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Help! What to do with ruined cheesecake?

I just did something really stupid. I needed to use up a batch of lemon curd and happened to have some cream cheese in the fridge, so I threw together a crustless cheesecake, planning to freeze it. I didn't use a springform pan, just a regular cake pan.

Here's the stupid part: While the cheesecake was still warm, I decided to unmold it on to a plate to help it cool down. Then I changed my mind and tried to PUT IT BACK in the pan. As you can imagine, I didn't line it up exactly right and the whole thing fell apart. So now I have a whole bunch of cheesecake mush.

What can I do with this? It's too solid to do something like a trifle, and it's already cooked so I can't use it as cheese filling. Any ideas? Maybe I can mix it into ice cream?

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  1. Ah fooey. Sorry to hear of the accident.

    What if you made something truffle-like out of them? Maybe roll into balls (or if too firm, cut into chunks), and dip into chocolate? Or, you could take some chocolate wafer crumbs, blend in the cheesecake mixture, and then coat in chocolate. Sort of like the famed Oreo truffles......

    Mixing into ice cream could work too.....I bet it would be really good combined with a berry ice cream!

    Good luck! When it comes down to it, though, you might just choose to salvage a few slices if possible, then enjoy trimmings that you keep stashed in the freezer.

    1. I'd just serve it as is, unless it's for nonfamily guests. If you feel compelled to prettify it, how about layering it with crumbled cookies and fresh blueberries, in clear glasses, as parfait?

      1. Why can't you use it as part of a trifle? You can cut it up and layer it between fruit and maybe some custard or pudding. I made parfaits with some leftover cheesecake at a place I worked at before (pastry chef job). I layered it in glasses with lime curd, toasted macadamia nuts & toasted coconut; it sold out.

        1. Personally? I'd hand out spoons and have at it.

            1. re: runwestierun

              That was the *VERY* first thing I thought of. I wish I could remember the name of that bakery in NJ that makes them stick-free -they can cure a broken heart...
              Wait- it could be PA... It's been a few years!

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  No, but I love that name so much I almost hyperventilated!

                  I have 2 bricks of cream cheese in the fridge.... hmmmmmmmmm.... but it's 90* today, not really enticed to put the oven on.

            2. place in a small bowl make a pinnapple glaze with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side . call it a good and messy cheese cake and then pig out.

              1. could you freeze morsels of that delicous sounding lemon cheesecake? rolling them in crumbs and putting a firm chocolate coating would be good - like M&Ms or Smarties.

                1. Yeah, FROZEN cheesecake pops!!

                  1. as others suggested, pops or truffle-like balls would be a great fix. you could also form it into mini-cheesecakes using ring molds. just press a cookie crumb mixture into the bottom, spread the filling on top, and remove the ring.

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                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Sounds good enough to eat! :)

                      I wonder what would happen if you whipped it, maybe folded in some whipped cream, too, and used it like lemon-cheese mousse? Hmm... I'm hungry.

                    2. Bake up some phyllo cup shells and spoon some of your cheese cake in. You can top with some whipped cream, coulis or fresh berries if you want to.

                      1. Thanks for all the great ideas! I've already dug in to part of it with a spoon, but I think I'll try the truffle idea -- that way I can make them tonight and bring them somewhere tomorrow, instead of having an entire cheesecake tempting me.

                        1. I thought you said you ruined it?

                          There's nothing finer than cheesecake mush with a scoop of gelato.

                          1. I think we learned a valuable lesson from this, don't paly with your food. LOL

                            It will still taste food in a bowl and eat it with a spoon, consider it, cheesecake cobbler.

                            1. A New York deli I frequent sometimes makes a cheesecake milkshake. In this milkshake he puts an entire slice of Carnegie cheesecake in it. You could do that.

                              You could make a trifle....a very rich trifle.

                              You could spoon the whole thing into little cups and serve it like you did it on purpose. Pour some raspberry sauce over them. I think it would be great.

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                              1. re: tonka11_99

                                did you hear the angels singing?....cheesecake milkshake??? sounds de-lish!