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Apple Crisp Cheesecake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Thanks to Vicki and Hilda who commented on the Apple Crisp Cheesecake post with helpful questions and answers.  Hilda of Kitchen Conservatory asked about making this gluten free and before I could think about it, the answer was supplied by Vicki Bensinger who has her own blog www.vickibensinger.co .  Kitchen Conservatory also has the cheesecake pans I always talk about.

Whole Foods has gluten free graham crackers.  Vicki has used them in other cheesecakes and says you can’t tell the difference.

She also reminded me about leaving the cheesecakes in the oven to cool which helps prevent cracking.   We did this with most of our more delicate cheesecakes at the bakery and I do this for the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake at Tony’s, www.tonysstlouis.com.  My recipes take the cooling time into account but if yours doesn’t, simply crack the door open (a wooden spoon stuck in the door does a great job) and leave the cheesecake in until the oven is cool.

Metric Calculators

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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i have just listed two metric calculators that are easy to use should  you need one.  Links are posted on the Baking Information page.

White Lilly Flour in St. Louis

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Hilda Willman, one of my favorite people let me know that White Lilly Flour is available in St.Louis at Straub’s.  In her words, ” it does, indeed, make the most amazingly wonderful biscuits. Worth buying a bag just to make a batch of biscuits.”

Puff Pastry

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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If you live in or around St. Louis, there are a couple of places to get puff pastry made with all butter.  Kitchen Conservatory (http://www.kitchenconservatory.com) at 8021 Clayton Road or Trader Joe’s (http://www.traderjoes.com) with 4 locations around the area.  Grocery Store puff pastry is made with a special shortening that causes the pastry to rise really high but tastes nothing like the original butter version.  I find it coats my mouth and leaves an unpleasant coating after I eat it.  So, if I’m not making my own, I head out to one of these stores.