When the Hill Team was in Ashland, Oregon for the Chocolate Festival, we had the opportunity to meet Judith Galindo, owner of Homemade Confections. Plus, we tasted and enjoyed her Gourmet Topping. So, you can get to know Judith, I’m including her video. I added this topping to a cheesecake recipe I’ve had for years.


Cheesecake with Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping

12 Servings
1-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (I buy whole graham crackers and make my own crumbs)
1/3 cup melted butter
1-1/4 cups sugar (divide for use)
4 eggs
24 ounces cream cheese (you can substitute light cream cheese)
1 dash salt
2 teaspoons vanilla (divide for use)
1-3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 pound Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping (optional but a great addition)

Directions

Crust:
Make graham cracker crumbs using a food processor (blender will work). It will take 10-12.
Add 1/4 cup of the sugar.
Add melted butter.
Put in the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan or a deep dish pie plate. You can press in place with a spoon or pat down with clean hands.
Place in refrigerator while you are preparing the filling.

Filling:
In a mixer or food processor, beat eggs, then cream cheese and all but 3 tablespoons of sugar. Add salt and 1-1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Beat at medium speed about 4-6 minutes.
Fold in Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping.
Pour into the pan over the graham cracker crumb crust.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Cool 30-40 minutes before you add the sour cream topping.

Topping:
Put the 3 remaining tablespoons of sugar into the sour cream. Add 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla.
Spread on top of cheesecake.
Bake 10 more minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.
Chill before serving.

Tip:
Be careful now to brown the top of the sour cream. It should be firm but white when you remove it from oven.

You may wish to sprinkle some addition Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping for garnish.

I hope you enjoy this treat. It is quite rich, so your slices of cheesecake should be small.

You can order the gourmet topping from:
Homemade Confections
email: hc.medford@yahoo.com
(541) 690 9751

I hope you enjoy.

Culinarily yours,

Maralyn D. Hill, President
International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
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