Chef Time!

Chef Time!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Halloween Fun!

Even tho Halloween isn’t here yet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t plan ahead. I for one enjoy taking plain everyday food and desserts and turning them into a ghoulish and creepy fun filled delights. Over the next few upcoming postings, I will attempt to help you all prepare for the most creepiest and delicious Halloween ever.
Webtacular Cheesecake

Spiderweb cheesecake

Halloween Cheesecake Decorating! No one said cakes were the only ones who could have fun! Why not dress up your cheesecake too There are several things you can do to decorate your cheesecake. Halloween Cheesecakes are fun to decorate there are so many possibilities! These Halloween Cheesecakes can be the talk of the party! Do something unusual this year and make your cheesecake famous! Halloween Cheesecake Decorating can be a new tradition you start with your children. Let them help you from start to finish they will be proud of their work of art!
Halloween Cheesecake Decorating:
Here are a few things to remember when decorating your Halloween cheesecake.
Always freeze your cheesecake first this will make it easier to decorate. Especially if you are using chocolate sauce to decorate with.
Decorate with butter cream or whipped icing on your cheesecake.
Sprinkle crumb topping over your cheesecake.
Use fruit to create images on your cheesecake, such as, oranges to make a pumpkin.
Give your Halloween cheesecake a creepy crawly type name that describes the theme of your Halloween cheesecake!
Here is a list of common Halloween items that can give you some ideas for dressing up your creepy Halloween Cheesecake!
Spider Webs
Cheesecake Crust:
1 ¾ c. chocolate wafer crumbs
¼ c. butter or margarine, melted
Filling Ingredients:
24 oz. cream cheese, softened
¾ c. sugar
½ c. packed brown sugar
3 eggs
15 oz. solid pack pumpkin (one can should do)
2 tbsp. cornstarch
3 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Topping Ingredients:
2 c. sour cream
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Melted chocolate, piping icing in various colors, spider candies
Combine smashed up wafer crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of and sides of your greased spring form pan to create your cheesecake crust. In the big mixing bowl beat cream cheese and sugars until nice and smooth. Add in the eggs and beat on low speed. Whisk in the pumpkin, cornstarch, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice (aka your secret ingredient!) Pour mixture into crust and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool for at least 10 minutes before doing anything else to the cheesecake, but don't turn off the oven just yet. Mix up the topping ingredients’ and spread this over top of the filling. Place back in the oven for 6 minutes to melt. Run a butter knife around the edge of the pan first to loosen everything to make release easier later on. Allow to cool to room temp and refrigerate over night.
Morning remove the spring form sides and pipe on spider web decorations and place a candy spider in each little web (try to space them so that each slice has a spider.) You can even slice before decorating if you want to make them all even.

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