Monday, June 24, 2013

Dessert Surveillance


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This illustration is based on a true story.  It happens every day.  And sometimes the food hits the fan.  I not only feel like someone is watching me when I eat my dessert, I experience it in 3-D.  And I'm lucky if I don't get a pie in my face.  I've been trained to swing my plate left and then right.  Then right and over to the left to avoid those desperate paws.  Meanwhile, she visually stings me with her evil eyes.  And when I finally savor the last bite and set the plate down, Hana feverishly licks up every crumb.  Every micro smear.  Surveillance is the theme over at www.illustrationfriday.com 

Here is Hana's favorite no-bake Oreo cheesecake dessert. I posted this last summer, and it has never been a better time to make this treat.  It is berry season again.  Use any berry you like...



This is a mini version of my somewhat famous dessert.  Only a few people have tried it.  But they all said it is the best pie they've ever eaten!  I usually use a whole carton of Oreos when I make this the first time.  And make 3-4 small crusts.  But here is the recipe for just one regular size...

18 Oreo cookies (filling removed)
6 tbsp melted butter

Pulse or blend the Oreos until they are crumbs.  Mix in the melted butter.  Now lightly press the crumbs into 9 inch pie plate.  Bake 10 minutes at 350.

Now cream...

8 oz room temperature cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

Spread the mixture into the cooled crust.  Now pile on the fresh raspberries.  I don't wash the raspberries from my garden.  And remember if you do rinse them, they will absorb water and get mushy.  Just saying.

Now on the stove add the following to a pan.

3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
dash salt
1 cup water

Bring to a boil and stir until thickened.  Remove from the heat and add a spoonful of butter, 1/4 tsp almond extract and a few drops red food coloring.  Pour the cooled glaze over your raspberries and refrigerate until set.  It tastes like Summer.  With chocolate on the side.


18 comments:

DJan said...

Gaaaaah! That looks incredibly sinful. When I read the ingredients, I KNOW it's sinful. Can you please stop by with one of these, Sharon? Thanks! I knew I could count on you. :-) :-)

adinparadise said...

This looks absolutely delicious. I love raspberry desserts. :)

Katz Tales said...

*drooling*

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I would love a bite!
love
tweedles

Pat Tillett said...

Oh my! This sounds and looks so darn good!

josh pincus is crying said...

you had me at "cheesecake".

Mary said...

Aw, Hana you smart girl! You know what you like, and this dessert sounds super yummy! :). My Otis does the same thing if my plate contains deli meat or any kind of cheese! :D

k.h.whitaker said...

yum, oreo's, berries, cream cheese, geeezzzz.... I don't blame her for stalking your desert ;)

Linda Hensley said...

MMMMMmmmmmmm!!! So far I only have one raspberry in the garden, but I see a pie in my near future. Thanks for the recipe. I love your cheesecake illo with Tom & Jerry in the background :)

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Having a couple of like-minded critters of my own, I'm afraid, if I made this confection, I wouldn't stand a chance. Cute illo!

Cindy D. said...

Terrific illustration with the kitty face peeking over, and you've made the drawing look delicious! (Our dog does the same, but is quite patient while staring at me woefully as he waits for the plate to lick.)

The pie, geez! I only have one thing to add, and that is I recently saw a recipe to make ice cubes out of oreo cookies and coffee, to put in your coffee. You know, in case you didn't have enough sugar there! :)

poppylocke said...

Fantastic illustration! The dessert really does look delicious, and Tom & Jerry is on in the background - yay! :D
We have been making a few berry recipes at home recently - yours looks and sounds like it could be the jewel in the berry-crown!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Lol how can you resist that face?!

Linda said...

Hi Sharon, great post, it looks and sounds amazing!

Mary Walker said...

As if to say, "Why are YOU eating MY food." Love this!

Lynn said...

YUM, I wonder what a good sub for Oreos would be, we don't get them here where I live, and this is our kind of dessert. I wouldn't want Hana talking to our 4, none of them like 'human' food, other than raw meat and I don't share dessert with anyone, naughty. Now over to the illustration ;-)

Pat Tillett said...

Your illustration and the real thing both look delicious.

highjumper said...

What a wonderful depiction of a cat's ability to get what it wants! Great composition too! Who can blame the little guy for giving you the big-eye? Mine does that too! Thank you also, for including the recipe. I will have to give it a try!