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The Cheesecake Podcast 2009

Posted on 25th Dec 2009 at 09:11 by Podcast with 32 comments

Podcast
Here it is; the second official bit-tech.net and Custom PC cheesecake podcast, which sees Clive, Alex, Harry, Richard and Joe sitting down to munch their way through six entire cheesecakes. At the end they try to give a verdict on which one is best - with the operative word being 'try'.

There's a transcript up on the front page for those of you who prefer the retro format like our previous cheesecake supertest, but the podcast contains a fair bit of extra content for those of you who want to go with a full-fat option.

The transcript and the podcast do differ a bit admittedly - there was an aborted five minute introduction that we cut from the audio but left in the transcript, along with a few other things, so don't count on them being identical. The audio isn't as clear as normal either - it's hard to stay focused when you're buoyed up on enough sugar to kill an elephant!

The Cheesecake Podcast 2009 *The Cheesecake Podcast

We'd like to take this chance to say thank you to all our readers over the past year too - especially all of those in our very vibrant and verbose forums! It's you guys who help keep us in jobs (and cheesecake) and we very much appreciate your continued support.

Ok. Enough with the sappy, on with the sugar! Have a fun holiday and let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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M7ck 25th December 2009, 10:13 Quote
Cheescake :D
Star*Dagger 25th December 2009, 10:28 Quote
I love cheesecake, a slice, or even two, before a session of Shattered Horizon, to give me energy to kill people in full 3d with 6 degrees of freedom!

*An Official Top 10 Game of 2009 in Bit-Tech*

LOL,
Star¤Dagger
samkiller42 25th December 2009, 10:32 Quote
So i'm guessing one of the Waitrose Cheesecakes was the one you guys prefered, hum, Interesting. We often have the Waitrose new York Cheesecake in our dinning room with our lunch, but the one i think i prefer is actually from Iceland, and £2, and is much much larger than most you get from other stores.

Sam
Toka 25th December 2009, 10:44 Quote
Quote:
Alex: I think it’s because it’s actually quite hard to make a good cheesecake.

Not Really :) You just have to do it yourself!
Quote:
*top*
400 - 450g cream cheese
4 big eggs
300g white chocolate**
225g creme fresh
*bottom*
150g digestive biscuits
20g toasted flaked almonds
60g unsalted butter***
*tools*
oven
springform cake tin
*showing off*
vanilla pod or nice vanilla white chocolate with vanilla seeds in or vanilla extract, add to top mix

oven to 150 C

really easy. Leave the cheese out of the fridge for a bit to warm up.

Bottom
Turn biscuits into crumbs, add almonds and melted butter
Line base of tin then add biscuit mix and press down

Top
melt chocolate over pan of boiling water**
beat cheese with electric whisk
add eggs, beat some more, add sour creme beat some more (must be absolutely lump free)
add melted chocolate then stir to mix completely
pour into tin
put into oven for ca 45 mins. middle of cake should be just firm, cake will have risen a bit****

**melting chocolate is easy. melting white chocolate is a pain in the ass - I find that even with awesome chocolate I need more heat and have to stir before pouring into the mix to remove lumps of part melted choc. Expect this bit to take longer than expected.

***you can ruin the cake (make it taste crap) by adding too much butter to the base. Its just there to help bind the mix into a compact base.

**** the cake top will discolor a bit as it cooks - you can fix this with some foil over the top. It will also crack as it rises + then cools. Its possible to fix this by cooking at a lower temp + shorter time and then turning the oven off and leaving the cake in the oven to cool. If you are lucky. Or you can just make a topping for the cake!

Next Year, Choc Brownies :)
Combatus 25th December 2009, 10:50 Quote
The M&S Sicilian Lemon and Ricotta Cheesecake seems to have had a strange effect on Clive and Harry. Clive looks like he's about to murder someone and Harry has a very rare look of confusion!
mjm25 25th December 2009, 10:59 Quote
i am waiting for someone to genuinely try and type "cheesecake f t w", you can't argue with cheesecake cheesecake!
oasked 25th December 2009, 11:05 Quote
airchie 25th December 2009, 13:23 Quote
Cheesecake is good, tiramisu is the shizz. :)
javaman 25th December 2009, 13:32 Quote
Do banoffee next year =D first person to eat a whole one on his/her own wins a prize lol
bigsharn 25th December 2009, 14:11 Quote
Well if you want someone who has no idea what they're on about, but does a publishing course and likes cheesecake, I should be avaliable next Christmas :p

In all seriousness though, I think we need another energy drink roundup :)
Ross1 25th December 2009, 14:29 Quote
I highly recommend making the one here:

http://www.philadelphia.co.uk/philadelphia3/page?locale=uken1&PagecRef=609&currpage=2&rid=12&siteid=philadelphia3-prd

its really hard to go wrong with it, and it tastes amazing.
rickysio 25th December 2009, 15:07 Quote
Well, turkey supertest?

:DD
dec 25th December 2009, 16:33 Quote
i vote brownies next year
B3CK 25th December 2009, 17:57 Quote
Next year, the profound effects of energy drink and cheesecake at the same time! Only the B-T staffers could possibly survive such a review.
lewchenko 25th December 2009, 17:58 Quote
My fav cheesecakes are from Prezzo.

