Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
I chose to bake Eggnog Cheesecake Bars (another Martha Stewart recipe) specifically for Michael because he is a such a fan of eggnog (especially when added to coffee). I followed the recipe pretty precisely, though I needed to strain the mixed batter, as it was lumpier than I liked, before pouring it over the crust. I think I didn’t let the cream cheese soften enough before using it and then rushed the initial mixing – it seems I was in a big rush ALL of yesterday (December 17, 2010), because I also had a batch of shortbread (almost) flop.
Modifications: I lined the pan with parchment paper rather than trusting the vegetable oil cooking spray, used graham cracker crumbs (rather than crackers) and omitted the brandy.
Notes: the plastic wrap clings to the top (and therefore messes it up) if you let it touch.
Tasting notes: Michael says they taste exactly as advertised – eggnog cheesecake – and gave them 5 stars. It’s a keeper! Also, reviews from various tasters at the Christmas Drop-In were all positive.