Boston Cream Cheesecake
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I am blessed to live very close to a special river. If you know where I live you probably know which one I am talking about, but in order to keep my sanctuary quiet, I’m not going to say which one (please don’t be mad, I was the ONLY kayak on the river the day I took these photos!) A few years back on July 19th, it was Micah’s 2nd birthday. I had the opportunity to meet him in Ethiopia that May but the US Embassy wouldn’t let us bring him home. They told us it would only be 4 weeks until we could go back to Ethiopia to bring him and Kai back to the US, but it ended up being 6 months. During this waiting period, I grieved and worried about them daily. Missing Micah’s birthday was extremely hard to I decided to kayak the quiet river by myself and take a “personal day.”
Well, Mother Nature was not my friend that day and I should have listened to her when she spoke to me as I started my trek. As I put my boat in the water, her clouds “thundered” at me, but I’m German… yep, stubborn. I had a plan and I was sticking to it! Besides, I already had my bike at the end of the river so I could paddle to the end, leave my boat at the end of my trip, bike back to my car, put my bike on my car, drive to get the boat, then drive home… yes, it is a hard process to paddle by yourself! But I LOVE IT!
About 2 miles down the river I had some massive lightning strike and a downpour came. I tipped my kayak over which I have never done and lost my paddle down stream. What really was a hardship is my phone was soaked and no longer worked. So I decided to do what I had to do. I got on shore with my boat and walked through the woods in my bathing suit (I lost my cooler with my food and clothes). I didn’t really know anyone in the town I was close to except Lori, who owns a beautiful day spa. That meant a long trek through town in my bathing suit and a heavy kayak in the pouring rain!
I finally made it to Lori’s Spa… where everyone looked beautiful with their hair and makeup done while I walked in soaking wet covered in mosquito bites and cut up by buck-thorn. I didn’t really care at that point, I just wanted to get home:) Lori helped me out by getting her husband’s truck so she could help me get my kayak home too. But the fiasco didn’t stop there. The rain was fiercely coming down and as Lori turned on the windshield wipers, they DIDN’T WORK! Oh boy! I live way out in the country so we drove slow and used our hands to help her see. When we pulled into the driveway I was filled with relief! I will never forget Micah’s 2nd birthday adventure. The craziness sure helped me keep my mind off of my sadness! What a “personal day!”
I decided to go home and celebrate Micah’s birthday with a big slice of Boston Cream Cheesecake!
3/4 stick butter, cut into 1-inch pieces and softened
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
3 large eggs at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cups sour cream
3 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup, plus 2 TBS Swerve (or erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
3 TBS unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 TBS unsalted butter or coconut oil
1 tsp stevia glycerite (or sweetener to taste) OR EASY ICING:
4 TBS unsweetened almond milk
Make cake: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a cake pan. Sift together almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.In another bowl, beat together butter and sweetener with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and sour cream alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until batter is just smooth. Spoon batter into 9 inch pan, smoothing top. Bake until pale golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan on racks. Run a thin knife around edge of pan, then invert rack over pan and reinvert cake onto rack to cool completely.
Cheesecake Layer: Beat cream cheese, sweetener and 1 tsp of the vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Blend in sour cream; pour over cake layer. Bake at 325°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set if using a silver springform pan. (Bake at 300°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set if using a dark nonstick springform pan.) Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan.
Topping: Place chocolate and milk in medium bowl. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is completely melted (don’t burn the chocolate!). Add sweetener and remaining 1 tsp vanilla; mix well. Spread over cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Makes 12 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Boston Cheesecake = 563 calories, 59 carbs, 1.1 fiber
“Healthified” Boston Cheesecake = 461 calories, 8 carbs, 2.2 fiber