Cajun Strawberry Cheesecake ~ Foamheart

Discussion in 'Desserts' started by foamheart, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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.

    Cajun Strawberry Cheese Cake (Mary Leah)

    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!

    My secret?

    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
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016
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  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty,that's a pretty full fridge! You need to throw a party!:biggrin:
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Love it
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have three more just as full and the beer/project reefer.

    No shortage of refrigeration around here!
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I know you make a great NY cheesecake. You need to try this for light and delicious for summer.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great Post! Love Cheese cake but the prep and baking is labor intensive. This I could get my " I don't Cook! [​IMG]" Wife to make...[​IMG]...JJ
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Chef, its not just an instant jello mix, it has a lot more. Pick up the ingredients, and make it when one of your daughters comes home and she how it sells!  My Mom always liked with some Knotts Berry farms seedless rasberries. We didn't get rasberries in the south. Sometimes she'd thin it, sometimes not. Caramel sauce..... Its a lady woer!  That and a bottle a bubbly never missed.

    I can't say enough good about it. You'll just have to try it.
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks Great, Foamy!![​IMG]-----------[​IMG]

    I could stand some of that right now!![​IMG][​IMG]

    Mrs Bear Makes something that starts out just like that: Calls it a "Strawberry Crown Cake".

    She lines all the Lady Fingers like you did.

    Then she alternates a mixture of Cream Cheese and Cool Whip.

    Then Strawberries

    Then the Mixture

    Then Strawberries

    Then the Mixture



    Then sometimes she does the same thing but uses Cherry Pie Filling instead of the Strawberries. Calls that one "Cherry Crown Cake".

  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Bear

    I imagine there are lots of variations, but we really like it cause its not heavy. Don't get me wrong I like  good NY cheesecake with the sour cream cooked on top but this is pretty good. And a lot easier.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016
  10. bdc3

    bdc3 Smoke Blower

    That looks really great! My father-in-law from Louisana would make the jello mix and add a package of cream cheese to the mix. Really made it richer.
    I must say that is one pretty cake. They use to tell us in the restaurant business people order by looks. They will really want a slice of that cake! Nice!
  11. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Another home run by Foamy looks great even though I don't like cheese cake Ms will try this.
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     Thank you

    Its sad because it does make your feel impressed even by those who can really make those wonderful foods, with those beautiful presentations.

    Seriously its just a blank pallet, its hard to mess up.
  13. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you.

    You might change your mind, ya never know. Mom always made us taste a bite of everything even if we hated it the night before....LOL  Sometimes my tastes did change, or someone prepared the dish differently. [​IMG]

    Ya just never know.
  14. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, very nice Foam ! Thumbs Up Awesome thread !
  15. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    We forced it out of you haha!!! That looks delicious and I love the idea of the lady fingers crust!!
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    People think its fancy, especially when brushed with strawberry juice. But really its just easier than graham cracker or oreo crumbs.

    You know its cream cheese, but its nothing like those NY cream cheese cakes! 
  17. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Oh Yea Kevin!

    God stuff!

    I love the idea of using the lady fingers!

    I gained a pound just reading your post!

  18. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you sir.
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you

    Pop said the cheesecake cut his knee recovery time by 50% when they put his in.
  20. Dang, that looks good, I could have stood a piece with my coffee.  Gotta try the Lady Fingers     [​IMG]


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