I’m A Pilot. My Music Listening Days Are Over. Zero Calorie Layered Turtle Cheesecake And Other Lies.

Lying is such a funny thing. Well, not funny HaHa, but not something I think any of us wants to do.

What is true about these next two videos…they cannot be embedded. I tried, but no dice. They are funny enough to go over to watch on Youtube when you have the time, though. Really.

Here’s Elaine admitting to some faking.

This clip is from a movie set in a world where no one has ever lied. Can you imagine? Ha.

Aside from the big Santa/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy charade that I have been involved in over the past 14 years and the “white” lies necessary to be an acceptable person, I make it a point never to lie. (Let it be said that I am the WORST tooth fairy on the planet. Damn, I messed that one up over the years.)

So, now I am not going to lie when I tell you that this is one of the most amazing cheesecakes I have tried in a long time.

Oh, and sadly, it does have a calorie or two. You know…a few.

But, honestly, who cares?

A thick brown sugar-pecan crust with a thin layer of chocolate cheesecake spread over that is dolloped with scoops of caramel coated pecans. This covered with sublime vanilla cheesecake, finally cloaked with chocolate ganache and sprinkled with more pecans and caramel.

Just one note of caution…I found that the cheesecake took the full 1 1/2 hours to cook and it was still wobblier than I was used to. It was definitely too jiggly to remove the springform as the recipe said to do. I refrigerated the cheesecake inside the springform pan overnight and all had set up perfectly in the morning. The cheesecake was smooth and lovely, albeit cracked on top. But, that was not an issue as it was covered up with the delicious ganache.

Layered Turtle Cheesecake

Crust ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
6 tablespoons cold butter, chopped

Filling ingredients:

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon flour, divided
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Ganache ingredients:

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Optional (definite!) garnish: pecan halves and additional caramel ice cream topping


1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.

2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and pecans; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth. Beat in 1/4 cup flour, cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.

4. Remove 1 cup batter to a small bowl; stir in melted chocolate until blended. Spread over crust.

5. Combine caramel topping and remaining flour; stir in pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls over chocolate batter. Top with remaining batter. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.

6. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

7. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight in the springform pan. Release the next day before topping with the ganache.

8. For ganache: place chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chips; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally.

9. Spread ganache over cheesecake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Refrigerate until set. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with pecan halves and additional caramel topping if desired.

Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe from Taste Of Home Magazine

Quite possibly one of the most beautiful song about lies.
Glen Hansard-Lies

See, even Joe lies.
Joe Lies

Fanfarlo are probably telling the truth. Who cares? It’s an amazingly good song. No lie here.
Fanfarlo-I'm A Pilot

Check out Fanfarlo on their Website and buy the band’s music there.

More about Glen Hansard (and Markéta Irglová) can be found here. You can buy the music here.


About I Sing In The Kitchen

Music obsessed cooking freak whipping up fab food one song at at time.
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1 Response to I’m A Pilot. My Music Listening Days Are Over. Zero Calorie Layered Turtle Cheesecake And Other Lies.

  1. marcy says:

    my favorite fanfarlo song! btw, have you ever heard the joke about the third big lie? i’m not sure it’s appropriate for your blog . . . i’ll send it to you. :)

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