Christmas Treat

Even though we weren’t celebrating this year because of my grandmother’s death, this shouldn’t be a reason to stop the family gathering at Christmas eve. We sat together, had dinner and we went to Christmas mass on Christmas day. the memories of our death family members are always there in our heart and mind.

So, instead of having this Christmas celebration, I had a small thing to share with you.

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On this Christmas day, I am giving you a special treat for all of you.
After I say Merry Christmas to you, I’m going to give you my own recipe (with real photos) of my own OREO cheesecake. I made this recipe a week ago, and my family loved it, well maybe not all of them, but what is important that I LOVED it. So here it goes:

Ingredients:
the crust:
2 packs of Oreo cookies (the 18 cookies pack) separated and emptied from the cream*.
1/3 cup melted butter
the cream:
1 pack of Philadelphia or cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of whipping cream
2 sheets of gelatin (optional)

*save the cream from the cookies for using them in the cake cream.

First of all, you have to twist open the 16 cookies and scrape the cream from their inside.
It is easier to do when the cookies are in room temperature.
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Save the cream aside for later use.
Later, crush the cookies into fine small pieces. You can use a grinder or the food processor or whatever gives you the same or a close result.

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Now get the pan you intend to put the crust in. It is supposed to be a pan that you can pull the sides away (so that it would be easier to pull the cake away from the pan). But in my case, I didn’t have such a pan, so I had to use a regular one. The trick is, I used a cling film, placed on the bottom of the pan, all the way to cover it and kept a bit of the film outside the pan. In this cheesecake, I used a plate at the bottom to keep the film in its place at the bottom. I tried it in another version of the cheesecake, and it worked with just filling the bottom with cling film so that you would be able to pull the cake up when it is chilled.

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Back to the crust, after mixing the cookies crumbs and the melted butter, place them in the bottom of the pan with cling film. Press them with a plate or spatula or the back of a spoon to make them catch each other and form the crust. You can use my method; place a plate on top of the crust, place it in the freezer and use a heavy bag of frozen things from the freezer. This way, you press the cookies together, and you chill the crust to make it firm.

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Put your crust in the freezer for around 10-15 minutes.

At this time, empty the cream cheese pack in the pan or food processer.
Add the sugar to the cheese and mix them until they’re a fine mixture.
Melt the gelatin sheets in water, and then use a double boiler to melt them well. then add them to the cheese mixture. I repeat, this step is optional, but it makes the cream get thicker and hold well.
Put this mixture in the refrigerator and let it chill.

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Meanwhile, whip the whipping cream until real thick, then put it in the refrigerator too.

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15 minutes later, get the creams out, put them in one bowl and mix them with a spatula and add to them most of the Oreo cream that we took out from the cookies.
Then pour them over the crust and let them cool in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

When cool, pull out the cling film carefully. This will make the cheesecake be pushed upwards. place it in a presentable plate and trey either to remove the film from under it, or to cut it from around the cake.

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Now, break the remaining cookies and Oreo cream and sprinkle them over the cake.
Cut the cake into 8 pieces.

ENJOY
you can add chocolate syrup if you like

 

 

Merry Christmas

المسيح ولد فمجدوه

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