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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    baked shortbread crumb base. Drizzled melted jam on top. It said to
    bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.

    I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. Oh
    sure, edible - but only by fork. No way could anyone pick these up as
    a finger treat. Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    still soft.

    A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. Could this be
    the binder these pathetic bars needed? I got the recipe off a recipe
    site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.

  2. #2
    ravenlynne Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On 12/5/2010 6:03 PM, Kalmia wrote:
    > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > baked shortbread crumb base. Drizzled melted jam on top. It said to
    > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.
    >
    > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. Oh
    > sure, edible - but only by fork. No way could anyone pick these up as
    > a finger treat. Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    > still soft.
    >
    > A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. Could this be
    > the binder these pathetic bars needed? I got the recipe off a recipe
    > site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.


    It seems like they need something like that, or maybe flour?

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    Forstchen

  3. #3
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Dec 5, 6:03*pm, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > baked shortbread crumb base. *Drizzled melted jam on top. *It said to
    > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.
    >
    > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. *Oh
    > sure, edible - but only by fork. *No way could anyone pick these up as
    > a finger treat. *Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    > still soft.
    >
    > A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. *Could this be
    > the binder these pathetic bars needed? *I got the recipe off a recipe
    > site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.


    Was the basic ratio 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and one
    egg? If so then they should have set up if they had been baked
    properly.

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    Aussie Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote in news:4944819b-4b6c-48cf-ab8b-
    [email protected]:

    > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > baked shortbread crumb base. Drizzled melted jam on top. It said to
    > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.
    >
    > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. Oh
    > sure, edible - but only by fork. No way could anyone pick these up as
    > a finger treat. Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    > still soft.
    >
    > A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. Could this be
    > the binder these pathetic bars needed? I got the recipe off a recipe
    > site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.




    Got a copy of the recipe?

    Did you use enough/right sized eggs?



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    Peter Lucas
    Hobart
    Tasmania

    The act of feeding someone is an act of beauty,
    whether it's a full Sunday roast or a jam sandwich,
    but only when done with love.

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:03:59 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    >baked shortbread crumb base. Drizzled melted jam on top. It said to
    >bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.
    >
    >I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. Oh
    >sure, edible - but only by fork. No way could anyone pick these up as
    >a finger treat. Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    >still soft.
    >
    >A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. Could this be
    >the binder these pathetic bars needed? I got the recipe off a recipe
    >site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.


    May we see the recipe please, that would help us figure out what might
    have gone wrong.

    koko
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    James Beard

    www.kokoscornerblog.com
    Updated 12/03/10

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    www.apinchofspices.com

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:03:59 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > baked shortbread crumb base. Drizzled melted jam on top. It said to
    > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.
    >
    > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. Oh
    > sure, edible - but only by fork. No way could anyone pick these up as
    > a finger treat. Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    > still soft.
    >
    > A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. Could this be
    > the binder these pathetic bars needed? I got the recipe off a recipe
    > site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.


    Compare it to another recipe that you know turns out the way you want.
    Do you have enough eggs for the amount of cream cheese? Maybe all you
    need to do is cook it a little longer next time.

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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:03:59 -0800 (PST), Kalmia wrote:

    > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > baked shortbread crumb base. Drizzled melted jam on top. It said to
    > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.
    >
    > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up.


    Was it regular cream cheese, and not Lite or neufchatel?

    I know my mother would always wonder why a recipe didn't work out
    only to find out she used the wrong stuff. But when I'd look in
    the trash, che could have "sworn" it was regular cream cheese (or
    sour cream, etc..). It wasn't. It was light or fat free.

    She was not very good at reading labels, and not because of
    eyesight.

    -sw

  8. #8
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Dec 5, 7:07*pm, Sqwertz <sqwe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:03:59 -0800 (PST), Kalmia wrote:
    > > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > > baked shortbread crumb base. *Drizzled melted jam on top. *It said to
    > > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.

    >
    > > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up.

