First of all, I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends! Me, I had a great Christmas – I got new silverware! And my thoughtful hubby bought me some really fancy vanilla paste for my stocking, which I am SUPER excited to use! Not to mention, we had a great time with our families and both decided this was our best married Christmas so far! So, all-in-all…great Christmas. But now onto more important things like MY VERY FIRST CHEESECAKE!!! YIPPEEEE!! (Can you tell I’m just a wee bit proud of myself here?).

I want to give Anne of Anne Strawberry a HUGE thanks for picking this week’s TWD recipe: Tall and Creamy Cheesecake, and forcing me to get over myself and finally make a cheesecake! That’s right – I’ve never in my life made one. Everyone has told me how simple and no-fail they are, but for some reason, cheesecake has always been one of those things I’ve always been scared to death to attempt. I know, dumb, right? So now I can say that I’ve MADE ONE and it was a HUUUUUUUUUUGE success!! I took it to my hubby’s family Christmas and everyone seemed to really enjoy it (brownie points for me!). This was not only simple to make, but the best freaking cheesecake I’ve ever put in my mouth…I’m so glad I followed the recipe totally as is, because this was perfect as Dorie makes it. Perfect, I tell you!! I can’t wait to make another one of these….I feel so big and powerful now – like I’ve conquered something deep inside of me….who knows, maybe I’ll give brioche another try soon (or maaaaaybe not…). Anyway, go check out Anne’s blog and get the recipe for this FREAKING AWESOME CHEESECAKE. Do it. Right now. Go.

(sorry there are no pictures of the actual slices of cake….I couldn’t take a hacked up cake to family Christmas)

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  1. Absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful success for your first cheesecake!

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    Comment by Caitlin — December 29, 2008 @ 11:47 PM

  2. Beautiful

    Best wishes for 2009!

    Ulrike from <a href="http://ostwestwind.twoday.net/">Küchenlatein</a&gt;

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    Comment by Ulrike — December 30, 2008 @ 6:36 AM

  3. Gorgeous cheesecake.

    This is the best tasting one I have ever eaten.

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    Comment by chocolatechic — December 30, 2008 @ 7:32 AM

  4. Your cake came out great! I was afraid of making cheesecakes myself the whole water bath thing is what always scared me! But now that I have made a few I feel like a pro.

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    Comment by Danielle — December 30, 2008 @ 7:35 AM

  5. It’s beautiful, A!! :) I added cinnamon to mine and it was delish!

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    Comment by hornedfroggy — December 30, 2008 @ 8:55 AM

  6. What a picture perfect cheesecake! Wasn’t it yummy, too?

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    Comment by Leslie — December 30, 2008 @ 9:23 AM

  7. Congratulations! It looks incredible!

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    Comment by rainbowbrown — December 30, 2008 @ 2:13 PM

  8. That just looks dreamy!

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    Comment by Holly — December 30, 2008 @ 2:54 PM

  9. Wow for your first cheesecake this looks amazing!

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    Comment by Rachel — December 30, 2008 @ 3:17 PM

  10. Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what you do with the vanilla paste your cheesecake looks beautiful!

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    Comment by Christine — December 30, 2008 @ 3:53 PM

  11. It looks perfect!

    Happy new Year!

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    Comment by wendy — December 30, 2008 @ 7:50 PM

  12. Beautiful Cheesecake! Thanks for sharing.

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    Comment by Andrea — December 30, 2008 @ 9:52 PM

  13. Your cheesecake looks fabulous!!!! Fantastic job!!!!!

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    Comment by Jennifer — December 31, 2008 @ 8:18 AM

  14. So glad the cheesecake was a success! Hurray for family brownie points. haha. btw I am so impressed that your husband knows what vanilla paste is much less got it for your stocking. My hubs has no clue!

    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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    Comment by CB — December 31, 2008 @ 9:53 AM

  15. Yours looks great! My boss said it was the best cheesecake he has ever had too! This is an awesome recipe and a maker again-er!

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    Comment by Maci — December 31, 2008 @ 10:14 AM

  16. i’ve still never made one! glad it turned out so beautifully on your first time. i am definitely looking forward to trying it out:) happy new year!

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    Comment by kim — December 31, 2008 @ 12:56 PM

  17. Looks great! I am sure that everyone loved it!

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    Comment by Mary Ann — December 31, 2008 @ 2:12 PM

  18. Congratulations on your first cheesecake!

    I wonder why it has a reputation as being difficult. It really isn’t. Maybe the cheesecake makers want it to be their secret :)

    Anyway, I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.

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    Comment by Jacque — December 31, 2008 @ 5:00 PM

  19. Your cheesecake FAR exceeds mine and your father said it was THE BEST he’d ever eaten!

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    Comment by Mother — January 2, 2009 @ 5:15 AM

  20. Your cheesecake looks just perfect! Happy New Year! :)

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    Comment by LyB — January 4, 2009 @ 6:51 PM

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