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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Learn to create creamy, decadent cheesecakes with Craftsy!

Learn to create creamy, decadent cheesecakes with Craftsy!

Cheesecakes are one of those all-around crowd pleasing desserts. This classic cake can be light and fluffy, or dense and rich - it's your choice for the occasion. If you're a cheesecake fan, or you want to learn more about creating your best cheesecake ever, I recommend trying Zoe Francois' Craftsy class, Show-Stopping Cheesecakes. This month, take advantage of Craftsy's special offer to LocalHarvest subscribers. Show-Stopping Cheesecakes is available to you for $24.99!

With this class you'll learn about crusts, fillings, decorative layering techniques, and much more. I think you'll especially enjoy Zoe Francois' teaching style. Her upbeat, clear instruction will inspire you to stretch your baking imagination to new levels. Zoe offers lots of tips on how to get your crust perfected, plus creative ideas for using spices to make your own unique flavoring. My go-to crust is the pot sucre, a shortbread like base made from brown sugar, butter, flour, and Zoe's addition of chocolate. Delicious!

You'll delight in the variety of filling options and learn that it's not just the ingredients, but how you put it all together. Zoe presents techniques for layering, striping, swirling and adding fruits, taking your cheesecakes to a new level of delicious. Think classic vanilla custard base with variations like irresistable blackberry bourbon, chocolatey Nutella and coffee, and rich caramel. I'm a bit of a purist, so I love the chevre-honey cheesecake, simply made with tangy chevre and cream cheese with a dash of honey and vanilla.

Last but not least, you'll finish your cakes with your choice of classic sour cream topping, decadent poured chocolate ganache, colorful fruit sauces or decorative piped cream cheese icing. With so many options, you'll be creating and sharing your cheesecakes for many occasions to come.

As always, with the purchase of your Craftsy class you'll have lifetime access to stellar video instruction, class materials like downloadable recipes, and an engaging class community where fellow bakers post their questions and photos of class projects. Enjoy Show-Stopping Cheesecakes for the special price of $24.99. You'll be glad you signed up!

Happy Baking,

Kerry Glendening
Community Coordinator
LocalHarvest