What Happens when you freeze cream cheese?

Okay so I freeze my cream cheese. I buy a lot at one time, or when it’s on sale. I know I don’t always need the few extra packages either. So I put my stand up freezer to good use and freeze it.

It got me thinking. I know many people are wary of freezing any item that isn’t something they already see in the freezer sections of their grocery store.

This is from my own experience and no one elses.

Many times when I take my cream cheese out and allow it to thaw, I will notice the crumbly appearance of the cream cheese. It has lost its togetherness (just slightly). Don’t freak out! The reason it does this is because when it freezes its fat content changes,and the “fat” actually beads which is why it looks crumbly.

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See the package on the left does not have smooth texture even from the outside. The crumbly feel is oily to the touch.

There is a solution, it’s not bad, it just needs to be whipped into shape, literally. Sometimes an addition of heat will do the trick as well. I usually also add a bar that hasn’t been in the freezer to it and whip it. Then if the texture doesn’t feel right, warm it up ever so slightly. Whip it (Whip it good, Whip it real good..) . See where you are at. I have never not had it come together. If all else fails go to the store forĀ more.

Where there is a will there is a way. And in cooking and baking there is always a way to “fix things.

 

 

Coffee Cake: For the Coffee Peeps

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Originally from THE OLD FARMERS EVERYDAY COOKBOOK ALMANAC:

I had never seen a recipe where that had you add the baking soda to the sour cream and allowing it to double in size. I thought I ought to try it

Okay and I know what some of you readers might be thinking. Sour cream in cake? Yes it’s true that lovely dollop of cream you add to your tacos or to a baked potato is also a great moisturizer for cake.

The Recipes is pretty Easy:

For the Filling:

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cake:

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup of butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

QUICK FIX: BRING ALL INGREDIENTS TO ROOM TEMPERATURE. IF THE FAT IS TOO COLD OR TOO HOT, IT WONT INCORPORATE ENOUGH AIR INTO THE BATTER FOR RISING.

 

In a separate bowl, mix the “filling” together. Preheat your oven to 350 , the recipe calls for a bread pan I used a bundt pan, greased and floured. Although using a bundt pan there is not a lot of batter to work with so keep that in mind.

In a small bowl stir sour cream and baking soda together, allowing it to increase in size. (5-10 minutes, its very noticeable)

Cream butter and sugar together, add egg, then add the sour cream mixture. Beat in flour and baking powder. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed.

(This is where I should say if you don’t have a mixer, then so many strokes such and such, but I really would have to look that up)

Pour half the batter in the pan, smoothing it out, add filling over the batter, then layer the rest of the batter over it.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, allow to cool for 10 minutes.

I made a simple icing and topped the icing with the remaining filling. It tastes yummy, but you can also leave it alone.

It’s a great little cake to have for meetings for friends over coffee or tea, hence the term coffee cake.

 

Playing Catchup before my battery dies

My hubby came home for the weekend. He is in a class right now for several weeks. It ends on Thursday. Thank goodness I might be able to catch up on a lot of my posts. I have a lot to share and post with you.

Alas my broccoli did not survive the cold weather we have had. Some good things from our gardening:

Parsley

Parsley in all it’s glory

Something Sprouting

Something maybe onions? Who knows my husband planted them!

The Last Leaf

Last little thing of Broccoli and it is weeping šŸ˜¦

Parsley is growing great, some of the herbs are still attempting to emerge from the soil. We also have something that looks akin to onions although it could be something else entirely. I am going to let my husband care for them while I am away and then give them to my green thumb friend Heather to care for while we are away in the states.

I dislike packing, and living out of a suitcase, I have done it too much!

I dislike packing, and living out of a suitcase, I have done it too much!

The Sun has arrived in Germany, at least for the time being. It has been rather hot, but I am not going to complain less we get put in the ice age.

Sunny Days and Blue Skies.

Sunny Days and Blue Skies.

Please bear with my next couple of posts while I relay all the items I have attempted to record and share with you. I will be purchasing a new power cord for my computer in the states. I will be leaving for the states in a week with my daughter in tow. Looking forward to seeing family, friends and old acquaintances. It’s going to be a blast and with my daughter being at the age where everything is fun an exciting we won’t be bored.

Things you should look forward to me posting: Coffee Cake (An Easy but yummy recipe), What happens when you freeze cream cheese?, What the blooming is that coming from the yeast, My Husbands Favorite: Vinegar Mustard BBQ Pulled Pork in the crockpot, Deviled Eggs: are they your friend or Foe?, Marshmallowy Fondant!