About 1 1/2 months ago, I mentioned on Facebook that I was creating a cheesecake recipe to enter into Philly Canada’s Cheesecake of the Year contest. I asked you to vote on your favourite photo to help me decide which picture to submit with my recipe. And let me tell you, you guys are good! Out of 93 entries, the folks at Kraft Kitchens chose 5 cheesecakes to participate in a cheesecake bake-off in Toronto, Ontario. I am thrilled to tell you that my cheesecake, a gluten free Maple Butter Tart Cheesecake, was chosen as one of the 5 finalists!
Next week I’m off to Toronto to prepare my cheesecake at the Kraft Kitchens. Normally I’m a very low-key, low-maintenance, content-to-stay-at-home-in-my-PJ-pants kinda gal. But this upcoming trip has my mind filled with thoughts like:
What should I wear?
Do these shoes go with those capris?
Should I colour my hair before I go? It’s been a while, and there’s a lot of white on the sides again.
I should get some Spanx. What am I thinking?!? That’s insane! That would be torturous! Note to self: get on the elliptical more so that the next time you have to go meet a bunch of strangers, Spanx won’t cross your mind.
Oh, and – Cheesecake.
Cheesecake has been on my mind a lot the last few weeks. Mentally, I’ve prepared my cake dozens of times. In reality, four practice runs have occurred. That’s about 40 slices of cheesecake. Hence the thought of Spanx. I kid (sort of). And each and every time I make this cheesecake my kids tell me how great the cheesecake is – my family is my biggest fan. If it weren’t for them, I would be filled with self-doubt by now.
Did I create the Cheesecake of the Year?
According to my family – Yes! According to Philly Canada? In a week we’ll know the answer to that.
Before I head to Toronto, I’d love to hear your tips & tricks to bake the perfect cheesecake. All advice is welcome! Please? I’d love to have an arsenal of great cheesecake tips to help me through this crazy little journey. Let’s win this – or at least have a great time trying!