Whenever I was faced with the choice of hiding under the duvet in a suicidal spin or cooking something scrumptious in the kitchen, cooking always won. The kitchen became my sanctuary, the place I escaped to lick my wounds. It was also the place that helped me rebuild my self-esteem where each ingredient reminded me how valuable I was.
Nurturing our souls is as important as nurturing our stomachs.
PECAN PRALINE CHEESE CAKE
This recipe is from the chapter Tabasco and Tea in my book, Hot Cuisine http://amzn.to/1oqOtCA
3 pkts graham crackers
1 cup butter melted
Crush the biscuits in a food processor and mix with the melted butter.
Place in a twelve-inch spring form tin and place in freezer while mixing
4 x 8-oz cream cheese pkts
3 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
2 tbls flour
1 cup chopped pecan nuts
½ cup brown sugar
3 tbls butter
8oz thick cream
1 cup sugar
1 cup pecan nuts
Heat sugar in a saucepan until it caramelizes without stirring.
Tilt pan occasionally to dissolve all the sugar. Place pecan nuts
onto a greased baking sheet. Pour the caramelized sugar over
the pecan nuts and allow to set. Break into pieces and process
in food processor. Pecan praline may be kept in an airtight container
in the freezer. It’s delicious sprinkled over ice cream.
CARAMELIZED SUGAR STICKS
Caramelize 1 cup sugar together with ½ cup water. Allow to
cool slightly and drizzle onto foil forming odd shaped sticks.
Allow to harden, and peel away foil. Use to garnish deserts as
well as cakes.
Preheat oven to 350F. Beat together cream cheese with sugar
in mix master. Add eggs and beat again. Add the rest of ingredients,
mix well, and lastly fold in the nuts. Pour filling onto biscuit
base and bake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off, leave door ajar, and
allow to sit for a further 45 minutes. Heat ingredients for topping
and gently pour over cake. Allow to cool and place in fridge
overnight. When ready to serve, scatter pecan praline over, pipe
with cream, and decorate with whole pecan nuts. Place a few
of the caramelized sugar sticks in the cake between the other