Saturday, March 12, 2011

HONORING THE SHAMROCK ~ IRISH COFFEE CHEESECAKE

"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
may your heart be as light as a song,
may each day bring you bright,
happy hours that stay with you all the year long."

~ Irish Blessing




Oxalis Regnelli
(Lucky Shamrock)


IRISH COFFEE CHEESECAKE
~ Irish whiskey and espresso filling encased in an oatmeal cookie crust
(Bon Appetit ~ Feb 1985)

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Oatmeal Crust

1/2 12-1/2 oz. package oatmeal cookies
1 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 1/4 Tbsp.well-chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Coffee Filling

24 oz. room temperature cream cheese
1 cup plus 2 1/2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar
4 room temperature organic eggs
2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp coffee liqueur
1/2 tsp. vanilla
5 tsp. instant espresso powder
7 Tbsp. Irish whiskey

Topping

3/4 tsp. instant espresso powder
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. whipping cream
1 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream
2 Tbsp. sugar

Chocolate coffee beans
(Trader Joe's always has them)

  • Crust: Preheat oven to 325º. Lightly butter 9-in. springform pan. Finely grind cookies, sugar and cinnamon in processor. Add butter and process until crumbs hold together. Press into prepared pan, covering bottom and extending 1/1/2 inches up sides. Bake until crust darkens slightly, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Filling: Preheat oven to 325º. Blend cream cheese and sugar in processor until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape dwon sides of bowl. Mix in 1 egg, liqueur and vanilla. Dissolve instant expresso powder in whiskey in large bowl. Stir in cheese mixture. Whisk in remaining 3 eggs, 1 at a time. Pour into cooled crust. Bake until outer 2 inches of cake are firm and slightly puffed, about 45 minutes (center will appear moist and edges may crack slightly). Cool to room temperature on rack. Refrigerate until well chilled. Cover with plastic wrap and let mellow for 1 to 2 days.
  • Topping: Dissolve instant expresso powder and 1/2 tsp sugar in 1 Tbsp. cream in small bowl. Beat 1 1/2 cups cream and 2 Tbsp. sugar in large bowl until peaks form. Fold in espresso mixture. Remove plastic wrap and pam sides from cake. Spread top with whipped cream and garnish with coffee beans. (Can be prepared 3 hours ahead and refrigerted. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving. (10 servings)




Oxalis Triangularis
(Purple Shamrock)

"For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day."

~ Irish Blessing

18 comments:

Shirley said...

Such lovely photos and mosaics! What program do you use to make your mosaics? I use Big Huge Labs but am looking for more variation, like what you have here. Here's my email to reply: riverboat38@hotmail.com.

Rose said...

This sounds like a cheesecake to die for! I am definitely going to have to try this recipe, but only when I have a big group to share it with; otherwise, I might eat the whole thing myself:)

Wishes for good health and happiness to you, too, dear Joey!

garden girl said...

Sounds delicious Joey! Love the collages.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I love Oxalis and usually buy the darker colors for my pots. The white flowers are lovely. I'm ready, bought my corned beef, ingredients for soda bread. That cheesecake would make a great dessert.

Eileen

imac said...

I reckon its worth the 4 leaf clover my friend.

Patsi said...

You"re killing me with the cheesecake...haha
Never saw a purple shamrock and flowers,I guessing they are from your garden.
Oh sooo pretty.

joey said...

Welcome, Shirley. No problem asking. Between photoshop elements and Picasca ...

I hear you, Rose, since most of the time (I say that tongue in cheek since our home seems to have a invisible 'welcome' sign posted) there are just the 2 of us. Then the grown children seem like homing pigeons and there are countless times at the lake with joyful company.

Thanks, dear Linda. It is :)

Like them both, Eileen. I have lots of my fav St. Patrick desserts posted. If this doesn't suit your fancy, I trust something else will :)

Oh happy day, dear imac :)

Please don't let me kill you before spring arrives, dear Patsi! Funny you asked ... umpteen years ago in a Garden Club swap, I got this purple oxalis from a dear Holland garden club friend. Can't believe it's still around!

perennialgardener said...

Perfect combination of bloom and recipe. :)

Lindalou said...

I have a blooming shamrock plant on my desk at work. I've had it for 4 years now, which I think is amazing. Your pictures do it proud.

Msrobin said...

Joey, I think if I lived at your house, I'd gain way too much weight!

Kala said...

Your mosaics are the BEST Joey!

joey said...

Thanks PG :)

Thank you, Lindalou. My purple one is ageless ... I have forgotten how old!

Good one, Robin :)

Thanks sweet Kala!

Marysol said...

Well, that does it.
Querida, I'm gonna have to charge you with murder! Yes, murder.

Your cheesecake is killing me!

Well, if I can't be Irish...

I suppose if you're gonna go, what better way than to keel over via Irish Coffee Cheesecake.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Joey, your 'Oxalis' post is so much more cheery than mine! ;) Maybe I should have had a slice of your Irish Coffee Cheesecake before writing my post! It sounds divine.

Gail said...

You know how to celebrate my dear~Good food, pretty flowers and friends. xxoogail

Rosey said...

That cheesecake recipe looks so decadent! I haven't ever seen a crust like that, I will have to give it a try. Thanks!

joey said...

You are too funny, dear Marysol, and just what I needed :) Since my last note, my dear sister in Florida was admitted early Sun AM to ICU on life support ... a very frightening past few days. Yesterday, she was successfully weaned off and though still high risk, we are hopeful.

Thanks, Clare. You are a 'good cooker', I think you will like it :)

Hi dear Gail. If all goes well with my sister, though a long recovery ahead, there will be much to celebrate :)

Hope you like it, Rosey :)

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

yummy recipe!