I love sweets. Not sugary candy stuff, but I never met a cake or cookie I didn't like, with the exception of red velvet ( sorry, I know that's a huge thing ❤️). I happen to not like cheese, though I'm not scared of it like my friend Y O🧀. Like, he can't deal with it on the table.
The concept of cheesecake never appealed to me, knowing large amounts of cream cheese are involved. About ten years ago, I decided I'd try to make one for my inlaws, who absolutely went bonkers for even mediocre cheesecake. It's customary for Jews to eat this on the holiday of Shavuot, since dairy meals finally take center stage. It's a nice change from the highly carnivorous other holidays we have the rest of the year. I found a recipe in one of my many cookbooks and took a crack at it. I knew it came out well when my mother in law said, "Jessie, do you have any idea what you did here?!?!" I tasted it and loved it! This recipe is a little sweeter than a typically tart cheesecake, which I'm not interested in. It's honestly the best cheesecake I ever had, and it always feels so good and right in my heart to bake traditional delicacies. I make it maybe twice a year, and it's so cute my family gets so excited when I serve it.
Feel free to play around with the crumbs. This calls for classic graham cracker crumbs, but I've successfully used both chocolate and vanilla Oreos as well. You can leave the top plain/classic , but I like to use one of those Magic Shell chocolate toppings from the ice cream section in the supermarket. If you opt for that, leave it uncovered in the fridge while it hardens. Do not cover until any top you choose is super set. When you do cover, do it loosely with foil. If you serve this plated, drizzle the top with extra of the crumbs you used for the crust. The classic version would also serve beautifully with a mix of fresh berries, or berries that have been heated up with a drop of sugar and fresh lemon juice on the stovetop. Just spoon that on the side.
You can also drizzle with chocolate, crushed candy bars; go for it! Or serve the classic with a cute toppings bar, which I've never thought of until now, but sounds like an adorable idea👏🏻. I'm happy to be cheesy today‼️🧀. Stay delicious, Lady Blaga
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 cup flour
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- caramel topping
- 3 chocolate covered toffee candy bars
- 3/4 stick butter
- 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 5 (8oz) bars cream cheese softened
- 5 eggs
- 2 large yolks
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees and spray a 10" springform pan.
- In a medium bowl combine the brown sugar, graham crackers, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of the pan.
- In an electric mixer combine the cream cheese, eggs, and yolks. Beat until smooth and add sugar, vanilla, flour, and cream.
- Pour the batter into the crust and bake for 3 hours and ten minutes. Once finished refrigerate for 8 hours. Then you can cover in caramel or toffee crumbs. Go crazy! XO LB