If there were ever a cheesecake to change my mind about all cheesecakes….it would be this one. Yes, I admit, I have never really been a huge fan of it. But something struck me about this recipe that I was enticed to give it ‘one more try’. Not only did the recipe it include so many tips and direction, but it also gave so many enticing ideas for change.
I thought, change is good.
Let’s face it, we all go to restaurants and see the same old tired cheesecake listed on the menu. It’s enough to make me pass on dessert (almost). I don’t know about you but I was ready to experience a ‘new’ and improved cheesecake.
And "New and Improved"...it was!
I used the gingerbread crust from "Baking From My Home to Yours". My Cheesecake flavor I chose was cinnamon to compliment the gingerbread crust, but surprisingly, Dorie didn't have that in her book (out of ALL the numerous suggestions...I was really surprised!). So I added a few teaspoons of cinnamon.
My other alteration was that I used half mascarpone cheese and half cream cheese just because I am not a huge cream cheese fan. The mascarpone gives it a milder, creamy taste that was amazing!
And...there is an added bonus!!! (insert snide comment for the home shoppers network...lol!)...I made mini cheesecakes so it allowed me to sneak in a chocolate crust and orange cheesecake. I know...pretty crazy for a gal who didn't care for cheesecake!