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Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver Recipes for July 10- July 17

Is it Friday already???  Apparently it is.  So TA-DA!!! New recipes!  If you have any questions that cannot be answered by reading the Friday Baking page, then please email me!

I know I probably do not have to say this but please always read through recipes before beginning.

As in weeks before, you will have a choice of sweet or savory (or both) recipes.  Your first is an AMAZING cheesecake recipe that Rachel made yesterday for the first time.  Yeah, we like to try out the recipes when we have time.  Don’t want anyone wasting ingredients and their time and hard earned money on a bummer of a recipe if we can help it!  But take a look at this!

cheesecakeYeah it tastes as good as it looks.  But Rachel surely made it look beautiful as well.

Thanks Rach for the photo!

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

Rachel topped this cheesecake with a simple ganache (see her recipe below) and fresh raspberries.

You will need three 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened so go ahead and sit it out while you prepare your crust. For your crust she used a brownie mix prepared by the directions on the package and cut the baking time by 10 minutes.  You want the brownie underdone. Or you can use your favorite from scratch brownie. While your brownies are baking, wrap the bottom of a 9-10 inch springform pan with 3-4 layers of heavy-duty foil. Spray the bottom very lightly with cooking spray.   When the brownie is baked and cooled enough to touch, press it into the bottom and partially up the sides of your springform pan.  Bake another 10 minutes.  Cool on a rack  and then place the crust in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.


  • 3 pkg (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 450.  Beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.  Beat in brown sugar until light and well blended.  Slowly beat in eggs then sour cream and vanilla.  Beat just until well blended.  Pour into prepared crust.  Place the foil wrapped pan in a large shallow roasting pan.  Place in the oven and add about 1/2 inch water to the roaster, careful not to get any on  your batter!

Reduce heat to 325 and bake for 45-55 minutes  or until the cheesecake is firm around the edges but still slightly jiggly in the center.  Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven for 30 minutes longer. Rachel propped the door slightly ajar with a wooden spoon. Remove cheesecake from the oven and cool on a rack until room temperature.  Remove the pan sides.

Chill at least 8 hours or overnight.  Drizzle with ganache or serve plain – either way is delicious!

Rachel’s Simple Ganache

8 ounces of any kind of chocolate and 1 cup heavy cream.  Chop the chocolate fine and put in a heat proof bowl.   Bring the heavy cream to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and pour slowly over chocolate while stirring.  Whisk together chocolate and cream until homogeneous.  Mixture will thicken as it stands.  Store in refrigerator and bring to room temp before using.

Now your savory recipe:

Beer Bread

Another simple recipe!  We had this bread last night – took no time at all to whip up and get in the oven.  And is smelled so good baking! I actually used self-rising flour and omitted the baking powder.

Preheat oven to 375.

  • 3 cups flour (spoon into measuring cup…don’t dip and measure!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • One 12 ounce bottle or can of beer ~ light or dark
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Mix dry ingredients and beer.  Pour into a 9″ loaf pan you sprayed with cooking spray.  Pour melted butter over the batter.  Bake 1 hour.  Cool slightly in the pan and remove loaf from pan and let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.  This is a fairly crumbly bread but it is so tasty!

Happy Baking Everyone!


National Sugar Cookie Day

This fact was brought to my attention by Jennifer The Farmgirl. How fun!  So might I bake some?  I just might! Here are some from the past.  Likely I didn’t decorate any of them.  That’s Rachel’s department. But thought you might like to see them.




fishcookies I am sure there are hundreds more pictures of her lovely cookies but I don’t have time to sort thru the folders!  ONE of these days I am going to do just that!  But until, enjoy these.   Now go bake some cookies!


Thoughtful Thursday

The response to this week’s fun has been great!  Thanks to everyone who shared the giveaway on your blogs and I am still clicking and posting my comments and am having trouble with some comment boxes, so if appears I have not visited, don’t fret, I will try again but your names are all in the jar! And those that don’t have a blog as well.

Don’t forget tomorrow is the deadline for this week’s baking challenges and new recipes will be up in the morning.  I have a lot going on here don’t I!?  No matter…we’re having fun, right?

I have a lot to get accomplished today so I won’t dilly dally around this morning.  But I would like to share a photo Rachel took of our little Julius.  If that doesn’t make you smile…well I just don’t know what to say!


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