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Or, how I learned the easiest way to please a room full of women :-p

In my first year of parenting in 1 Player mode, I spent a lot of time learning how to cook (see my “1 Player Chef” post). At the start of 2014, I decided that my next culinary challenge was learning how to bake. Unfortunately, this challenge had a few flaws:

  1. As my metabolism is not what it used to be in my younger years, I try not too eat too much baking/sweet things (chocolate being the exception), and with most recipes being for a batch of muffins or a whole cake, I didn’t want to have that sort of temptation around me.
  2. Due to my drive for efficiency, I didn’t see the wisdom in spending an hour or two baking something which wasn’t going to contribute to my daily meals.
  3. My oven is a temperamental device at the best of times, so I was reluctant to try and bake anything in it and risk a kitchen disaster.

So my quest to learn how to bake seemed doomed from the beginning, until I happened across a post on Imgur.com containing recipes for an assortment of decadent cheesecakes.

I absolutely love homemade cheesecakes – my mum didn’t make them that often (she was more of the cake/muffin/biscuit persuasion), but when she did, I loved the creamy awesomeness combined with the crunchy biscuity base that was made from gingernuts, superwines, digestives or some other classic biscuit.

I scanned the recipes in the Imgur post and came across one for a Peanut Butter Cheesecake that required no baking. This was exactly what I needed: a recipe for “baking” that required no baking!

I gave the recipe a whirl, and it couldn’t have been simpler. It took about 25 minutes to make, only involved a handful of ingredients, and was dead easy – and dangerously delicious. Seriously, combining chocolate, cheesecake and peanut butter is so good, that even the most hardcore Paleo warriors would have trouble resisting such an indulgence.

So after it passed my daughter’s taste test with flying colours, I had to get the rest of the cheesecake out of the house before I faceplanted onto it to cram it in every hole in my face. I took the rest to work, where the predominantly female office team were treated to a special cheesecake afternoon tea.

Now, I don’t mean to brag about my cheesecake-making prowess, but the collective sounds of delight that came from the kitchen that day were definitely NSFW. Needless to say, the unanimous opinion of the peanut butter cheesecake was that it was pretty damn good. And so I pass this on to you, in the hope that you will use this recipe only for the forces of good, because as Spiderman’s uncle famously said, with great power comes great responsibility.

RECIPE: Peanut Butter Cheesecake
  • 250-ish grams of Oreos – about two packets (depending on the size)
  • 100 grams of butter (to melt)
  • 300ml cream (or heavy cream)
  • 1.5 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter (any peanut butter will do, but I try to spend a few extra bucks to get some of the good quality stuff)
  • 250gm cream cheese, room temperature (or use easy-spread version)
  • Roasted peanuts (optional) and a chocolate bar (not optional) to garnish
  1. Turn the Oreos into rough crumbs by using a blender (I use a stick blender with a container-like attachment), or you can put them in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin/other suitable kitchen implement/your forehead.
    Oreos. In a blender.

    The Oreos might need a bit of a pre-bash to get them going in the blender.

  2. Mix the Oreo crumbs with the melted butter in a bowl to create a sticky biscuit mixture, then press the mixture into the base of a greased 22cm springform pan.