They even do a hybrid model ! .. cross between a banoffee pie and a cheesecake.. to die for .. or kill for :-)
the honeycomb cheesecake aint too bad either.

Both seem to be better than any shop bought ones I can find !
JAMF 25th December 2009, 19:44 Quote
And FYI: "ü" sounds like the middle sound of "eeew!" if you stretch it long enough. :) Eeeeeüüüüüüwwwwwww!!!!! :D
docodine 25th December 2009, 20:35 Quote
The fruity tart one looked good tbh, but it's probably just me.. I haven't eaten anything remotely solid for five ish days, oral surgery around Christmas is the worst.

Cheesecake is probably edible though, but only through a straw.

Seems like this year was worse than last year for ftw, too bad :-(
Pieface 25th December 2009, 22:38 Quote
How about next year you get members of the forum to send in cheesecakes for you to test with a prize at the end?

I mean we all know Cheesecake FTW
rickysio 26th December 2009, 03:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pieface
How about next year you get members of the forum to send in cheesecakes for you to test with a prize at the end?

I mean we all know Cheesecake FTW

THE CAKE IS A LIE!
FreQ 26th December 2009, 04:04 Quote
I enjoyed reading this (and last years one too) but I don't like cheesecake, so it's all a moot point for me. Do something that everyone likes; ice cream or proper cakes!
mattbailey 26th December 2009, 04:04 Quote
Being bored, working Christmasday nights, I have accepted your challange on page 2!

It appears that there is a EC directive 89/397/EEC which creates annual inspections of foodstuffs and the categorisation on foodstuffs for analysis for statistical reasons, and from this Cheesecake is categorised merely EU Category 13 - Ices and Desserts, but alas, there is no definition given - however Tarts, pies and crumbles are in EU Category 7 (Cereals and Bakery Products), so one doubts if the Gu is really a cheesecake as was suggested, but then again it could chocolate Moussse and thus back in category 13!

The Cheese and Cream Regulations 1995 were of no use either, this I have turned to the dictionary definition being an English noun....

Main Entry: cheese·cake
Pronunciation: \-ˌkāk\
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1 : a dessert consisting of a creamy filling usually containing cheese baked in a pastry or pressed-crumb shell
2 : a photographic display of shapely and scantily clothed female figures —often used attributively — compare beefcake

Therefore, maybe next years cheescake supertest can be on the 2nd accepted definition......
rickysio 26th December 2009, 09:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattbailey
Being bored, working Christmasday nights, I have accepted your challange on page 2!

It appears that there is a EC directive 89/397/EEC which creates annual inspections of foodstuffs and the categorisation on foodstuffs for analysis for statistical reasons, and from this Cheesecake is categorised merely EU Category 13 - Ices and Desserts, but alas, there is no definition given - however Tarts, pies and crumbles are in EU Category 7 (Cereals and Bakery Products), so one doubts if the Gu is really a cheesecake as was suggested, but then again it could chocolate Moussse and thus back in category 13!

The Cheese and Cream Regulations 1995 were of no use either, this I have turned to the dictionary definition being an English noun....

Main Entry: cheese·cake
Pronunciation: \-ˌkāk\
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1 : a dessert consisting of a creamy filling usually containing cheese baked in a pastry or pressed-crumb shell
2 : a photographic display of shapely and scantily clothed female figures —often used attributively — compare beefcake

Therefore, maybe next years cheescake supertest can be on the 2nd accepted definition......

I like that idea.
bobwya 26th December 2009, 12:02 Quote
How about a chocolate mega-test (very important for battlefield stamina) or a 3-way ice cream shoot-out with Supermarket wildcards!! (BTW I have found ice cream is always very cheap when the weather is -5C)
soopahfly 27th December 2009, 13:16 Quote
You need to listen to this track when you're doing these cheesecake tests.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ainGwdBlbes
knightyc 27th December 2009, 17:21 Quote
I like ice lands cheese cake the rockyroads one yum yum reminds me should get some before wife eats it all :p
13eightyfour 27th December 2009, 18:08 Quote
You really need to get a cheesecake from the english cheesecake company in to test, Simply amazing i highly recommend the strawberries and queen.
Spaceraver 27th December 2009, 23:03 Quote
Is it bad that I want Tiramisu instead??
Ryu_ookami 27th December 2009, 23:09 Quote
Yes
Spraduke 30th December 2009, 09:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by titanium angel
You really need to get a cheesecake from the english cheesecake company in to test, Simply amazing i highly recommend the strawberries and queen.

My girlfriend bought a chocolate one from them for my bd. Very good indeed!
deanimate 30th December 2009, 14:21 Quote
I'll add tiramisu to the ideas pot. As long as you all like coffee then I believe it would prove a worthy foe for your taste buds. You could even try making one considering how easy they are to make.
Mmmmm, tiramisu :D
Elton 3rd January 2010, 03:28 Quote
Creme Boulette.
mattbailey 3rd January 2010, 11:01 Quote
Still prefer the 2nd definition of cheesecake: Keira Knightly for a start please.....
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