Classic Cheesecake with Double Crust {Appreciation Post}

filed under: Cheesecakes on September 12, 2013
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  • 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.

    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 Chad’s 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
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    15 mins
    Total Time
    55 mins

    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.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Classic Cheesecake with Double Crust
    Servings: 8 servings
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    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 don’t mind using them as guinea pigs, I hope you will give it a try! 😉


    Classic Cheesecake with Extra Thick Crust

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  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    50 cakes in 30 days sounds crazy and amazing all at the same time! Thank you again for organizing this, I’m loving everyone’s posts. And double crust on a cheesecake sounds kind of awesome.

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    50 cakes in 30 days? That is AWESOME. Love that picture of him with the kiddos – and this cheesecake! Thanks for putting this round-up together, Amanda. SO MUCH FUN.

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Awww…this is SO SWEET, Amanda! I’m so glad that I dedicated a recipe to my hubby and featured photos of our wedding day last June. In fact, the recipe I posted today is one of his favorites. So, I am right there with you in spirit! What would we do without our loves, our best friends, and their undying love and unbridled support to even include washing the dishes? (I’m not allowed to wash them. He insists!) Thanks for sharing, girl! xoxo P.S. Our hubbies share the same career path. 🙂

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    Loved reading this and that cheesecake looks amazing — thanks for being the mastermind behind this great idea! It was so much fun 🙂

  • Erin | The Law Students Wife says:

    Want to call me the next time you bake 50 cakes in 30 days, lol. Your hubs (and fam) seems great. Let’s hang out! Thanks again for organizing this Amanda. It was great to be a part of, and I’m loving reading all these posts!

  • Betsy @JavaCupcake says:

    What an amazing dad and husband you’ve got there Amanda!! <3 A real keeper!!!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood says:

    This was such a great idea! It’s so sweet seeing so many happy married folks. And your Mr knows what’s up when it come to dessert. Crust lovers unite!

  • Terry says:

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse behind the scenes…your adorable family!

  • Sue {munchkin munchies} says:

    Fun post! Love the photo with all the kiddies:) My husband is also a Project Manager with a construction company!

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