Lately I’ve noticed a problem here on this little old food blog, so let it be known- Today is the Day of Rectification.
The problem, you ask? Cheesecake. Of which there is none, nada, zilch on this website.
I don’t know what my issue is, sometimes. I just don’t know at all.
See, I’ve been slowly going through my old posts, doing a bit of housekeeping. I’m updating all my recipes to ZipList, which makes it about ninety billion times easier to print and save recipes than the old Google docs I was using (you can even upload recipe ingredients to a shopping list on the ZipList app! Check it out here) I’m also moving all my images off of my hosting server and onto my Flickr account. This is because I kept getting (ahem) “friendly” reminders that my space was maxed out, and that my images take up approximately 9,0000% of said space.
But as I trawled through the endless recipes and broken links and sad, washed-out little photos I used to think were awesome, I came to the realization that there are no cheesecake recipes on this entire dang site. None! This is cheesecake we’re talking about, which, if asked, I usually say is my all-time favorite dessert.
See? I need to rectify the situation immediately.
There is an ancient Cooks Illustrated Recipe that I use as my go-to recipe for cheesecake, and I’ve added and discarded and generally bastardized it to the point of unrecognizablity- but in the end it is a foolproof cheesecake recipe. There’s no balancing a pan of shaky batter in a larger pan of trembling hot water to bake, no making custard and crossing your fingers that the eggs don’t scramble- this is a add-what-you-want-to-the-batter, throw-it-all-in-the-pan, bake-and-enjoy kind of cheesecake recipe. In other words, my kind of recipe.
I added one cup of diced cherries to the mix and then swirled in blamsaic glaze because, well, delicious, and also- lest we forget!- it’s Cherry Week in these parts, and why the hell not, you know? The balsamic glaze is a delicious, sweet kick at the start, and since the cherries are fresh when added to the batter, they retain a crispness that is fan-freakin’-tastic against the creamy tang of the cheesecake itself.
Add your standard graham cracker crust, and this is the perfect little dish to bring to a barbecue, or eat entirely in one sitting on the couch in front of Friends reruns, or whatever. Go crazy. Summer is almost over and you deserve a cheesecake bar.