The End Of ‘The Crack’ Horrification

142I have a penchant for horror movies. Don’t look at me like that, I have had and am currently having a wonderful childhood. And it helps that while I write this post, the rain is thundering down, putting me in my mood.

I love the thrill. The anticipation of opening a door in the dead of night when there is no one with you. The strange sounds which crescendo outside your window but when you look through, there is nothing but the last few trickles of rain. That shiver which glides down the back of your neck as if someone is watching your every move…

“1, 2 Freddie’s come for you…”

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Sorry freaking you out? Don’t worry, besides the psychological horror which is my absolute favourite, I also don’t mind the serial-killer-on-the-loose style like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They really are just for some slashing and whatnot and that’s it, screaming with friends (if you’re into that kind of thing :P) – I can’t even consider it horror unless it’s based on real events

“3, 4 better lock your door…”

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Ok fine, so besides the little dolls which stare unblinkingly at you, tormenting your insides with their glassy eyes and the black figure which shadows over you before retreating back into the shadows of your room, the world does have real fears.

“5, 6 grab your crucifix”

Fears we have made ourselves and combat on a daily basis. And no, I am not talking Scooby Doo style, I am talking things from as small as arachnophobia (guilty as charged) to the more pressing such as murder and robbery. Maybe, one day we will have a Utopian society and clean our hands of this filth and forget our irrational phobias but until then, you have to combat your way around it.

“7, 8 gonna stay up late”

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So how does scaring you a little and fear itself have anything to do with what I baked today? Well, today I finally overcame and beat my fear and created what I found to be a gorgeous result.

What was my fear?

“She stepped into her kitchen, unaware the wrong recipe lay on the counter. She casually began to rifle through her spoons and laying out saucepans when suddenly, the paper wafted in the breeze towards her, sliding silently down the counter. Oblivious, she turned to look at the recipe. *Psycho music*
The pain she felt was surreal and her pools of fresh blood started to drip into the sink as she spiralled into the beckoning darkness.”

Well, no there was no blood, I am bringing drama to the moment – just a little bit of sweat. I wasn’t mentally prepared that early in the morning to make what I had to. But I had to. A cheesecake recipe, scribbled with my harsh writing stared at me in the face. And my fear of ‘the crack’ swam before my eyes.

Back when I was ignorant of the cooking realm, the cheesecake was a friend. Store bought and much loved, we enjoyed countless moments together. But then one evening, I overstepped my mark on our friendship and attempted to make one. And then I saw ‘the crack’. Crack after crack after crack. And while the cheesecake still tasted the same, the look it gave me had changed. And I thought it would haunt me forever as the cracks got worse.

Until now.

191And now its party time because we are friends again ๐Ÿ˜€

“9, 10 never sleep again”

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My cheesecake recipe was from the delectable Lindt chocolate website. Nothing to fear here, I presume unless you have a chocolate phobia which honestly is impossible!

171I had had my eye on this recipe for over a year and now finally on making, it turned out the way the professional chocolatiers made it. And that was ’cause it was the end of my ‘Crack’ issues!

Cut up…

Now without further ado, I give you my completely over the top, adapted recipe of Blueberry Two Tone Cheesecake featuring Blueberry Intense Lindt Excellence 70% Chocolate!

Blueberry Two Tone Cheesecake
Source: Lindt Recipes

Makes: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

Crust

Cheesecake

  • 600g cream cheese, softened
  • 140ml thickened cream
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 30g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbs plain flour, sifted (prevents cracks forming and air bubbles)
  • 250g Blueberry Intense Lindt Excellence 70% Chocolate
  • 250g fresh or frozen blueberries

img_2881-768x1024Method

Base

  1. Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin (if making inย  a tin, leave overlapping on sides so easy to pull chilled cake out)
  2. Place biscuits and chocolate into a food processor and grind until mixture is similar to breadcrumbs
  3. Tip into a large bowl. Add melted butter
  4. Mix until crumbs are moistened and clumping together
  5. Spoon and press evenly over base before refrigerating

Cheesecake

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C
  2. Beat the cream cheese until pale and fluffy
  3. Beat in the sugars and then the vanilla essence, rind and plain flour
  4. Beat in one egg at a time, combining well after each addition
  5. On low speed, beat in the thickened cream
  6. Divide the mixture in two
  7. Melt the Blueberry Intense Lindt Excellence 70% Chocolate (mine took 50 seconds in 20 and 10 second intervals in the microwave)
  8. Into one batter, beat in melted chocolate until just combined
  9. Wash blueberries and gently pat dry, making sure no juice is released
  10. Pour in chocolate batter over base
  11. Tap tin lightly on the counter to get rid of air bubbles and smooth batter
  12. Pour plain batter over chocolate batter – tap again
  13. 97Arrange blueberries on the top layer evenly (don’t place them too close since they release a little juice while baking)
  14. Place springform inside another tin which doesn’t have a removable base *psst – this is how I have no more fear for cracks – this was a wonderful idea from here*
  15. Place that tin inside a deep baking dish. Pour water in until reaches 3/4 of the way up to tin
  16. Bake in water bath for 50-60 minutes or until edges are set but the centre slightly wobble
  17. 151Cool in oven, door slightly ajar for 20 minutes before letting cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving. – WARNING: MOST AMAZING SMELL
  18. Slice, serve and enjoy!

img_2881-768x1024Forgotten all about how scared you were when you first started reading this post? Yeah me too ๐Ÿ™‚

If you will excuse me, I am off to enjoy The Shining now while eating my cheesecake ๐Ÿ™‚ – Demons, creepy children, Jack Nicholson – what’s not to like?

