Lavender Lemon Triple Crust Cheesecake with Vanilla Bean

Once upon a time, the discussion topic between Andy and I, was cheesecake.

He informed me that the reason he’s not a big fan, was due to the common ratio between crust and cheesecake.  It seemed odd to him that it was composed of a tall thick pan of cheesey baked goodness, and then an itty-bitty layer of crust on the bottom, so thin it almost seemed non-existent.

My little mind wheels started turning. What if I create a cheesecake with an extra extra thick crust to match the portions of towering cakebatter?

At that instant, there was an applause in my head.  It was a beautiful moment.

We shared this epiphany with two good friends, Kortnee and Sean, last summer. A few weeks later when I finally made my very first cheesecake, they received a text like this.

Me:  “hey McCar’s.  I made that triple-crust-cheesecake. come over and be my taste tester guinea pigs??”

Sean: “yes.”

Kort: “say no more.”

Actually I don’t remember how the texting convo went. But it was along these lines. Nevertheless…success! My first cheesecake had great reviews from these two…and Andy. Thanks guys.

Fast forward…
A few days ago this remarkable, dexterous, attractive couple (newly engaged, might I add) prompted me to re-introduce this unreasonably-thick-crusted cheesecake on my Tiny Kitchen.

Then Kortnee, the crackerjack mastermind that she is, proposed… Lavender Cheesecake.

Done.

After some preparation and a grocery run, I took my Tiny Kitchen experiment to my Mama’s house for the day.
I have an announcement.  The decadence of this dessert did not deserve any substitutions for healthy ventures  –  it is a rich, authentic, creamy dessert, not for the faint at heart.
Gotta live a little.

Ok here we go, this is a fun one! Give yourself time. The enjoyment of baking is in the slow step by steps.

ImageFor the crust, I experimented a bit until I settled down with what I thought was the perfect combination of flavors. Same for the creamy goodness cake. (which includes a special addition of thick greek yogurt!)

Ingredients for crust:

  • 4 cups crushed graham cracker
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnut)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sticks of butter melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste

Ingredients for cake:

  • 3 ½ packages of cream cheese (room temp / softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt (try to avoid the nonfat yogurt. texture doesn’t work as well)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 – 2 tsp crushed lavender
  • 3/4 tsp lemon emulsion (optional)
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt

Ingredients for topping:

  • blueb’s
  • sugar
  • lemon juice
  • vanilla

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350. Set aside a lightly greased cheesecake pan.

In a ziplock, crush graham crackers with a rolling pin. OR if you’re fancy, just use a food processor. But I’m warning you it’s not as fun.
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Then add your cinnamon and mix it together.
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Melt butter separately and add vanilla paste (if you dont have it, use vanilla extract!). Pour that butter over the dry grahams and mix it in real good.
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Alright, press it all into your pan, with more crust heighth on the edges.
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Beat cream cheese, til you get rid of chunks. Add sugar and greek yogurt. Cut open vanilla bean like so.
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Scrape it out.
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Sniff. Yum.

Add to the cream, along with lemon emulsion, plus your lemon juice.
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Look how the vanilla is perty.
Then, add eggs, and beat all together. Important!..don’t over-beat it.

Add your crushed lavender. This is how I crushed mine. It was hard labor. And it smelled fantastic.

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Okkk…separate ½ cup of this cream mixture, set aside. Pour remainder into the pan, on top of the crust. (ignore the blurry photo, por favor)
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With that ½ cup cream, add pureed blueberries (the juice) – as much as you want until you get a nice lavender color. I used about 2ish TBSP blue puree.
ImageWith this purpley shtuff, decorate how you wish. This is how I wished.
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You can put dots of purple batter and swirl it around with a toothpick. The possibilities of lavender magnificence are endless, really.

Ok, to bake..  Typically this is how its done. (and it worked really well)…

Turn the oven down to 250. Pop that sucker in the oven for 1 and 1/2 hours. Then turn the oven off BUT leave the cake in for another 45 min – 1 hour, at least. THEN its done:)

CHILL it.
Toss some dried lavender on top.

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Just look at that ratio of crust!:)

If you so desire, 
on the stove, cook some blueberries with sugar until it boils. Then simmer and add lemon juice and vanilla. No measurements here. Just do it, you’ll be proud of yourself. I bestow to you, my un-measurable habits.
Drizzle that on top.
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May I present to you, Lavender Lemon Triple Crust Cheesecake with Vanilla Bean.
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Seeing as my creation today was inspired solely by Kortnee and Sean, I’d like to dedicate this cake to them. May you enjoy every bite. Because it is yours. To have and to hold.
And to eat.

Well..half of it at least;)

Text me what time I can deliver it to you today!

from my Tiny Kitchen,

glorieanna

P.S. shout out to my Mama for letting me crash her kitchen!
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