    >
    > Was it regular cream cheese, and not Lite or neufchatel? *
    >
    > I know my mother would always wonder why a recipe didn't work out
    > only to find out she used the wrong stuff. *But when I'd look in
    > the trash, che could have "sworn" it was regular cream cheese (or
    > sour cream, etc..). *It wasn't. *It was light or fat free.
    >



    Oh, shoot - it was neufchatel!! I bet that was the culprit. I guess
    they are NOT interchangeable.
    I think I'll still go back to the old recipe - the one which called
    for the cornstarch. I want to take these to an Xmas party - hence,
    the dry run.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 16:47:20 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Oh, shoot - it was neufchatel!! I bet that was the culprit. I guess
    > they are NOT interchangeable.


    I've interchanged Neufchatel with regular and never had a problem, but
    I've never tried it with lite cream cheese.

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

  10. #10
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Dec 5, 8:07*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 16:47:20 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    >
    > <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    > > Oh, shoot - it was neufchatel!! *I bet that was the culprit. *I guess
    > > they are NOT interchangeable.

    >
    > I've interchanged Neufchatel with regular and never had a problem, but
    > I've never tried it with lite cream cheese.



    I just reread the recipe and it called for either the Neuf or reg.
    cream cheese. Hmph!!

    I'm going back to my old recipe and using graham cracker crust too
    instead of the shortbread.


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    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    In article <1uhjnua5pu6pj$.[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:


    > I know my mother would always wonder why a recipe didn't work out
    > only to find out she used the wrong stuff. But when I'd look in
    > the trash, che could have "sworn" it was regular cream cheese (or
    > sour cream, etc..). It wasn't. It was light or fat free.
    >
    > She was not very good at reading labels, and not because of
    > eyesight.


    When I was a kid, it was a standing joke in our house that my mother
    didn't read the directions on packages. I didn't get it. It wasn't
    until she was dead for decades that I finally got it. When she came to
    the US, she didn't know any English!

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:09:51 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Dec 5, 8:07*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    >> On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 16:47:20 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    >>
    >> <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    >> > Oh, shoot - it was neufchatel!! *I bet that was the culprit. *I guess
    >> > they are NOT interchangeable.

    >>
    >> I've interchanged Neufchatel with regular and never had a problem, but
    >> I've never tried it with lite cream cheese.

    >
    >
    >I just reread the recipe and it called for either the Neuf or reg.
    >cream cheese. Hmph!!
    >
    >I'm going back to my old recipe and using graham cracker crust too
    >instead of the shortbread.


    I'm sorry, I guess I missed where you posted the recipe you used,
    could you please re-post it?

    koko
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    Food is our common ground, a universal experience
    James Beard

    www.kokoscornerblog.com
    Updated 12/03/10

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    www.apinchofspices.com

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    ms. tonya Guest

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Sun, 05 Dec 2010 17:07:12 -0800, sf wrote:

    > On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 16:47:20 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Oh, shoot - it was neufchatel!! I bet that was the culprit. I guess
    >> they are NOT interchangeable.

    >
    > I've interchanged Neufchatel with regular and never had a problem, but
    > I've never tried it with lite cream cheese.


    Of course she hasn't tried it in this recipe. She just wants to
    undermine my correct answer.

    Good 'ol Barbara.

    Nuefchatel has 33% more water instead of 33% more fat. That's a
    66% difference over regular cream cheese. It is not good for many
    recipes calling for cream cheese.

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:09:51 -0800 (PST), Kalmia wrote:

    > On Dec 5, 8:07*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    >> On Sun, 5 Dec 2010 16:47:20 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    >>
    >> <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    >>> Oh, shoot - it was neufchatel!! *I bet that was the culprit. *I guess
    >>> they are NOT interchangeable.

    >>
    >> I've interchanged Neufchatel with regular and never had a problem, but
    >> I've never tried it with lite cream cheese.

    >
    > I just reread the recipe and it called for either the Neuf or reg.
    > cream cheese. Hmph!!


    It's *NOT* though. You have a recipe where somebody at one point
    put in a "heathier" alternative without testing it first. I'd bet
    $100 it works with regular cream cheese.

