Lovely Susan over at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy is having her 1st Annual SGCC Blogiversary Bash and has issued an invitation to share our favourite party foods with her. Susan’s blog has been a hit since the day she started blogging and she always has something wonderful to share with a style that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
I’ve decided to share this fun Polka Dot Cheesecake. It is a recipe by Maida Heatter (out of Maida Heatter’s Cakes- a fabulous cook book)
and the only changes I’ve made are to top it with a bit of bittersweet ganache and to use chocolate cookie crumbs for the base instead of regular graham crackers. Here is a link to it printed in our favourite Saveur magazine. Also note: I baked it in a 9″ spring-form pan wrapped in aluminum foil to keep the water bath at bay. The polka dots actually work better in an 8″ pan since the regular batter is deeper the polka dots stay round and suspended a bit easier. But sometimes you just have to work with what you have.
May I just say here and now- I LOVE Maida Heatter- she is one of my personal heroes- how could you not love someone who carries brownies around in her pockets on the chance that she might be able to offer one to someone in need?! Besides that- she is an enthusiastic, accomplished baker and innovative ahead of her time. She also doesn’t seem to sport that overwhelming egocentricity that is the trademark of many of our current celebrity chefs. So I like her AND I love her and that’s that!
The last time I made this recipe was for our friends Joe and Nancy’s annual cheesecake and champagne party- each guest was invited to bring a bottle of bubbly or a cheesecake. My head fairly swims remembering the richness of it all! This cheesecake was delicious (although it is not the over the top Lindy’s recipe that I usually make -I’ll tell you a story about that sometime.) :)
This is a straight forward cheesecake recipe without a lot of extra ingredients- just cream cheese, sugar eggs and extracts- plus the chocolate for the polka dot part. You add the cookie crumb base after baking. It’s simple, quick to mix and bake and lots of fun when you cut into it!
So I hope you enjoy this – and my best wishes to Susan- May we all enjoy many more years of great food and wonderful wit out of the land of Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy!