Is a sudden obsession with cheesecake baking a good thing? I mean, it’s not as if cheesecakes were the healthiest desserts on earth. On the other hand, when they are well done, they are amongst the most delicious desserts on earth. Or I think so anyway. As mine has a homemade jam on top made with blueberries, and blueberries are fruit, that is an excuse for eating fruit. Right? Also, I’m sure we can all think of worse obsessions in life. I won’t name any of them.
Just one week ago I decided to venture out of my absurd afraid of making cheesecakes zone, and actually make one. Typical of me, I did not religiously follow any one single recipe. I browsed through my Cheesecakes comme à New York cookbook and went through some of my favourite baking blogs, with notable mentions to Jessica’s no bake cheesecakes in What Jessica Baked Next, and Rosa’s cheesecakes in Pemberly Cup & Cakes. I opted for a yes bake cheesecake at the end. With so much inspiration to choose from, I thought I would try to make a sort of simple cheesecake to begin with. My own invention which would be a mish mash of many of the recipes I read that day, and which would later be modified again because it was Sunday afternoon, and as I ventured out to look for some of the ingredients I was missing, they would indeed still be missing – because it was Sunday afternoon – so I had to do a bit more re-invention.
It’s strange how our fears freeze us. I had guessed that I would have to go through a lengthy process of recipe development before making a decent cheesecake. I envisioned having to force feed the Papaya Pieces household & friends with runny liquid, dodgy tasting cheesecake for about four attempts before landing on a good one. But no! I’m still blowing kisses to my own cheeks for making the most marvellous cheesecake in the first attempt. And I am actually a modest person. The first attempt was last weeks. I, cough cough, did not make photos of it. But I decided to make another one last night, yes, in so little time, just so that I could photograph it and put it into this blog, so that I could look it up if I ever wanted to make it again. Here it is.