It was one day after we lost Inong. I was so sad, brokendown. I’d been quiet all day and silently crying my eyes out.
Looking at my graveyard face, hubby came up with a devastating idea of the year,”Bake some cake. It will make you feel better,” a desperate attempt to cheer me up. A desperate attempt, indeed.
Not only it sounded silly as hell, it was ridiculous to the extreme. I mean, what was he thinking? Baking would only make me cry even louder because it would just remind me of Inong and all of the encounters I had with her. Baking! Is he insane? Oops, I forgot, he is insane. That’s why we hooked up in the first place, didn’t we, honey?
Ow, alright. I had Philadelphia cream cheese in my fridge, screaming to be used. I was gonna bake a freestyle cheesecake. As free as can be. I was kind of hoping it will fail. Look at me, I was so down I was turning into a bitter hag.
So I preheated my oven at 175 Celcius degree, boil some water for au bain marie. I grabbed a 14 cm round springform pan, wrapped the outside base with aluminum foil. Threw rolled oats, soy oil, milk, salt and honey into the pan, mixed them well and press the crumbs into the base. I didn’t even bother to bake the crust first.
Then I threw 400 gr Philly cream cheese into the blender. Added 3 eggs, 100 gr dark brown sugar, 100 gr skim milk thickened with a little bit of lime juice (fresh squeezed). Processed them until smooth, and poured the batter into the pan. I baked it au bain marie for about 75 minutes, let it cool in the oven, then refrigerated it overnight.
I almost forgot I had this cheesecake until the afternoon on the the next day, when I was trying to find comfort from food. The sweet one, to be precise. And,… surprisingly… it turned out good. It was butterscotchy good! Ow, how I love the taste of butterscotch!
The crust, on the other hand, was not good 🙂 So if you want to make this, I suggest you use your own favorite crust recipe, or simply bake it without the crust. But you have to use Philly, though. I think it was Philly which made it wonderful. I don’t think it would be this good if I used another brand. So, Philly is a must. No compromise.