I wanted to start this sort of backwards, showing what I just had with a cup of coffee.
Seriously, doesn't that look like a million calories. Doesn't it look like something you'd ask for off the dessert cart at Antoines?
Who doesn't like a rich thick creamy NY cheesecake, I know I love them! But in the south when its 100 degrees in the shade and 98% humidity....... Well we needed something lighter, fluffier, with the same delicious taste. You of course want it to taste awesome, but you also want to get that wow factor, and it to be incredibly easy to make. Well two outta three right? Nope, this does it all, now if it was just diet food!
I always give credit where its due, this is my baby sisters recipe. She's the brains in the family.
I want to tell you, this time I want you to use your imagination because since this is not going to a party, and I don't have anyone I want to impress coming over I not going to spread the topping or the whipped cream till plates. If I did the cream would seperate and the topping would slide off. The top can get really fancy too. Fanned out large strawberries, etc.
Starting at the begining, I am not big on graham crackers or oreo cookies for a crust. This uses 'Lady Fingers", you can buy at any large grocery pre-packaged, or for over the top..... get a real baker to make you some. They are amazing fresh.
Prep the pan with a piece of parchment paper, you'll appreciate it later.
Lined the bottom .......
Line the sides and brush on some fruit juice. I show you why its bottom first then sides later.
Don't ya love that color and those lady fingers just perk right up. Lightly coat, soggy lady fingers are not good eats.
I have plenty of old and new jelly which deserves my attention and so far I did a dang good job on 'em. I think strawberry cheese cake should have strawberry in it besides just on it and around it and under it....LOL
We place the cheese cake filling in the mold. Which BTW is a 9" spring form, I have smaller but this cheesecake never lasts long enough to justify a small one. I love this next picture.
If I were going to a party, I would slather the freezer jelly or strawberry tapping all over the cheesecake center and dot with whipped cream poofs, possibly some fanned berries. If you feel the jelly or topping is too much (I can't imagine how), you can used sliced strawberries.
At this stage its in the reefer till chilled or over night. I covered it with plastic wrap because I didn't like the way the lady fingers were drying out.
I should have known better than to use this picture with the brine. Inquiring minds want to know, right?
Today pull it out, release the spring form and since you put down the circular parchment, you can just slide it right onto the cake plate.
Here you have a blank palet, rasberry, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, chocolate, even a caramel strip and some simple highlights a mint sprig?
I said I would explain the lady fingers on the bottom first. Nope the slight depression between the top of the cheese cake filling and the crown of the lady fingers. IF you put topping (my freezer jelly) this keeps the topping on the cake. as soon as you slice it, the game is on and it all starts heading to the edges which looks pretty cool too.
Below is a link to my recipe book's page for this.
I have one last picture to add...... I saved it for last as to not make any of you think less of the cheesecake.
Wait one more money shot first of this light fluffy delicious cheesecake!
Try it for fast and easy, and if you don't love it, and impress all at the table, I'll pay you back.
I have made a lot of these, always have the makings in the pantry/freezer. Everyone thinks I bought it from a professional pastry Chef and they want the phone number.
Try it for a summer treat!
The "View All" big pictures gives it all away....LOL
Edited by Foamheart - 4/21/16 at 2:21pm