A happy and blessed Eid to all!
I’ve finally done it, folks! I went and baked my first strawberry cheesecake that turned out amazingly creamy and delicious. Frankly, baking cakes intimidate me because I grew up watching a relative, who actually took baking classes, successfully fail every attempt at baking cakes. So baking seemed like a task reserved for professionals.
Years later, I met people who can bake cakes that actually turn out like cakes, and they’re not even professional bakers! And I’m like, if they can do it then so can I. This fervid spirit died a quick death, due to studies and work, and it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I baked my first cake. It was a Date and Honey Cake. The cake turned out delicious, the pictures a disaster. Note to self: bake this cake again for the sake of photography.
The plan of baking a cheesecake was a random one; I think I was eating a strawberry cream cheese ice cream after lunch at work when I thought about baking a cake. It took months before I finally got serious and finally baked the cake.
The ingredients aren’t cheap. Also, I used canned strawberries instead of fresh or frozen ones because a) fresh strawberries are expensive here in the desert, and b) canned strawberry means less work. But I did buy some fresh ones for garnishing. The preparation and mixing is nice and easy. Baking is a piece of cake. And the final product? Your friends won’t believe you baked it yourself! It’s that good.
The base is chocolate-flavored Graham cracker crust. It goes really well with the cream cheese cake. The sweetness if just enough so that you can actually finish a small piece and not feel like your blood glucose levels have shot up to dizzying heights. However, this is a very rich cake. This means you can not eat more than one tiny piece at a time. I took half of the cake to work, where it took my colleagues two days to finish it off. One of my colleagues said she bought cheesecakes from different bakeshops, but they didn’t taste as good as mine! That was a grand compliment, you guys!
How was your Eid? I can’t decide what cake to bake next so if you’ve sampled something nice this Eid, let me know. Who knows I’ll be inspired to recreate it.