I may have discovered compelling Biblical evidence to support the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
While reading Song of Solomon this morning, I noticed that my study Bible had a note that “Thou hast ravished my heart” (Song 4:9) could also be translated “Thou hast taken away my heart.” I thought oh, that’s so cute, and looked up the Hebrew word. According to the lexical aids in my Bible, lâvav (H3823) can also mean “to be wise, be intelligent (Job 11:12); to make cakes (2Sam. 13:6, 8).”
So, what I’m getting from this is that it is wise to bake cakes and thereby capture a man’s heart.
I have tried this approach in the past, to no avail. I comfort myself by thinking this is due to the lack of single men in the local church areas rather than a flaw in my cooking, and still have high hopes for my cheesecakes.
I’m particularly proud of this turtle cheesecake. You won’t find this particular recipe anywhere else, because it’s one of my own. A friend of mine talked me into trying Fazoli’s turtle cheesecake, and I promptly went online to try and find a similar recipe. After browsing recipe sites unsuccessfully for an hour, I decided I’d just come up with my own.
- 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
Mix cracker crumbs and butter. Press into a greased 9-inch spring-form pan. Drizzle caramel over crust.
- 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 3 eggs
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over caramel layer in crust.
Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim.
- 3 tablespoons hot fudge
- 3 tablespoons caramel syrup
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Melt hot fudge and drizzle with caramel syrup over cooled cheese cake. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate morsels. Refrigerate 4 hours.