocolate cake surrounds a layer of the darkest chocolate cheesecake, all wrapped in a rich and fudge-y buttercream that will satisfy the deepest craving.  If you have a chocoholic in your life, you’ve gotta make them this Brooklyn Blackout Cheesecake Cake!  

INGREDIENTS

For the cake layers

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (30 grams) cake flour
1/2 cup (55 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs (100 grams)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cheesecake layer

16 ounces (450 grams) cream cheese (brick)
2/3 cup (133 grams) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (37 grams) dark cocoa powder
Pinch of kosher salt
3 large eggs (150 grams)
1 egg yolk (19 grams)
1/3 cup (84 milliliters) heavy cream
3 ounces (84 grams) bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting

3 ounces (80 grams) cream cheese (brick)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (55 grams) dark cocoa powder
2 tablespoons corn syrup
3 1/2 cups (385 grams) powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

For the Raspberry Sauce

2 cups frozen raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS

To make the cake layers

Preheat your KitchenAid® Gas Convection Slide-In Range with Baking Drawer to 325 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch diameter by 3-inch deep cake pan with non-stick spray, and line the bottom with a circle cut from parchment paper.

Place the sugar, flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, and use the whisk attachment to combine. Add in the butter, mixing on medium-low speed with the flat beater attachment, until the mixture resembles damp sand. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition. Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla, and mix on medium speed for about a minute and a half, to aerate the batter and build the cake’s structure.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 40 minutes, or until the cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the cheesecake Layer

Set the oven to Steam Bake – Desserts, at 350 degrees F, and fill the built-in Steam Rack tray with water. Mist an 8-inch diameter by 3-inch deep cake pan with non-stick spray, and line the bottom with a circle cut from parchment paper.

Place the sugar, cocoa, and salt in the bowl of a Stand Mixer, and use the whisk attachment to combine. Add the cream cheese, mixing on medium-low speed with the flat beater attachment until combined. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition. Stir in the cream, melted chocolate, and vanilla, and transfer the cheesecake batter to the prepared pan. Rap the unbaked cheesecake sharply on the counter a few times, to eliminate any large air bubbles.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, then lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees F, and bake for another 60 minutes, or until set around the edges but still slightly jiggly towards the center. Turn off the oven, and prop the door open with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to cool slowly in the oven for at least an hour. Refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight before unmolding. (Wrap in a hot towel, if needed, to help release the cheesecake from the pan.)

To make the frosting

Place the cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of a Stand Mixer, and beat with the flat beater attachment until smooth. Add the butter and mix until combined. Stir in the cocoa and corn syrup on low speed. Add the powdered sugar, and beat until smooth. Add the milk, a little at a time, while whipping, until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.

To assemble the brooklyn blackout cheesecake

Slice the cake layer horizontally in half, creating two thin layers. Place one on a serving platter. Top with the cheesecake. Add the other cake layer on top, and frost.

To make the raspberry sauce

Place the berries and sugar in a small pot over medium-low heat, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until syrupy. Puree the berries in a mini chopper, and pass through a fine mesh sieve to strain out the seeds.

Courtesy of http://bakingamoment.com/brooklyn-blackout-cheesecake-cake/print/

Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

Cream Cheese Filling
1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cake
1 cup finely chopped pecans (plus extra for garnish, optional)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups peeled and finely chopped Gala apples (about 2-3 medium apples)

Praline Frosting
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 12 or 14 cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray with
flour (the cake will fit in a 12-cup bundt, but just barely).

To make the filling: Add the cream cheese, butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer
fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until well combined and
smooth. Add the egg, flour and vanilla and continue beating just until incorporated. Set
aside.

Place the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toaste in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or
just until fragrant. Remove the pan to a wire rack.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, both sugars, the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and
allspice together. Add the eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix just until combined
(I started with a whisk and switched to a rubber spatula). Fold in the toasted pecans and
chopped apples until distributed throughout the batter.

Spoon about 1/2 to 2/3 of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Top evenly with the
cream cheese filling, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the pan (I found this
tricky, just do the best you can). Use a thin paring knife to swirl the cream cheese filling
with the cake batter just a few times – less is more. Top the filling with the remaining
cake batter.

Bake for 60-75 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out
clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto
the rack and allow to cool completely (at least 2 hours).

To make the frosting: Combine the brown sugar, butter and milk in a 2-qt saucepan. Set
over medium heat, and bring to a boil, whisking almost constantly. Boil for 1 minute,
whisking constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Whisk in the
confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, until it is completely incorporated and the frosting
is smooth. Gently stir the frosting until it starts to thicken, then pour it over the cooled
cake. (The frosting will set up quickly, so don’t make it in advance – wait until the cake
has cooled completely.) Garnish with extra pecans, if desired.

FROM SOUTHERN LIVING, SEPTEMBER 2011

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Croque Monsieurs

  Home cookin

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 8 croissants
  • Dijon
  • 8 ounces honey ham, sliced but not paper thin

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.

Halve and toast the croissants, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 4 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.

Lightly brush half the croissant with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.