Skin Deep (CtBF: French Cheesecake)

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” - Dorothy Parker


"People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves." - Salma Hayek






Now, I had started a post about inner beauty and judging/ not judging; but frankly, its been a heckuva unpleasant week and on top of that, whatever plague has decided to invade my body has ripped every ounce of creativity from my being. I know that the beauty is out there, I'm just not feeling it at the moment. That was my headspace when it was time to make this dessert....


When I first read the recipe for this French cheesecake make with goat cheese and whipped egg whites I must admit I was a little like "what?" And then that whole dialogue about burned tops and what-not made my head hurt even more. #realtalk




The baking gods were very kind to me on the day that I made this. No crust issues. I had the right pan. The egg whites whipped to stiff peaks and nicely held their shape when I folded them into the cheese base. Into the oven it went. I think the Universe knew that one small mishap would have landed the whole thing in the trash. Pan and all. Seriously, it was like that.


Then. I. Opened. The. Door.




Oh my.


Even though this was to be expected, it was still pretty jarring. It certainly received the side-eye from the peeps - "It is supposed to look like that?" (Yes).


Okay then.


Salvation came when I unmolded it and sliced into it. Underneath that rather off-putting layer of char was a light and lovely cake with the texture of a soufflé. We served this with sugar-tossed strawberries and everyone was pleasantly surprised at the end result.


It really is what's inside that matters.


I am sure that as soon as my sinuses clear out the rest of the world will feel more optimistic. The PA said the meds will kick in a day or two and all will be well again. I guess Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said it best:
"Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary."
This post participates in Cook the Book Fridays, where a group is currently working their way through David Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen (not an affiliate link).


Peace out.


XO

Comments

  1. It's the inside that matters; your cake is a beauty. It's a bold bake. Wishing you better days and sunshine ahead.

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  2. The black top is rather confronting but it sounds delicious. Sorry to hear you have been unwell- hope you feel better soon.

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  3. This really is a case of not judging a book by its cover, right? Tastes so good (and you did make this before for AMFT!)

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  4. Feel better. I hope to make this cheesecake in the near future but this was not the week for it. Yours looks quite delicious although I must admit that I am not use to the "charred lid" yet. Once again, glad you're back. And, get well soon.

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  5. Love the quotes, Cher, and you and I had similar experiences in the cooking of this thing. It was nearly a "WTF have I done?!?" kind of thing. Ah well, it sure was tasty! I think we also have the darkest tops from what I'm seeing in others' photos. :)

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  6. When I first so your photos I was surprised however it prepared me for what was to come! And reassured me :)
    This was a beautiful, delicious cheesecake that even my cheesecake hating 18yr old son enjoyed.
    I hope you are feeling better, it's horrible being sick.

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  7. Yours looks gorgeous and good for you for baking even while under the weather.Mine didn't get the fully blackened top. I was a little disappointed, but it's probably for the best. My parents would still be saying that it was good, even though I burned it!

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