Step 7: Chill, then top with blueberries
My coworker babysat my little cheesecake child overnight. The next day, I returned to his apartment, cracked some lopsided crust off the top, and made a compote by mixing melted blueberry preserves with fresh blueberries. This thing looked surprisingly good! But how did it taste?
Step 8: Recruit some guinea pigs to try the cheesecake
I wasn’t sure whether the cheesecake was potent or even remotely edible. The recipe instructed me to bake the cake at 375 degrees, so I was worried that some of the infused butter burned off at that combustion point. I did put ¼oz of flower into it, though, so I hoped some of it stuck around to deliver some noticeable effects.
Despite the fact that I had never made cannabutter, a cheesecake, or a cannabis-infused cheesecake, and pretty much had no idea what I was doing at every stage of this process, I convinced my coworkers to try my culinary experiment. It turns out free cannabis-infused treats at the end of the work day on a Friday aren’t a hard sell, and my peers swarmed upon the dessert like ferocious piranhas stripping meat from a bone. The feedback via Slack was swift, and included such eloquent sentiments as “holy hell, this cheesecake is BOMB AF” and “om nom nom nom bomb bomb bomb.”
The filling tasted great -- I couldn't detect any lasting damage from my flour screw-up, as the base was creamy, tangy, and sweet, with great texture and consistency. As for the crust, which was where the infusion took place, I noticed a hint of "weedy" flavoring but it wasn't overpowering or off-putting.
My coworkers didn't seem to mind the crust, either:
"The crust is SO GOOD. Well, the whole thing is good, [but] the crust is fucking delicious."
"I thought the cream part tasted fantastic and just like a normal blueberry cheesecake, and then the crust definitely tasted more weedy, but I like that flavor so it added to the flavor experience.”
"The 'weedy' flavor is really coming out as I get to the edge. It tastes like a regular cheesecake until you try the crust on its own.”
“Once you got to the end, the crust got a little crusty. It gets a little weedy. That said, I ate every last crumb… and licked my plate a little bit.”
Okay, so the cheesecake tasted great, but how potent was it? I found the effects to be somewhat mild but pleasant and enjoyable. One coworker said: "I'd guess I had maybe 15-20 mg in a 1.5-inch slice. Very mellow, nice body high and definitely noticeable but totally fine for socializing."
Another noted: "It's nice! Pretty mild but quite a pleasant little head high."
Success! I felt victorious, having achieved my goal of baking a Blueberry Cheesecake-infused blueberry cheesecake while I was high on Blueberry Cheesecake. Now which recipe should I tackle next? Decisions, decisions...
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