Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Peanut Butter Truffle Mousse Cheesecake

I am so excited to join the crazy cooking challenge this month.  For those of you who do not know what that is, it's a group of food bloggers who are challenged every month to find the ultimate recipe for that month's theme, make that recipe and then all post them on the same day.  Previous months have included fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, chocolate chip cookies and fruit smoothies. 

 I was so happy when I found out that this month's theme was cheesecake, as I have never actually made a cheesecake before (my husband is the cheesecake maker in our house!) so I thought this would be the perfect challenge for my very first crazy cooking challenge.


As soon as I found out the theme I went searching through food blogs pinning all the cheesecakes I would love to make.  In the end I was torn between two - a cherry crumble cheesecake and a peanut butter truffle mousse cheesecake.  I couldn't decide between them so I sent the links to my husband and gave him the deciding vote.  So in the end the cheesecake I made was the Peanut Butter Truffle Mousse Cheesecake from In Katrina's Kitchen.

To put it simply, this cheesecake is amazing.  It starts out with a peanut butter Oreo crust, a fluffy cheesecake filling, topped off with peanut butter truffle mouse, and decorated with whipped cream and a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup, and if that wasn't enough it's finished with a warm peanut butter sauce.  Randal took this to his office and from what I hear everyone loved it.  I am already planning to make this again because I want to try it using Nutter Butter cookies for the crust instead of  Oreos, and as neither Randal or I are cool whip fans I want to make the mousse with real whipped cream (those would be the only changes I would make to this recipe).

2 cups crushed peanut butter Oreos
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

4 (8oz) bricks of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cups sugar
4 eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Truffle Mousse
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp milk
2 cups icing sugar
1 large tub Cool Whip
Reeses Cups

Peanut Butter Sauce
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap a 9 inch springform pan with foil.

Mix together the crushed Oreos and melted butter and press into the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Bake for 7 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.  Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the cream and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.

Pour the cheesecake filling into the prepared crust. Place the cheesecake into a roasting pan (or something large enough to fit the cheesecake pan) pour boiling water into the roasting pan until it reaches half way up the cheesecake.

Bake 45 to 55 minutes until the edges are set, but the center still has a jiggle to it. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven for 1 hour.
Then remove the cheesecake from the water bath and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack before refrigerating overnight.

To make the peanut butter mousse, in the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the cream cheese, peanut butter and milk until smooth. Beat in the icing sugar followed by the cool whip.  Cover the cheesecake with the mousse and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. 

To make the peanut butter sauce combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until melted and combined.

We topped the cheesecake with fresh whipped cream that my husband made, but you could also use any leftover peanut butter mouse, and peanut butter cups and a drizzle of the peanut butter sauce.

Below are the other cheesecakes from this Challenge. If you like the look of mine, please click my thumbnail (number 21) to vote. 

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The Daily Smash said...

Welcome to the CCC its so much fun you will love it. And amazing choice on the cheesecake that looks so good. Nice job.

#30 ccc Triple Lemon Cheesecake

Melissa said...

Your cheesecake looks amazing! I love peanut butter :) Great CCC pick! I'm #16. :)

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

This is pure heaven! Such a perfect choice for the challenge, welcome to the CCC! Btw, do you have a Facebook page for your blog?

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

Chocolate and peanut butter are 2 of my favorite things! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

Little Mommy Kim said...

Looks great ! Love it!

Meg said...

This sounds and looks so yummy! CCC #69

kitchen koala said...

Looks so decadent! My hubby has some serious love for Peanut Butter, so this looks perfect for him.
Stopping by from CCC #35

Jen @JuanitasCocina said...

Peanut butter truffle mousse? Where do I sign up for leftovers! Amazing! #55

Lizzy Do said...

SO gorgeous with all the layers...and topping with a pb cup and whipped cream is perfect! YUM.

Robyn said...

I am speechless ... wow! This sounds like a great cheesecake and it looks beautiful.

A month ago I made a Peanut Butter Chocolate Custard dessert. Peanut butter custard is great stuff.

I made a Rolo Cheesecake for the CCC.

Jennifer said...

Wow! What a beautiful cake!

Jen #73

Lisa~~ said...

Congrats on making your first cheesecake, it looks gorgeous!

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

Cook Lisa Cook

Rachel said...

Your first cheesecake turned out beautifully!


Lesa @Edesias Notebook said...

Your husband chose wisely. It looks amazing! Great choice!



Beautiful Cheesecake!

Sarah Carletti said...

This looks awesome. I'm so glad you linked up at Thursday Food Fest! Sarah

The Mandatory Mooch said...

Yummy, like looks delicious!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

Thanks, Nichi

Mackenzie said...

This looks awesome and a little dangerous! :) We would love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers would love your awesome ideas! Have a great weekend!
Mackenzie :)

Winnie said...

Wonderful looking cake, and seems to be a super-delicious one
I've never tried PB with cream cheese and after seeing your cake I'd definitely love to try

Carole said...

Your cheesecake is spectacular. Have a great week.

PS Have you followed me back yet? I can't see you on the list - is it under another name?

Pocketful Of Dreams said...

That looks delicious! I love peanut butter and cheesecake!

FrugalFoodieMama said...

This looks amazing! :) I think my husband would die if I made this for him, lol!

Stopping over from the Marvelous Monday party! :)

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

This looks so scrumptious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Sarah, on being the WINNER of the Crazy Cooking Challenge with this cheesecake recipe !!!

The Mandatory Mooch said...

Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party just went live at http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html


Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said...

That sounds HEAVENLY!! Yum! I am featuring your cheesecake at the link party!


Anonymous said...

OMG!!!! That cheesecake looks soooooooooo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

Wow, that looks amazing! Thank you for sharing at our
Pinteresting Party!

Julie said...

You had me at peanut butter! This looks like something I would enjoy and I must make it one day! I will be featuring this recipe on my blog this weekend. Thank you for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!


Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Gorgeous -- too pretty to eat! Two decadent desserts with two toppings in one piece -- can't resist! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!