I love baking with Philadelphia Cream Cheese! There is nothing better than a cream cheese frosting smeared on a carrot cake, stuffed into a pumpkin roll or poured onto a crust topped with apples. I remember not too long ago when I could easily buy this for 99 cents at my local grocery. When the price jumped to $1.29 I was beside myself. A whole 30 cents! Oh the drama! Ok, I was not really was beside myself. More like inside thinking "what the heck just happened?" When it went on sale I stashed up on my Philly.
Fast foreword a few years to Russia. Imagine my excitement when I saw my favorite brand stocked on the shelf! I grabbed three, just to be safe. You never know when you may see it again. I saw the price quickly did the math and moved on. Yes, I knew how much I was paying, but it didn't absorb fully into my overloaded brain...until now. Do you know how much one of these tubs cost? Take a guess, I'll wait.
Let me add that you do not get a full 8 ounces in one tub. It's more like 7 ounces, not a big difference unless you are baking. Because all recipes call for an even ounce quantity. I'm still waiting.
Got the number?
I paid 120 rubles for two of these babies.
I paid 150 rubles for the third...different store.
Let me do the math for you. That is $3.89 each for two and $4.89 for the other.
That is $12.67 in cream cheese for that luscious, creamy dessert above.
Add in the cost of the other ingredients and we are probably nearing the $30 mark.
It's an apple crumb cheesecake!
Also known as a piece of Heaven on Earth.
And worth every ruble I spent of the Mr.'s hard earned money.