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Cooking With Joy: Dairy Sticky Buns and Orange Scented Cheesecake

Jamie's Dairy Sticky Buns


Last Shavuos I went all out Joy of Kosher style.  I made two types of cinnamon buns and a cheesecake! Shavuos is only 2 day!! What was I thinking?!? After looking at everything that I had baked, I realized it was WAY too much for our family to eat alone and so I decided to have an impromptu Kiddush. Everything tastes better when enjoyed with friends!

Dairy Sticky Buns

Gooey Pecan Sticky Buns p.344

The recipe for the Dairy Sticky Buns calls for pecans, although I left them out since Hubs and the kids wouldn't have eaten them had I put them in. I realize now, after the fact, that the saltiness of the nuts is essential for the recipe, because the pecans are needed to cut the sweetness of the "Sticky Goo". I'll remember to include them next time.

Hubs and I each had one and enjoyed them very much! One was enough to get all the sticky sweet yumminess. Our friends however felt differently. One of the guests ate four all by himself! I guess he liked them.

Orange Scented Cheesecake

Orange Scented Cheesecake p.305
DRESS IT UP Candied Orange Cheesecake

The Orange Scented Cheesecake did not go over as well though. I was really disappointed, because I really LOVE cheesecake. Everyone at the table had the same comments: "great consistency, the crust was to die for, but the cake itself needed more flavor". My friends and I agreed that it needed vanilla and a little more sugar. Like all the recipes that came before it, making the cheesecake was a learning experience and I am still glad I made it.

I can't wait to figure out what I'll be making this Shavuos!!

Note: This blog series, Cooking With Joy, is meant to be a companion to the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller cookbook.  Most of the full recipes are only available in the cookbook.