Adventures in Marbling

I have a friend in Detroit who couldn’t make it to Pie Day, so I told her I would bake her whatever she wanted when she was in NY — for one night only! — to celebrate her birthday.

Her response? “I’ve always been a sucker for pecan pie! And turtle pie. And peanut butter pie. Heath bar pie. Vanilla pie. OK, I think I may just be making up pies now…”

So…since she didn’t have one extra special favorite and seemed to like pecans, I decided to go with turtle cheesecake.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the day OF the big birthday bash that I read the directions in full and realized the cake is supposed to refrigerate overnight. Which I totally should have known! Cheesecake needs some time to chill and settle. But, alas, I had no choice but to make do.

I also tried to marble the cake…for what could possibly be the first time ever. And yet it was really hard to tell that there was any chocolate in there at all. It wasn’t a beautiful marble. It was more like, “Oh, hey, maybe there’s something in there?” I guess perhaps more chocolate would have been useful. But a girl only has so many blocks of semisweet chocolate on hand.

As per usual, ol’ L-Squared put WAY too much filling in the pan and it exploded up and cracked. When it cooled it settled down a bit, but there was still a big X in the middle.

I left it in the fridge for a bit — to give it as much cooling time as possible! — and then decided it would be easier to just pour the dulce de luche on top rather than try to drizzle it and make a pretty pattern. (My pastry bags could have come in handy here, but I had just used them to write on brownies, so I felt like I got adequate Pastry Bag Time last week.) So…I poured caramel all over it and tossed some pecans around and was basically ready to boogie.

Even though it was perhaps a little too warm or gooey, it got a really good reception! I guess it’s hard to go wrong when you use four blocks of cream cheese, chocolate, dulce de leche and nuts. And apparently I didn’t. So. One last time: Happy Birthday, Jaclyn!

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