A couple years ago I had Basque Burnt Cheesecake for the first time at this little Spanish restaurant in Portland. My first thought was, why have I never heard of this? My second thought was, how can I recreate this? Deep brown and almost caramelized on the outside, fluffy and creamy on the inside, no crust, this was some kind of cheesecake magic. It has begun to grow in popularity lately, popping up in food magazines, blogs, and restaurants. And while it isn’t pretty and looks like, well, burnt cheesecake, your taste buds will thank you for trying it out.
If I had to pick one food to represent my childhood summer experience, it would have to be Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches. I remember one summer spent riding my bicycle to a friend’s house, playing in his creek and eating peanut butter sandwiches just about every single day! If we found ourselves at my Grandmother’s house, another ingredient would be added to this simple fare…..mayonnaise. Please tell me I am not the only one who has consumed a peanut butter, banana and mayonnaise sandwich?! My Grandma would say that the mayo helped to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of your mouth though I didn’t mind the stickiness and would have preferred to go without the mayo. Ugh! Don’t worry, there is no mayonnaise in today’s recipe. With that said, I set out this summer to recreate the flavors of my childhood by creating a cool, creamy, simple cheesecake recipe.
To say that I have a deep love for cheesecake would be the understatement of the century! If I had to pick my favorite savory food I would be right there with Carmi and say “pasta, pasta, and more pasta”. But take me to any restaurant and if cheesecake is on the menu, you can bet your last dollar that I will be ordering it. I even had cheesecake for my wedding cake. A 5 layer, beautifully decorated masterpiece that fed 350 people. I told you my love was deep.
When I set out to create this post I wanted to do something new and different as far as flavor goes. I can’t say I’ve found a cheesecake flavor I didn’t like and I’ve made several different kinds over the years. Still, being summertime here in Georgia, I wanted to do something bright in flavor. Also, with picnics and days at the lake or pool in mind, I wanted to try something fun as far as baking and presentation goes. And, since my favorite season (College Football Season) is right around the corner, this recipe is perfect for tailgating!