When Scott and I were registering for wedding gifts all those years ago there were so many things I thought I HAD to have. If only I could go back in time and tell my younger self that I probably won't use that shake-maker as often as I think I will. Springform Pans might have been one of those items as well.
In the six years that Scott and I have been married, I used my springform pan once. To make cheesecake. That was terrible. And my pans came in a set of three, so one got used and the others collected dust. My goal for Operation Springform Pan was simple--find non-cheesecake recipes. And holy cow you guys! I did make one cheesecake recipe, but so much more!
And there were more that I ran out of time (and energy) to attempt! I wanted to make this pasta pie from Noble Pig and Ms. Beth Fish posted a wonderful review last weekend featuring a savory springform pan recipe. And then you can see the others on my "Operation Use My Kitchen Gadgets" Pinterest board.
But that top picture above? The pizza? We've made it THREE times in the past month. It's that good.
The Recipes (from top to bottom, left to right)
Deep Dish Pizza - Recipe from King Arthur Flour. The recipe calls for a 14" deep dish pan and since I used a 10" round for the recipe we take a handful of the dough out and fashion a little pizza for Elle. The crust is pretty darn thick but did I mention we've made this three times in the past month?
Tortilla Pie - Recipe from Martha Stewart. I skipped the spinach because I didn't have any on hand but this recipe is so versatile. Next time I think I'll add some beans for more depth. Very good! Thanks JoAnn!!
Oreo Ice Cream Cake - Recipe from my mom, which I shared here. I don't need to say any more. It really is that good (and easy!)
Potato Au Gratin - A mix between a Southern Living recipe and a recipe from Tonya (Dog Eared Copy). This one needs a bit more work (no fault of either givers)--think I cut the potatoes too thick and didn't add enough sour cream to add moisture. But was still yum! And would be so pretty if I had made a crust.
Bacon and Cheese Frittata - From All Recipes (recommended by coworker). Good change from our normal Sunday breakfast fare. Great leftovers for Elle. Otherwise, meh. Think it needs a quichey crust.
Banana Cake - From Exclusively Food. Dense and didn't raise very much but DELICIOUS. Bummer was translating from metric measurements but it got gobbled up when I took the leftovers (everything you see in the picture) to work.
Cookie Dough Cheesecake - from Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook. SINFUL. But also rich and creamy and look at that beautiful crust. Hopefully I'll have more on this cookbook in the next couple of weeks.
Ham and Cheddar Torta - from Betty Crocker (recipe from coworker). Amended to add mushrooms instead of broccoli. It's basically a quiche with a really heavy duty crust made with bisquick mix (yes, mine was from scratch), italian dressing, and BEANS. Very tasty but also pretty heavy.
Why would one need a springform pan? Really you probably don't--a pie pan or even cake pan will do the trick. But look at how nice those dishes look once the sides are pulled off the pan. Gorgeous!! The pizza itself is enough to impress anyone.
My cheap pans tend to leak and egg burned on the bottom of the oven does NOT smell good. Wrapping the bottom of the pan in foil usually does the trick. Water bath for cheesecake made a wonderfully smooth cake. But really? The springform pan is a dream! What I need to do now is invest in a pretty footed serving dish (kind of like a cake stand but lower).
Where do I go from here?
Now that I have made a successful cheesecake I'm no longer afraid of that cream cheese goodness. But the savory dishes! My goodness! The possibilities are endless. And you know what's the best part? I used my food processor for several of these dishes!
And exhausted Trish is taking a break from projects this month. I've been trying to talk Scott into taking over for Operation Use My Grill but am not going to push him (see note above about exhausted). My next Operation will be ICE CREAM MAKER!!! :) Will probably solicit for ideas in a bit but if you click that Operation Pinterest board link above you'll see some ideas. Mmmmmmm.
In the meantime, I'd love to hear what you use your springform pan for. Did I convince you that you might need to see about adding one of these bad boys to your pantry?
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