Cinnamon and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Apple Pie with a Cheddar Cheese Crust

You know it’s going to be good when you and Dr B have to sit down and map out the plan for your dad’s birthday dessert. As a born and raised Canadian boy he loves his fruit pies. He and his siblings are big believers in the saying “An apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.” As a child I could never understand the appeal but over the years I have become a little more adventurous with my food combinations so was willing to give it a chance. The sweet and savoury combination is always a good idea.

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Vanilla Pound Cake with Poached Boysenberries

Hi all! This is my first post on PhD Baker and I wish it came under better circumstances. Unfortunately poor Emma has taken ill so I thought I should step up and do some baking. Before I get too far ahead of myself, I should take a step back and explain who exactly is this Dr B.

Dr B. is, I am, Emma’s husband. I, like Emma, was brought up from a relatively early age doing a bit of baking here and a bit there with my dear Mother – mostly cookies and slices, she taught me well. Later in life as a Chemist I figured that if there was a recipe I could follow it – surely if I can work accurately on milligram scales with air and moisture sensitive reagents I can follow a recipe and bake something. With this attitude in mind there are not many recipes I would back down from. I do understand that there are people out there who cannot bake. Given a recipe they cannot produce the results they desire. Why is this? They have the recipe to follow, what is the problem? I’ve had a think about it and I’ll explain after the jump.

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