Friday, September 10, 2010

Oreo Cheesecake ♥ ♥ ♥

I have a confession. I am a sucker for promos.
“Buy one, take one!”
“Buy two and get the 3rd item free!!!”
“Buy one pack, get 50% off on the 2nd pack” (thus, my sprawling and still-growing collection of Marks & Spencer panties)

Today at the grocery, I see this:
Before: HK$19.90
NOW: $13.90

Oh, help me, sweet Jesus!

I. Just. Could. Not. Resist.

So I buy 2 trays, one original and the other with chocolate creme filling. After all, twelve dollars saved IS twelve dollars earned.

I decide to reward my smartness with an Oreo Cheesecake. (Light bulb!)

So I use my HK$12 earnings to buy three blocks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese at HK$29.90 each.

Go figure.

IMG_7046I break the Oreo cookies into small pieces and try not to “accidentally” drop too many of them into my mouth

IMG_7056I then gather enough broken Oreo pieces to make a crust. I think of all the skinny people who do not gain a pound even though they eat twice as much as I do. Of how painful it is to always be on some diet, how much time I spend working out and getting no results. I think of how unfair life is, then I start pounding. Pounding until I get fine powdery Oreos, then I add just enough melted butter to moisten the crumbs and I press this mixture into a loose-bottom pan and bake it for 600 seconds.

IMG_7061 When cream cheese is soft, I add a few drops of vanilla, 3 eggs, some flour, and a fair amount of condensed milk, then I whip and scrape, whip and scrape. Then I throw in all the remaining Oreo pieces still not in my tummy, and then almost as immediately, I retrieve about 5 pieces of it. Oreo pieces covered in cream cheese batter, they're the bomb!

IMG_7070 I pour the batter into the baking pan and into a few cupcake liners, bake them for 15 minutes at 425°F, turn the heat down to 325°F and bake for another 40 or so. I watch some TV, kill some zombies, stalk people on facebook, throw angry birds at green pigs…

IMG_7089The cupcakes take less time to cook so I take them out of the oven midway through and immediately bite into one. Ouch!!! I think it burned my tongue. But mmm… this is good stuff!

IMG_7098Yikes! I overbaked the cake! Blame it on Jamie Oliver and his very cute lisp.

IMG_7105 Thankfully, the inside is soft, moist and creamy

IMG_7115 I cut the cake into bite-size cubes to bring to the office next day, believing that smaller pieces mean lesser chance my boss will catch me stuffing my face at work again.

IMG_9449 My Oreo sheets. Hehe... just sharing…  :)

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