Whoa! Time, where have you gone? Somehow, despite our relatively early preparations for Christmas, I am nonetheless shocked upon a peek at the calendar.
How is it that Christmas is just a bit over a week from now? When did that happen?
Amidst my crazy – albeit totally fun – baking projects and weekly holiday events, I’m trying (trying!) to take moments to breathe slowly and deeply, sing loudly, and continue to count blessings. (I did mention 1000 Gifts, right?)
Let’s talk Cheesecake. Perfect…New York Style…Cheesecake. I’m all over it.
Hubby is every bit as much of a cheesecake fiend (aka snob) as I am. I admit it. I seriously, one-hundred-percent honestly never order cheesecake at restaurants anymore. That includes my old friend, The Cheesecake Factory. I will always have a soft spot for that place, but I don’t go for cheesecakes like I once did.
An entire cheesecake, not just a slice. An entire cheesecake every bit as good as your fave restaurant, full of oooohs and aahhhs. No sinking, cracking center. Cheesecake perfection in every sense of the word…
This is not a wimpy cheesecake. It’s not fluffy, airy, or whippy, whatever that means. It’s truly a New York Style Cheesecake, unabashedly rich and decadent.
And it is easy. It’s so easy to bake up your own mouthwatering cheesecake at home. This cheesecake uses a low and slow baking method to get its beautiful crack-free, sink-free top. This cheesecake does not need a bunch of frills on top to hide unsightly cracks.
We love just spooning some fresh berries over each slice. Keep it simple. Of course, a dollop of stabilized whipped cream (no runny, melty mess!) will not be refused.
So…if you’re still looking for a perfect dessert to serve for that holiday dinner, party, get-together…here it is.
Make this cheesecake ahead of time, even up to 3 days, and keep chilled in fridge.
IF you have any leftover slices or if you just want to make a whole cheesecake for yourself (been there, done that) this cheesecake freezes nicely. Just slice, wrap, freeze, and thaw whenever you want blissful indulgence.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from allrecipes.com
Want cheesecake in a simple dessert-bar? Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars:
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