    -sw

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Dec 5, 6:03*pm, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > baked shortbread crumb base. *Drizzled melted jam on top. *It said to
    > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.
    >
    > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. *Oh
    > sure, edible - but only by fork. *No way could anyone pick these up as
    > a finger treat. *Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    > still soft.
    >
    > A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. *Could this be
    > the binder these pathetic bars needed? *I got the recipe off a recipe
    > site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.


    My guess is you were so concerned about the center being "jiggly" that
    you ended up underbaking it. You don't want the center to be
    completely firm but you do want it to be set. If it's still liquidy
    it's not done.

    I run into the same dilemma when I bake a pecan pie once a year for
    Thanksgiving. At the end of the minimum baking time I give the pie a
    gentle shake. If the whole thing shakes like gelatin then I know it's
    done. If I see any sloshing or definite movement in the center then I
    leave it in for 3 more minutes and check it again. If it doesn't
    jiggle at all then it's overdone.

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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Dec 6, 1:33*am, "djs0...@aol.com" <djs0...@aol.com> wrote:
    > On Dec 5, 6:03*pm, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    >
    > > The recipe called for cream cheese, sugar, egg - mix and spread over a
    > > baked shortbread crumb base. *Drizzled melted jam on top. *It said to
    > > bake til edges firm but center still 'jiggly'.

    >
    > > I let em sit in fridge overnight, but they still didn't set up. *Oh
    > > sure, edible - but only by fork. *No way could anyone pick these up as
    > > a finger treat. *Even after they sat in the freezer for many hours -
    > > still soft.

    >
    > > A similar recipe I used to use called for cornstarch. *Could this be
    > > the binder these pathetic bars needed? *I got the recipe off a recipe
    > > site - I re-read it - nothing was omitted.

    >
    > My guess is you were so concerned about the center being "jiggly" that
    > you ended up underbaking it. *You don't want the center to be
    > completely firm but you do want it to be set. *If it's still liquidy
    > it's not done.
    >
    > I run into the same dilemma when I bake a pecan pie once a year for
    > Thanksgiving. *At the end of the minimum baking time I give the pie a
    > gentle shake. *If the whole thing shakes like gelatin then I know it's
    > done. *If I see any sloshing or definite movement in the center then I
    > leave it in for 3 more minutes and check it again. * If it doesn't
    > jiggle at all then it's overdone.


    You could be right. My oven tends to undercook, shall we say. If
    instructions read "bake 18-20 minutes", I always need to let em go to
    21 or 22 minutes. Even with the oven thermometer, they just seem to
    need that extra time. Maybe 'jiggly' wasn't quite the right
    terminology either.




  18. #18
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Dec 5, 9:27*pm, Sqwertz <sqwe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:

    > Neufchatel has 33% more water instead of 33% more fat. *That's a
    > 66% difference over regular cream cheese. *It is not good for many
    > recipes calling for cream cheese.



    I will engrave this fact in stone (i.e. on a note inside cupboard
    door) for future reference.




  19. #19
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?


    > I know my mother would always wonder why a recipe didn't work out
    > only to find out she used the wrong stuff. *But when I'd look in
    > the trash, che could have "sworn" it was regular cream cheese (or
    > sour cream, etc..). *It wasn't. *It was light or fat free.
    >
    > She was not very good at reading labels, and not because of
    > eyesight.
    >
    > -sw


    I substitute 1/3 less fat or fat-free for regular cream cheese all the
    time, in baked goods AND cheesecake, and have never had a "fail."

    N.

  20. #20
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Cheesecake bars flopped royally. Wha'?

    On Mon, 6 Dec 2010 07:41:50 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Dec 5, 9:27*pm, Sqwertz <sqwe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    >
    > > Neufchatel has 33% more water instead of 33% more fat. *That's a
    > > 66% difference over regular cream cheese. *It is not good for many
    > > recipes calling for cream cheese.

    >
    >
    > I will engrave this fact in stone (i.e. on a note inside cupboard
    > door) for future reference.
    >

    People who actually *know* how to cook can use them interchangeably.
    People like squirts, to whom cooking is more theory than practice,
    will screw it up every time.


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    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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