Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Match Made in Texas - Book Review

I just finished reading "A Match Made in Texas".   This book is a Novella Collection containing four stories written by four different authors.  In each of the stories a secret matchmaker is at work trying to help an unsuspecting female find her match.
     What a pleasure it was to read this book!  I really enjoyed every one of the stories.  The stories flowed so well into the next one it seemed like they were all written by the same author. 
   I did not want to put this book down.  The stories were funny, they had adventure, love and a setting that helped you escape.
  I want to say thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Solari's Cheesecake

I had the pleasure of making this very tasty cheesecake for a ladies luncheon.  It was my first attempt at using my new springform pan.  A message from the unwise, be VERY careful carrying your cheesecake if it still  has the bottom of the springform pan still under it. 

This recipe comes from razzledazzlerecipes-
Solari's Cheesecake

3 tablespoons soft butter, divided 
1 package (about 12) very dry ladyfinger cookies 
1 pound ricotta cheese 
1/2 cup milk 
2 eggs 
2 tablespoons cornstarch 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or a few drops of lemon extract) 
Pinch salt 
Pinch cream of tartar 
3 egg whites, at room temperature 
3/4 to 1 cup granulated sugar (depending on how sweet
your sweet tooth is)

Generously grease a 9-inch springform pan, using one tablespoon of the butter. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crumble the cookies into rather small pieces with your fingers. Use half to line the bottom of the springform; reserve the rest.

Place ricotta, milk, whole eggs, cornstarch, vanilla or lemon extract and the rest of the butter into the container of a food processor. Process until well-mixed and smooth. (If you don't have a food processor, mix the cornstarch into a smooth paste with a little of the cold milk before adding it to the rest of the above ingredients; then beat until smooth.)

Add a pinch of salt and cream of tartar to the egg whites; then beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar, about two tablespoons at a time, until all is incorporated. Continue beating until you cannot taste or feel a single grain of sugar.

Mix together gently but thoroughly the ricotta and egg white mixtures and pour into the prepared springform pan. Sprinkle the top of the cheesecake with the rest of the cookie crumbs. Place the pan into a larger baking dish containing about one inch of water. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until cake is set. (If the cookie crumbs brown too quickly, cover loosely with a piece of foil.)

Cool cake in pan until lukewarm before turning out onto a serving dish. Chill thoroughly. Garnish the top with fruit, if desired.
Makes 16 servings