Oh and just before I go,

“Freddie’s here…”

ย ย ย ย ย  – Freddie Kruger’s Song, A Nightmare On Elm Street

P.S. Sorry all the photos are in the second half of the post – the deliciousness would ruin the scare factor!

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43 Comments

  1. haha i love this post! Sorry…. I don’t like horror movies (I can’t even do haunted houses) …but love this cheesecake recipe! I might watch a horror movie if I could eat this the whole time ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kim Bee says:

    I watch horror movies compulsively. Then sleep with light on. Never let my feet cross over the edge of the bed. I mean you just never know right. This is a wonderful treat. I am such a huge cheesecake fan. So good.

    • zomg – I am exactly the same – I always sleep with my feet under covers in case ๐Ÿ˜›
      And light is my best friend then! I am glad you liked this cake – if you are a cheesecake lover it is a must-make ๐Ÿ™‚

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  3. I can’t watch horror movie, don’t like the adrenalin rush in me when I am watching it..and than dreams comes if you know what I mean..but your cake loook mouthwatering..nothing scary about it!!!Would love one slice right this moment..can’t even kill the craving since I through everything sweet out..now that is scary lol!!!!

    • Yea I understand – those dreams can be terrifying – but I like the adrenaline ๐Ÿ˜›
      I am glad you found the cake to be perfectly fine – And I would love to send you a piece if I could (I feel deep sympathy for your sweet loss!)
      Hope you enjoy this is you need to stock up ๐Ÿ˜€

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

    • I love the black and white Dracula (ILY Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein and all! They are the roots! Thanks – I think anyone could be a fan of this cheesecake (finished it off today, feeling more craving :P)
      Enjoy!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  4. Nice post! I can totally relate to it.There was a wide grin on my face while reading it. Oh how I love horror movies! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your two tone blueberry cheesecake looks so perfect! Love the look of the oozing blueberries! YUMMY!

    • Yay good to have a fellow horror fan ๐Ÿ˜€
      And thanks – the blueberries were such juicy hits in the cheesecake and they went perfectly together binded with chocolate – enjoy with your next horror flick ๐Ÿ˜›

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  5. Emma says:

    haha I love horror movies as well, I think I’ll be watching them when I’m 90.

    Your cheesecake looks epic! So delicious looking and I love the base. I tried the blueberry Lindt chocolate over Christmas also, it was amazing.

    • I know right? How cool is this- “grandma, let’s watch some horror!”
      Thanks for the compliments on the cake – it is the most delicious recipe and I love my adapted version (want to make again soon!)
      Thanks fior visitng ๐Ÿ˜€

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  6. Paula says:

    I’m a real wuss when it comes to horror movies. Can’t watch them, even change the channel when commercials for them come on. I could however, spend a lot of time looking at your cheesecake. It is gorgeous!

    • Haha, I used to completely freak on horror – then one fine morning I watched one and from then I loved them ๐Ÿ˜€
      But I am glad nothing is scary about the cheesecake – I’m so happy you liked it!
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  7. Heather says:

    Love this post! My favorite Pinball Game was Freddy, so much fun!

    Those blueberries look huge – maybe its just the picture ๐Ÿ™‚ or you need to tell me what you guys feed your berries!

    A round of appluase for your perfect Cheesecake!!

    oh by the way LOVE the Shining- the classic one with Jack of course

    • Haha, Freddie pinball sounds ultimate!
      As for the blueberries, I would like to lie and say we Aussies grow the biggest, fattest blueberries the side of golfballs but it really is the photo ๐Ÿ˜› – they were juicy and delicious though!
      Thanks for the kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  8. Kimby says:

    Congratulations on a “crackless” cheesecake — it looks wonderful! I also enjoyed your horror story take on this post — GREAT captions, too! The first movie my hubby & I watched together was “Halloween” (I know, lame in comparison to today’s thrillers…) and since then, he’s taken great delight in waiting until the scariest, most suspenseful moment in any movie to “jump” at me (which of course, elicits screaming — mine — and palpitating hearts and a whole bunch of laughs!) This was a fun read on a rainy morning!

    • Aaah, Halloween – what a cute flick in comparison to today -I started to laugh ๐Ÿ˜›
      I love how your family get into the spirit (geddit :P) – my friends and I often scream and carry on and hold hands till they get numb ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks for stopping by with your kind words and funny story!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  9. I do enjoy a good scare every once in a while, but I do not like the monster or ghost movies-just the ones with really evil humans!
    Cream and berries is always a delight, but add some chocolate to that and it takes it to an amazing level. This dish is calling my name! Thanks for the link and your photo is fabulous!

    • Haha, nice to know you are also a horror pyshopath fan ๐Ÿ˜›
      Thanks for the kind words – I am glad you liked the recipe and I had to photograph this one extra pretty because I loved it so much ๐Ÿ™‚
      And to be honest, chocolate takes anything to the next level!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  10. I like horror movies too but only watch when my hubby is around because I can a chicken esp after watching all the doors moving and the scary aspects of these movies.

    My my!!!!! Great recipes and that berries on top are awesome.

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