Monday, October 19, 2009

Matt's Recipe

Thursday afternoon while picking up Joe from football practice, my cell phone rang. It was 7 year old Matt, wanting me to buy 8 packages of cream cheese from the store so he could make a cake that he saw on The Food Network!! Apparently, he and Mum Mum had been watching "their favorite cooking show" when the featured cake caught his eye. I did what any normal mother would do, I told him that was a LOT of cream cheese, and we'd have to see . . . :)

Now, you must understand that Matt is not one to be put off! He is Very Persistent! And persuasive! When he gets something in his mind, you never hear the end of it!

So, as soon as I got home, he began telling me about this recipe and begging me to let him make it, assuring me it was Easy and he just knew it would be "Licious!"

I wasn't totally opposed to the idea of helping him make this cake, so I began to try to get an ingredient list from him. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: "So, what do you need to make this cake?"

Matt: "First you need bread crumbs. You put crackers in that thing that goes Bdlr . .bdlr . . bdlr." (Here he began to act out with not just his hands but his entire body the motion of the blender along with appropriate sound effects!)

Me: (holding my sides in laughter) "Oh, OK, I think you mean graham cracker crumbs! What else?"

Matt: "8 packages of cream cheese."

Me: "That's a LOT of cream cheese, Matt! This is going to be fattening . . . and expensive!!"

Matt: "You can just use 3 then, or 1! It doesn't matter!"

Me: "It will matter. We have to use what the recipe calls for. OK, we'll come back to this. What else?"

Matt: "That soft white stuff."

Me: "Flour?"

Matt: "Yes, flour. No, not flour."

Me: "Sugar?"

Matt: "Yes, sugar!"

Me: "Confectioner's sugar or sugar like we use when we make cookies?"

Matt: (perturbed with me for my lack of understanding) "Just plain sugar!"

Me: "OK, What else?"

Matt: "That stuff in ice cream."

Me: (after numerous guesses) "Vanilla ice cream?"

Matt: "Yes! Nilla! but you know, not the ice cream, just the nilla. You know, nilla water."

Me: (very amused) "Oh!! You mean vanillla extract?!?"

Matt: "Yes, like you put in Haystacks! And you need chocolate too."

Me: "What kind of chocolate? cocoa? chocolate chips? baking chocolate?"

Matt: (sighing in frustration!) "You know, just normal chocolate, Mom!!"

At this point, I think you probably get the picture! Tiffany and I have never laughed so hard as we did trying to get that ingredient list down!! But, try as we might, we still didn't know what all the ingredients were, or how to put them together or anything really concrete about this recipe, which was causing much frustration on both sides!! Matt kept insisting that he knew how to make it and that it was easy and so licious! :)

I decided to try a different approach. I sent him to ask Mum Mum if she knew how to make the recipe that was featured. No luck there. So, I sent him back to ask her the name of the cooking show they were watching, thinking I could look it up online. He came back with the channel they were watching!!!

Finally, I talked to Mum Mum myself and learned they were watching Barefoot Contessa. Thinking that I was finally getting somewhere, I went to her website, but could not find any cheesecake recipes.

Then, suddenly, I remembered this recipe for a chocolate cheesecake that my Mom had given me the last time I was there. I decided it was time to try to make a substitution! I read the recipe to Matt, emphasizing how similar it was to the recipe he had seen on the cooking show. However, Matt knew his ingredient list far too well to fall for my scheme! He knew right off it wasn't the right recipe when he heard it used oreos instead of bread crumbs . . .

Another dead end.

Eventually, by some miracle, he quit pushing his recipe and decided to "own" mine! That was on Friday evening. So, on Saturday morning, we spent some fun time in the kitchen creating our delicious dessert together. We served the cheesecake Saturday night, and it was a huge hit with the family! Everybody loved Matthew's Cheesecake! Momentarily forgetting that I was on a diet, I was hoping to have a second piece on Sunday afternoon, but when I looked in the fridge, it was all gone!!! :(

If you would like to make "Matthew's Cheesecake" (aka Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake), I won't make you guess how to make it! I will post the recipe right here on my blog for everyone to enjoy!

Matthew's Cheesecake


20 Oreo cookies, crushed (about 2 cups)
3 TBSP butter, melted
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese (I used 1/2 regular and 1/2 low fat)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
6 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted and cooled a bit


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Line 13x9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. (Not convinced this is necessary.)
3. Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press firmly onlto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes.
4. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
5. Add sour cream. Mix well.
6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after the addition of each egg.
7. Remove one cup of batter and set aside.
8. Stir melted chocolate into remaining batter. Pour over crust.
9. Spoon the reserved batter over top and swirl with a knife.
10. Bake 40 minutes or until center is almost set. ( I baked considerably longer than this.) Cool.
11. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve. Store any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator, carefully hiding it from the family! ;)

Makes 16 servings.

Interestingly, after we had already made the recipe above, I told my sister this story, and by going to the Food Network website and looking on the day Matthew was watching his cooking show, she immediately found the recipe in question! (So much for my computer skills!) However, I'm thinking it all turned out for the best. The original recipe looks rather involved, and I doubt it's any better than the incredible and simple recipe we just made.


Rebecca's Refining said...

Matt's story is so cute....even the second time! I am disappointed you wouldn't try his "original" recipe, but I am sure the other one was easier. Next time Matt wants to make a cheesecake, he will have to try the one from food network! I am not a fan of cheesecake unless it is the more "gourmet" type! :)
Great job Matt!! Who knows he may host his own cooking show one day!

Martha said...

I finally reset my password..
wa lah I am commenting on your blog.
Cheesecake sure sounds good

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