Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecake, with and without fruit / Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk - Margaret Ullrich


No, I'm not swearing.
Tomorrow is Easter.

Everything is ready for the family's feast.
Yeah, sure… you just got a phone call.
Would it be alright if a few more people joined your festivities?
You don't want to trash all the goodness you've developed over Lent.
I mean, you could drop dead right now and go straight up.
Sure, what's a few extra mouths… I mean… welcome guests.
The more the merrier, blah, blah, blah.

The main course usually gives you enough leftovers for a week.
No problem there.
But the dessert…

I've got just the thing.
A little over three years ago I did a post about The Great Cheesecake Battle.
Oh, yeah... I learned a lot after that beginner's post.

I mentioned that I make a quickie sweetened condensed milk cheesecake.
It doesn't need baking, just a couple of hours in the refrigerator.
Perfect for when it's hot.
Or for when you're getting hot under the collar.


About the crust:
You can use 2/3 of the mixture as a bottom crust and sprinkle the remaining crumbs on top as a garnish.
Or you can use all the crumbs as a bottom crust and top with a tin of pie filling.
Cherry usually is a favourite.
Or you can buy a prepared graham wafer crumb crust and top with the pie filling.


                        Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecake 

Combine in a medium bowl
2 Cups graham wafer crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
Press 2/3 of the mixture into a 10 inch pan (see above).

Combine in a large mixer bowl
1 (8 oz / 250 g) package of cream cheese, cut up
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/3 Cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat at medium speed until it is smooth.
Pour filling over the crumb crust and top with remaining crumbs (see above).
Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Top with pie filling (see above).


If you don't have cream cheese or pie filling but do have fruit cocktail, here's plan C.

                        Sweetened Condensed Milk Pie with Fruit Cocktail 

Combine in a medium bowl
2 Cups graham wafer crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
Press 2/3 of the mixture into a 10 inch pan (see above).

Combine in a large mixer bowl
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/3 Cup lemon juice
Beat at medium speed until it is smooth.

Fold in
1 can fruit cocktail, drained
3 bananas, sliced
Pour filling over the crumb crust and top with remaining crumbs (see above).
Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Top with crumbs (see above).


Don't have Sweetened Condensed Milk?
Have some bored kids?
Perfect.  Let them make this.
They'll really brag about the cheesecake.
And it'll look as if you, The Perfect Mom, had planned this all along as a way to involve them in the Easter festivities.
Take your bows wherever you can.


Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk - using Powdered Skim Milk

Mix in a blender
1 Cup dry milk powder
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
2/3 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup boiling water
Blend and use.


Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk - using Whole Milk

Mix in a heavy bottomed saucepan over a medium heat
1 1/2 Cup whole milk
1/2 Cup sugar
Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Once the sugar is dissolved lower the heat to very low.
Reduce the milk by half.
It will take about 1 - 2 hours.

Whisk in
3 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cool the mixture in the fridge for several hours until thick.

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