Thursday, May 27, 2010

Peach Schnapps - in dessert?

On Tuesday, May 25, after a phone call from my husband from work that he needed a cheesecake for a fundraiser barbecue the next day, I went looking for a simple substitute and found one at Peach Schnapps Squares (click here to see the recipe at the Food Network website) from Anna Olson's TV show, Sugar.
   I picked it because it would have the look and feel of cheesecake, as it had a crust and cream cheese topping, but wouldn't require too much work or overwhelming techniques.
   The result was a delicious square that would be a wonderful afternoon snack with a cup of tea, or this time of year, a cool drink. Later this summer, when peaches are in season, I'm going to make the warm peaches option of this recipe, where sliced peaches are warmed with butter and sugar and served over pieces of the squares.
   The crust was made by blending flour, light brown sugar, salt and unsalted butter in a food processor until crumbly, then pressing the dough into a 9 x 13 inch pan and baking it.
   Over the still-hot crust, peach jam combined with Peach Schnapps is spread.
   Over this is poured a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, Peach Schapps, and eggs.
   This is baked, then cooled completely before slicing.

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