First things first. I made these mini cheesecakes with my copycat recipe for gluten-free Thin Mints. That’s why they’re mini gluten-free thin mint cheesecakes. See? But you can use any of the crunchy cookie options that I have in my gluten free cookie recipe index. I love the combination of the delicate chocolate-mint cookie with the creamy New York-style gluten free cheesecake. The mini semi-sweet chocolate chips are just me, gilding the lilly. And do us all a favor and bake them in a water bath (or bain marie). It helps them bake evenly and ensures that they won’t crack. It’s worth the trouble.
You guys. I learned so much about food styling and food photography last week, during the photo shoot for my next Gluten Free on a Shoestring cookbook. So much! And I’ve been going through my blog archives, trying to make the site faster better stronger, and I think I may have cried a little looking at my older blog posts. Even the ones from just a couple years ago. Oh the humanity!
I somehow managed to do way too much, and way too little, all at the same time in those older posts. It wasn’t so easy to mess up in two, seemingly contradictory ways, but somehow I managed to get it done. In a way, it’s like having children and messing up more than you ever dreamed possible really early on. And then you just hope that your kids’ minds didn’t preserve those memories because really you should get a pass at least this once. For a while, I had been going back into old posts and swapping out some old pictures with new ones. But then I stopped. The show must go on. Do you know what I mean?
Live and learn. Take these cute little mini cheesecakes, in their greaseproof muffin liners. Little more than a year ago I had never even heard of greaseproof muffin liners. I was still using those Reynolds muffin liners that you buy in the grocery store. And cursing like a sailor as I tried to get them to come off the muffins. I tried peeling them off as soon as they came out of the oven. I tried sticking them in the freezer. No dice. Then I would spray them with cooking oil before filling them, so the liners would fall off in the oven. Crazy! Now I know that under no circumstances should anyone use those ridiculous Reynolds liners. I’d rather have naked mini gluten free cheesecakes than have to fool around with those evil, evil things.
What I’m trying to say is this: growing up is hard to do, don’t you think? And it’s even harder when there is both narrative and photographic evidence of your earliest efforts, deep in your blog archives.
Ah, well. To err is human, right? To forgive, divine. I’ll comfort myself with a mini gluten free thin mint cheesecake and try to forgive myself for really, really sucking at styling food and taking its photograph. Not to mention for writing in that super self-conscious way you do when you don’t know what you’re doing but want to appear otherwise. It’s like being an awkward teenager again – and not doing it any better than you did the first time! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I do love you so. Here’s how much: