Junior's Cheesecake Recipe

Saturday, 31 August 2019

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My Oma is coming over today for coffee and cake, and I wanted to surprise her with a cheesecake. She is usually the one to bake for me, so it was nice to treat her this time. I made this last night (it took just under 2 hours start to finish) and I refrigerated it overnight.

I've lived in New York for a year now, and Junior's Cheesecake is my absolute favorite. I had to recreate it at home!

Cream cheese, heavy whipping cream and vanilla sugar... this cheesecake is not exactly light on the calories, so special occasions only!

Sponge layer cake:
  • 1⁄2 cup sifted cake flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
      • 1 pinch salt 
      • 3 large eggs, seperated 
      • 1⁄3 cup sugar 
      • 2 tablespoons sugar 
      • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
      • 3 drops lemon extract 
      • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
      • melted 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar or a squeeze of lemon juice

      Cream cheese filling:
      • 3x (250g) packages cream cheese 
      • 1 2⁄3 cups sugar 
      • 1⁄4 cup cornstarch 
      • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
      • 2 large eggs 
      • 3⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream

      Sponge cake: Preheat the oven to 350 F and butter a 9-inch springform pan. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

      Beat the egg yolks together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high for 3 minutes. Then, with the mixer still running, gradually add the 1/3 cup of sugar and continue beating until thick light-yellow ribbons form in the bowl, about 5 minutes more.

      Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts. Sift the flour mixture over the batter and stir it in by hand until mo more white flecks appear. Then blend in the butter.

      In a clean bowl, using clean dry beaters, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar (or lemon juice if I don't have it!) together on high until frothy. Gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form (the whites should stand up in stiff peaks, but not be dry).

      Stir about 1/3 cup of the whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites (don't worry if a few white specks remain). Gently spoon the batter into the pan.

      Bake the cake just until the center of the cake springs back when lightly touched, only about 10 minutes (watch carefully!) Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack while you continue making the cheesecake filling. Do not remove the cake from the pan.

      Cream Cheese Filling: Place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, then beat in the remaining 3 packages of the cream cheese.

      Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the remaining 1 1/3 cups of the sugar, then beat in the vanilla. Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating the batter well after each one. Blend in heavy cream. At this point mix the filling only until completely blended.

      Gently spoon the cheese filling on top of the baked sponge cake layer. Place the springform pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1 inch up the side of the pan. Bake the cheesecake until the center barely jiggles when you shake the pan, about 1 hour.

      Cool the cake on a wire rack for 1 hour. Then cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's completely cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Slide the cake off of the bottom of the pan onto a serving plate!
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      4th of July Swimsuit Sales

      Thursday, 4 July 2019

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      Happy 4th!!! While I am headed back to Canada today for the weekend, I still wanted to write a blog post in celebration of Independence Day - and all the beautiful swimwear that's gone on sale today. I've sifted through all the upcoming sales for this weekend to bring you the best - and it's not just swim, there's also a ton of summer dresses, shorts and crop tops that are on sale as retailers make way for back to school and fall fashion.

      Gingham Bikini (top is sold out, similar) / Gray Bikini 

      Alice & Olivia: Take an extra 60% off sale. Only July 4th.
      Anthropologie: Take an extra 50% off at the Summer Tag Sale. While supplies last.
      ASOS: Take 20% off your purchase with code HAPPYJULY4TH! Only July 4th.
      Bloomingdales: Take an extra 30% off sale styles until July 7th.

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      Intermix: get an additional 40% off their summer sale until July 9th.
      Macy's: Take 20% off at 4th of July Sale with code FOURTH, plus receive free shipping at $75 until July 7th.
      Topshop: An extra 10% off with code JULY.

      Happy shopping!
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      5 Tips for Throwing an Epic Bachelorette in Nashville

      Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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      My best friend Marisa is getting married in September, and as her maid of honor, I was tasked with planning the bachelorette for a dozen of her closest friends in Nashville! I’m a true “planner” at heart, so I was probably a bit too enthusiastic about this job. We ended up having an unforgettable weekend, so I wanted to share a few tips with you.  

      Find an incredible house

      A house is imperative because the common areas allow for a bachelorette debauchery/bonding that you just don’t get in a hotel. We also wanted an outdoor space that we could hangout in. Check out VRBO or Airbnb for house rentals – this is the house we ended up going with in Nashville, Tennessee.

      Nail down the itinerary

      Another important one, and also motivated me to book restaurant reservations well in advance! It’s good to have a rough itinerary so the girls know which days will be low key vs. party. I created our itinerary in Canva. They looked so cute to go with everyone's welcome goodie bag!  

      Figure out the finances

      This is a tricky one because I personally hate asking people for money, but we had everyone pay upfront for their portion of the Airbnb. I paid the deposit on the pedal tavern, however, everyone else paid their share once we were in Nashville! In terms of eating out and grabbing groceries and booze for the house, everyone split everything equally and it was drama free. As long as the main chunk (in most cases the accommodation) is split before the event, I think the rest of the bills can easily be taken care of and divided during the weekend.

      Make the bride feel special

      This can be done with a theme or decorations etc. I wanted to make sure Marisa felt like the bride on the holiday, but I also wanted to incorporate the Nashville country theme so the girls and I organized to all wear plaid shirts, jean cut-offs and black tanks, and we told the bride to bring the same but in white.  

      Thoughtful extras

      Since I work at Etsy, I am very in tune with all the #Nashlorette d├ęcor one can find on the site. From personalized hangover kits, Nashlorette balloons, and a Let’s Get Nashty banner – you can really find it all. My friend Amanda also made the beautiful personalized sleeping masks for us, and an Etsy seller made custom coasters with sassy pictures of the groom on them!

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