Monday, January 3, 2011

Treat of the Week: A Celebratory Cheesecake

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a magnificent cheesecake? While some cheesecakes are heavy and dense, this magnificent creation is remarkably light and fluffy. Atop the gloriously delicate crust, the cheesecake is soft and seems infused with air—so much so that it literally melts in your mouth. My mother has been using this recipe since well before I was born and has made it her own. The cheesecake often makes an appearance on New Year’s Day. This year, it was topped with shimmering cherries. However, the cake is excellent with blueberries, strawberries or a lovely chocolate ganache. Decorated with piped whipped cream, it’s as elegant as it is delicious.


I must note, again, that this cake comes at the end of what was a long month of cooking. Between the dozens of cookies (of eleven different varieties), my birthday cake, candy, a cake for Christmas, pies for Thanksgiving, and intricately exquisite meals, I think my mother has had her hand in a mixing bowl for over thirty days. So, not only does this cake make for a beautiful introduction to 2011, it is also a dramatic finale to the art and cuisine of 2010.

6 comments:

Book Gurl said...

Oh my Gosh, what a beautiful cake!!!!

Anonymous said...

That cake, a quiet room and a fork. That's all I want.

Joseph said...

Thanks, Book Gurl!

Joseph said...

That sounds like a good idea, anonymous!

Fran said...

I like a good cheesecake and this looks like one of the best, I'll tell you. I prefer a fluffy cheesecake. It takes a real artist, you know, to make one that's fluffy. I agree, all I'd need is a fork and a few minutes alone. Happy new year!!!

Joseph said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Fran! May your year be filled with cheesecakes of the fluffy variety!