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Sopapilla Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake  from the blog: Chocolate Therapy

I pinned this because the picture looked so beautiful and it was different from anything I’ve ever made before. For dessert I usually go for anything chocolate, but not usually pastries or anything cream cheese. I thought it would be a fun alternative. I made this for my dad for his birthday! So I was able to get opinions on the dessert from my parents and my husband.

{Ingredients}

2 cans pillsbury butter crescent rolls (seamless if you can find them)…I couldn’t find them.

2 8oz pkgs of cream cheese (softened)

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cupt butter (melted)

cinnamon and sugar (about 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbs cinnamon)

{Instructions}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you are using a glass pan, adjust the temperature to 325 degrees. Unroll and spread one can of crescent rolls on bottom of ungreased 9×13 inch pan.  If you aren’t using the seamless crescents, be sure to smooth out the seams before adding the filling. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture, being sure to press together any seams. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Sopapilla Cheesecake

First layer with cream cheese on top

{What really happened}

I used a glass dish so I put the oven on 325.

I had a hard time mixing the cheese & sugar with a wooden spoon and bowl. I decided to put it in my kitchen-aid mixer. It blended so much better that way. Everything else went as planned.

At 25 minutes I pulled it out of the oven and the pastry still wasn’t baked. At 30 minutes it was still not crisp enough. I put it in for 2 min. more and then finally took it out of the oven to sit.

The whole pastry looked squishy and  the cinnamon and sugar on top looked wet and melted. In Chocolate Therapy’s blog it looked dry and fresh. I let it sit for a bit more. But I had promised these people dessert, man…it was that time…I couldn’t wait any more! So I went back and put candles in it (for the birthday boy…disaster!!) The candles ended up melting down into the pastry.

We ate it while picking out the colorful wax.  It was really delicious! I would give it a 4 out of 5 because it’s not my favorite style of dessert and it didn’t look like the picture…crispy with a dry dusting of cinnamon and sugar on top.

Before it went in the oven

Before it went in the oven

{My families opinion}

Husband: 3 stars. It would be better if it were crisp. It was too sweet.

Dad: 5 stars. Blending of ingredients was good.

Mom: 5 stars. Serve in small portions, very rich. Can serve at any party. It’s different. Could eat this for breakfast.

Honestly, I was so excited about putting candles in it...I forgot to take a picture of it straight out of the oven. This is after its been cut. You can see how squishy it is.

Honestly, I was so excited about putting candles in it…I forgot to take a picture of it straight out of the oven. This is after its been cut. You can see how squishy it is.

{The redeeming factor}

I put this dish in the fridge and the next night it was perfect! It cut and laid in perfect rectangles. I served it cold. It was crisper and yummier!

My advice is to make it just like the directions say but let it sit in the fridge and get cold. It was a whole lot better this way.

Sarah from “Chocolate Therapy” never mentioned putting the dessert in the fridge. I re-read her post several times to see if I missed it somewhere and I didn’t…she never mentions it. But I did notice she said her recipe was from a blog called “Yellow Umbrella.” I clicked on it and got sucked into a worm hole of Sopapilla Cheesecake recipes.

Yellow Umbrella posted a blog with the recipe on it from “Real Mom Kitchen.” I did see that Alina from “My Yellow Umbrella” posted an update to this recipe with some answers to questions. One of those does mention to cool and refrigerate the treat. So thank you, Alina. I feel vindicated now.

Happy baking!

Here is one of the slices. You can see the edge is crispy but the middle is squishy.

Here is one of the slices. You can see the edge is crispy but the middle is squishy.

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