. Cheesecakes are intimidating. They are finicky. They have many steps. They take a long time to bake. Oh, I am definitely a cheesecake novice. This was my second attempt at a cheesecake. Thank you Ina Garten for your wonderful recipe. I only adjusted the topping to be strawberrylicious, as that was my friend’s request. Let me back up.
One of my neighbors, now a good friend, just celebrated a birthday this week, the same week she was throwing her now 4 year old daughter a birthday! As us Moms know, our own birthdays are now about the little things like an extra hour of sleep, a quiet dinner, or maybe a piece of really good cheesecake.
I had offered to make her a dessert to enjoy at a little after the party, party. Even when you pay a place to handle the kid’s birthday party, it’s just nice to look forward to adult time later. She said she liked strawberries, so I settled on cheesecake.
Cheesecake does take a long time. And with 5 blocks of cream cheese, 5 eggs plus 2 egg yolks, and a cup of sugar it isn’t good for you either! Still, this recipe was fantastic. The only ignored the part about using multiple berries and instead went full on strawberry. Strawberry jam and 2 pints of fresh strawberries straight from the farms in Plant City made up the fruit filled topping. I would reduce the jam just a little as it got runny, but otherwise this was amazing. Light, silky, with a touch of lemon in the filling. The crust was sweet and crunchy. And the topping just brought it all together. I will make it again, but maybe not too soon!