• Classic Cheesecake with Double Crust {Appreciation Post}

    filed under: Cheesecakes on September 12, 2013

    This post is all about (and for) my dear husband, Chad.  I really wanted to take a moment to let him know how much I appreciate him; his patience, his willingness, his kindness, and his knack for jumping in and doing the dishes just when I need it most.

    A few other bloggers are also honoring their significant other and I hope you will take a moment and stop by their blogs…  I love seeing pictures of my favorite bloggers hubbies!

    Double the Crust Cheesecake

    Chad took a few minutes to answer some questions I had for him.  These are me asking him, so when I say “my” I am referring to me.  And as you will be able to tell, my sweet husband is a man of few words. 🙂

    What is my favorite blog? I have no idea.  i am baker?

    What is my favorite prop? Cake stands.

    What is the weirdest thing you have seen me do for a blog post? One time you made 50 cakes in 30 days.

    If you had a blog what would it be called? Gardener Hunter Dad

    What do you do for a living and what are you hobbies? I am a Project Manager for a construction company.  My hobbies are hunting, gardening, fishing rod building, and hanging out with my kids.

    Bonus Question:

    Who does the dishes?  We both do.

    Note from Amanda:  No, my blog is not my favorite blog.  He is right, I love cake stands.  I did 50 cakes in 30 days for my book!  It was an insane time!  Chad is an amazing gardener , fisherman and hunter. Our home displays many of his mounts. (2 Elk, Bear and a Buffalo)  He works a lot, and is really good at what he does!  He even manages to sell custom fishing rods on the side.  But best of all, he is always willing to help with the dishes!

    Hubby and Kids


    I chose this picture of Chad because I think it represents him well.  He is outside and spending time with his kids!

    And now on to the fun part… dessert!

    This Cheesecake is ALL about the crust!

    One of Chads favorite desserts is Cheesecake.  Not just any old cheesecake, but cheesecake with a BIG EXTRA THICK crust.  The more crust the better.

    Just look at the cheesecake to crust ratio!

    Classic Cheesecake with Double Crust


        Graham Cracker Crust

        • 2 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
        • 2/3 c butter, melted
        • 1/2 c sugar


        • 2 pkg (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
        • 2 eggs lightly beaten
        • 1/3 c sugar
        • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
        • Pinch of salt



        1. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Pat evenly onto the bottom and all the way up the sides of a 8-in. springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.

        For Filling

        1. Beat cream cheese and eggs in a stand mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and salt. Continue beating until well blended, approximately 1 minute. Carefully pour into crust.
        2. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Chill until ready to serve.

        So while I am sharing this recipe with you, I want you to know that you are welcome to halve the crust ingredients to achieve a more, um, normal cheesecake.

        I have a fun little surprise that I want to share with you!  While preparing the springform pan for the crust I spread a fairly thick layer of cold butter over the bottom, and it ended up just slightly caramelizing the very bottom of the crust.  The added texture and sweetness was amazing!  If you are making this for your family and dont mind using them as guinea pigs, I hope you will give it a try! 😉

        Please stop by these other blogs and meet the men behind the blogger.  You get to see a picture and find out what these bloggers hubbies like to eat best!

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        Classic Cheesecake with Extra Thick Crust

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        What a sweet guy. 🙂 Love the picture of him with the kids!

        And wow, a guy who was able to answer all the questions. Woohoo! You have a keeper. 😉

        Thank you again for putting this together!

        You have a gorgeous family! That photo of your husband the kids …wow, what a blessing!! And he gardens?! SCORE!

        Yeah, my husband would love this cheesecake, too. So would I, actually!

        Lovely post, Amanda! Cheesecake has got to be one of my ULTIMATE favorite desserts – yours looks scrumptious!! And 50 cakes in 30 days??? Just imagining that wore me out!! 😉

        Hi there Amanda,
        I’m a little late on the bandwagon but I’ve been reading all of these wonderful appreciation posts and I’d love to do one for my own hubby (particularly as our anniversary is coming up). Just wanted to make sure I ran it past you as I’d like to link it in to your original post. That ok? Love this idea… the cheesecake looks gorgeous too! Thanks xx

        I believe you posted this earlier this year b/c made it for my hubby and it was great – the double crust was just – so crusty!!!! Really good……I can’t believe you have that many ‘little’ kids and bake that much – awesome!!!!! Adorable picture!!!

        Most cheesecake recipes call for 4 packages of cream cheese. I’m a bit nervous to only us 2 packages. Can I use 3 packages of creamcheese at least or will it ruin it?? Also if I use a little bit of almond extract will it ruin the taste? I really appreciate your feedback. Thank you !

        Do you cover the cheesecake for baking?

        Thanks for the awesome recipes

        Don't Pass on Dessert!