Kuehnert Dairy Farm Fort Wayne, IN

 

The Kuehnert family dairy farm was established in the 1890s, so the farm is now operated by the fifth and sixth generation of farmers. Brothers Alan and Stanley Kuehnert (sons of Melvin and Delores) run the farm with the help of their wives, Cindy and Carol, Alan and Cindy's sons Nathan and Andrew, their wives Sarah and Brittany, and Nathan and Sarah's children, Allie and Bryar.

The family milks 300 registered Holstein cows and creates six jobs in the local community. The Kuehnerts are involved in showing their registered Holsteins at the local, state and national levels. Alan and Cindy are involved in the Indiana Holstein Association and are chairing the National Holstein Convention, which will be held in Indianapolis this summer.

Layered Turtle Cheesecake

Ingredients

Filling
4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup of sugar
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour, divided
2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 ½ tsp vanilla
4 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled
25 individually wrapped Kraft caramels (approx. half a bag), unwrapped and melted
⅓ cup chopped pecans

Crust
1 cup all purpose flour
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup finely chopped pecans
6 Tbsp cold butter, chopped

Ganache
½ cup milk
Chocolate chips
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp chopped pecans

Garnish
12 whole pecans and caramel
ice cream topping

Directions

Place a greased 9 inch springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil.

Securely wrap the foil around the pan.

In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients and cut in butter until crumbly.

Press into the bottom of prepared pan.

Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth.

Beat in 1/4 cup of flour, cream, and vanilla.

Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.

Remove 1 cup of batter to a small bowl; stir in melted chocolate until blended.

Spread on crust.

Unwrap and melt caramels.

Stir in remaining flour and pecans.

Spread over chocolate batter in pan.

Top with remaining cheesecake batter.

Place springform pan on a large baking pan.

Add 1 inch of water to larger pan forming a water bath.

Bake at 325 degrees for 70-90 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.

Remove springform pan from water bath and cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.

Place chips in a small bowl.

In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil.

Pour over chips; whisk until smooth.

Spread over cheesecake.

Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Refrigerate overnight or until completely cooled and set.

Garnish with whole pecans and additional caramel topping.