I recently had a strange experience whereby a friend gave me a recipe for her mother’s cheesecake. It was the first time I made a cheesecake I actually didn’t care for. It was very dry and crumbly, the flavor was lacking something. I kept thinking I did something wrong. But I looked that recipe up and down and I couldn’t figure out what it was that I would have done wrong. It just wasn’t good. And I had to tell her that. Well, I didn’t actually have to tell her that. I just knew she’d ask, and I had to figure out how I would say it.
Interestingly the conversation went well, turns out my friend is not a fan of cheesecake. Her mother made it for her all the time when she was younger and she said she just never “developed a taste for it”. Well, after trying that recipe, I figured out why. So I made her a cheesecake that I’ve made my family a dozen times. I kept it simple and topped it only with strawberries. She loved it.
The thing is, that made me realize how we can formulate an opinion on a food, based solely on one experience. One recipe can change how we view something or determine if we love or hate something.
Since she tried my cheesecake, she has ordered cheesecake several times out at restaurants and even bought one from the store. All of which she loved. Interesting.
I am slightly addicted to cheesecake (yes, I realize that probably at least 10lbs could probably be shed if I stopped my love affair… it’s all good.) and we’ve made several lately. I’ve even been known to get a mail order cheesecake or two in my time. My favorite cheesecake is a chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate ganache on top. I will post that recipe soon.
The thing is cheesecake is one of those recipes, that if you start with a basic good recipe, you can play around with it and change flavors. I’ve made cheesecakes with chocolate ganache oozing off the top and down the sides, I’ve made cheesecakes with swirls of chocolate or raspberry throughout, I’ve made wonderful fruit combinations for toppings and even tried some not so traditional items with my cheesecakes, including a lemon avocado cheesecake. Yes. I said avocado. Someday I’ll share that recipe, it was actually very tasty and we’ve made it a couple of times.
What is your favorite cheesecake? Have you ever had one that was slightly different than the norm? If so, what was it?