My DIL started selling Premier Design Jewelry so I offered to host a party for her so she could make her beginning quota… what are MIL’s for!
With a party of any kind you need to have something for your guests to enjoy in the form of FOOD, making it easy to handle and nothing too messy!
One thing I knew I wanted to try was the Amaretto Peach Pecan Sauce over Cream Cheese recipe Suzy from Kitchen Bouquet posted a little while ago.
It tasted wonderful, and like Suzy I added just an extra “pinch” of Amaretto!
The other challenge I tackled was an assortment of mini cheesecakes… can’t go wrong with that decision...
I wanted to try out my Norpro mini cheesecake pan, which was so easy to use and produced such nice cheesecakes. But since you need them to cool awhile in the pan, I also pulled out my mini muffin pans and used those also. My tart tamper from Pampered Chef was a "must" in tampering the crust into the pan.
Now to some of the new recipes I tried. First off was a Peanut Butter-Finger Mini Cheesecake from Picky-Palate. Rich, but OH....OH…OH !!
Knew I had to use chocolate in some little way ..so I did a Key Lime cheesecake with a Raspberry topping drizzled with white chocolate.. Found the base key lime recipe at About.com This one was definitely my favorite. The key lime was very subtle..and I cheated a little and used the bottled key lime juice rather than squeezing fresh key limes.
Followed by an assortment of the basic cheesecake recipe you can find anywhere and used topping of lemon curd, blueberries and cherry pie filling…
This was my first time making mini cheesecakes and I know I need to work on perfecting the looks of them..but as long as they tasted great that was half the battle and the most important!! Will be doing more experimenting as time goes by. Picky- Palate has so many great recipes, one that looked really sinful was the Black Bottomed Mini Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake !!!!
I have a feeling by the time I get through all the ones I want to make I should have the presentation down to perfection!
BASIC CHEESECAKE RECIPE
1/3 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 T. sugar
1 T. melted margarine
combine the crumbs, sugar and margarine and press a tablespoonful into the bottom of each of six muffin cups that are lined with cupcake papers. Bake a 325 degrees for 5 minutes.
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 t. lemon juice
1/2 t. grated lemon peel
1/4 t. vanilla
Topping of choice
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and peel, mixing at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Blend in the egg and pour over crust, filling each cup 3/4 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from the pan. Chill and top with any topping before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
Almost forgot the best part of the party... I was able to earn $130 in free jewlery! The pieces are gorgeous and I'm pretty sure I will adding more over time!!