My family, like many families, has traditions. Some I love, some I…well, don’t. However, my absolute favorite family tradition is a birthday tradition. On your birthday, you get to choose what you want to have for dinner and for dessert. I loved this tradition growing up because in a house full of girls, it was the one day where I got to make the decision and ALL had to agree to it. Because if you didn’t, you went hungry. My favorite dinner that my mom would make was homemade chicken pot pie with a homemade crust.
And for dessert, I ALWAYS asked for cheesecake. Unfortunately, my youngest sister’s birthday happens to be three days after mine, so we would rotate on who picked the dessert, as my mom didn’t want to make two back-to-back. I hated that growing up, but now as a parent, I get it.
The first time I made cheesecake was in college. I followed the recipe to a T and it took many hours to make. However, something went wrong because the water bath the cheesecake sat in leaked, (I even used aluminum foil to wrap it!) and my crust was all soggy with the biggest crack running across and deep down the center. It looked ugly and tasted bland and watery. It was 10 years before I made any type of cheesecake again.
This cheesecake, on the other hand, does not require a water bath. Yeah to not having a soggy crust! And it is moist, rich, and creamy. I sprinkled the top of the cheesecake with graham cracker crumbs, but you could add any type of fruit to the top if you like. Fresh or canned. Both would be delicious. Continue reading