Friday, February 27, 2009

New York Cheesecake


I've been making cheesecake since I was 17. It's too long of a story to tell here, but I learned the recipe from a gal I went to cosmetology school with (Thanks Frances!). Yes, Cosmetology school...who even knows what that is, right? Anyway, it's interesting that, in the end, I would actually become a baker and one of my specialties would be cheesecake. Up until 3 years ago I had been using basically the same recipe for 20 years, one that I thought was New York Cheesecake. I'm a Taurus and very stubborn, so, a few summers ago when working out a dessert for a local restaurant, they kept asking me to change my recipe to reflect a more 'NY' style cheesecake, I was, like, "What do you mean... this IS a New York Cheesecake! It took alot of dialog before I finally looked it up and realized that I was so wrong. (did I tell you I was stubborn?) The recipe I was using had an equal ratio of cream cheese, eggs and sour cream, where the classic NY style recipes I was finding were mostly cream cheese, making for a firmer, drier texture. I adjusted my old formula and at long last gave my customers what they wanted...they've been a huge hit ever since! The full recipe can be found here p.s. Happy Birthday Bonnie Powell! I hope you liked your cheesecake!

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Ha! I remember sitting in the sauna with you during the "struggle!" Now I must come and try a piece or order a whole one for next special occassion. Um, next Christmas? Maybe this summer when Riley and Delia are here...