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Think I've made a decision...re.TG dessert!

4chowpups Nov 20, 2006 11:44 AM

Thanks hounds for all of the wonderful ideas for desserts and I plan to try many during the winter months to follow. I also noted OakJoan's recent post on the mascarpone, prune tartlets as well!! I have decided to make a cheesecake and I found one from Martha Stewart with a chocolate ganache top and one from epicurious with mascarpone. Do you suppose I could substitute the mascarpone one (with a few changes as this one called for lemon zest) and add the chocolate topping to it a la Martha?

  1. chowser Nov 20, 2006 12:08 PM

    I think it would taste good but might be a waste of marcapone cheese. My husband has made that recipe and it's light--the marscapone has a very subtle taste in it. For how much more the marscapone would be over the cream cheese, I don't think it's worth spending the extra if you're going to cover it with chocolate ganache.

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    1. re: chowser
      Chocolatechipkt Nov 20, 2006 12:53 PM

      I agree. I think if you were going to make a more simple cheesecake, you'd highlight the mascarpone flavor more. I'm making a cheesecake too btw ... :)

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      4chowpups Nov 20, 2006 02:53 PM

      Thank you, I think I'll stick to Martha's recipe then and next time I'll make the mascarpone one! BTW, what are you making?

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      1. re: 4chowpups
        Chocolatechipkt Nov 20, 2006 04:58 PM

        I'm making a cranberry-orange cheesecake, like this one but with a gingerbread cookie crust: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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          cristina Nov 21, 2006 01:53 PM

          This really sounds marvelous! I have a question: for the gingerbread cookie crust, are you using gingersnaps and butter, or ??? I'm thinking of tweaks, of course--are you adding any crystalized ginger to the crust? Thanks, and a very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

          1. re: cristina
            Chocolatechipkt Nov 21, 2006 02:18 PM

            I haven't ironed out all the details yet, but the plan is to use gingerbread men, melted butter, a little cinnamon, and yes, some crystalized ginger--not a lot, but enough to add a little spice.

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        4chowpups Nov 20, 2006 07:37 PM

        Wow, that sounds delicious!!!

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        1. re: 4chowpups
          Chocolatechipkt Nov 21, 2006 01:03 PM

          It is good! I haven't made this with the gingerbread crust, but I love the sweet-tart flavors with the creamy cheesecake. Plus, it's pretty. Cheesecake is great for a holiday, I think, because it's rich but light (at least it can be), can be sliced big or small depending on the size of the group and the appetite, and it doesn't require frosting. :)

          Have a great holiday!

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