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Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Autumn Cheesecake
EXCELLENT!!! I got rave reviews on this one and a few "It looks like it came from a professional" comments. I would change the name to Apple Pie Cheesecake to more accurately described this dessert. I did made a few modifications after reading others' reviews. Here's how I made this one: I increased the ingredients by 1/2. Prepared the crust as directed. While the crust was pre-baking, I peeled, cored, and thinly sliced the apples then tossed them in the cinnamon/sugar. I made the filling as directed. When everything was ready, I poured about 1/2 the filling into the crust, drained the apples and layered them top. I poured in the remaining filling and placed the apples slices in circles around the top. I baked it IN A WATER BATH for 45 minutes. When the timer dinged I scattered about 1/4 c. chopped pecans around the top and baked for another 15 min. Once the timer dinged again, I turned off the oven AND LEFT IT ALONE for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. After it had cooled I put it in the frig. The next morning I took it out of the pan and put the fully cooled cheesecake on a platter. It looked beautiful. I thought it need a little something extra so I drizzled caramel sauce over the top - just a little bit. The finished cake tasted so good. The inside layer of apples turned out tasting really good but separated from the filling so I'd skip that part next time. Sounds like a lot of work but it was really, really easy. I highly recommend this one.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2007
Brazilian Bananas
I was looking for something to do with some really ripe bananas and did want a bread. This seemed like a nice change. After reading reviews I decided to make some changes. First, I dissolved the sugar in the liquids prior to pouring over bananas. Second, I skipped adding the butter prior to baking. Then, after baking, I further reduced the remaining liquid (which was way too thin) to make more of a syrup consistency. All in all it was pretty good. My husband and I both thought toasting the coconut then sprinkling on top would be a good idea. I ate it alone and found tasty but a littlesweet. My husband put ice cream on top-which I found better tasting.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 4, 2007
Cranberry Pork Chops II
I was looking for something different to do with pork chops and this was a very good choice. Made some changes - using chicken broth instead of water, canned whole cranberry sauce (couldn't find fresh or frozen) and adding a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, I thickened the sauce with cornstarch and poured it over the finished chops. Look really nice and tasted good.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2007

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