By Susan "Honey" Good
Darlings, it's National Cheesecake Day! I've rounded up some of my favorite recipes from the blog, from an award winning low fat cheesecake to delish blueberry lemon cheesecake bars.
Dessert is my Achilles heel and cheesecake is the stone that hit it. I could eat cheesecake every day and in every way but unfortunately it is nowhere near healthy! This is why when looking for a healthier alternative that still tastes like a delicious dream, I found this recipe and it makes a great dessert for any social gathering. None will taste that the fat has been cut!
Creamy Cheesecake from Jacquelyn Prater
"I don't have much of a sweet tooth. My indulgences tend to be more salty/meaty/fatty. But one thing I simply can't resist is a really good cheesecake. So many places have taken the humble cheesecake and turned it into a tooth-rotting, stomach ache-inducing sugar bomb. Blech. I like my cheesecake to be smooth, tangy and not too heavy. Here is a super basic cheesecake recipe that you can customize any way you like!"
Black Olive and Herb Cheesecake from Sheilah Kaufman
"I love cheesecakes, but I am very picky about the ones I eat. I do not like NY style cheesecakes that taste like I am eating a bar of cream cheese. I just got a new cheesecake cookbook. Making Artisan Cheesecake Expert Techniques for Classic and Creative Recipes by Melanie Underwood. You can create virtually any cheesecake imaginable. With this guide, you can try your hand at mouthwatering variations of everything from fruit-flavored cakes to cheesecake pops, to cakes that are not baked at all. In it are the classic and well-loved cheesecakes in a new, adventurous, and modern way, including many variations to help you build a range of different styles and develop your own unique recipes. This book includes vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free recipes, and 100 color photos."
I have been talking about eating healthy and clean and forgot how important it is to cheat a little. The little part is where I have trouble, but it’s honestly good to have something indulgent every now and then. It may be a good way to “treat” yourself after a week of working out and eating well. Cheesecake is perfect to get that creamy, sugary, crunchy bite of deliciousness and when you add fruit to it, its win-win!
Do something GOOD today. Celebrate National Cheesecake Day with those you love.