The other week I had the great honor of attending BlogHer Food ’14 in Miami, Florida. I have to tell you, I had so much fun. While I had mentally chalked it up to a ‘work’ trip, in the end more time was spent smiling and laughing than working. One thing I did while there was attend a demonstration put on by California Dairy and hosted by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli. He runs Eating House Miami and says things like, “Cooking is an art, and we’re making graffiti.”
He was innovative.
The samples were delish.
I was inspired to get in my kitchen and use some Real California Dairy!
I recently posted a No-Bake Cheesecake that we love to make, but many of you asked for a version that used real strawberries. This is my first attempt at creating the perfect “real” strawberry cheesecake.
You’ll notice I said “first-attempt,” because this is a cheesecake I want to bake again. And honestly, anything smothered in whipped cream and fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce… wait, did I mention the chocolate sauce yet? I used this chocolate ganache recipe to add a rich layer of luscious silky chocolatey charm to the cheesecake. Oh, and I also used a chocolate cookie crust in place of the graham cracker crust!
(That I just purchased at the grocery store: I used 2 6-ounce packages and added 4 tablespoons of melted Real California Butter. Then pressed into the bottom of a prepared 9-inch round springform pan.)
The recipe is barely adapted from Epicurious.
With all my adaptations, I inadvertently made the chocolate crust and topping the star of the show. And while that is normally not a problem, when one goes to the trouble of making a real strawberry cheesecake, one wouldn’t want to distract from the strawberry flavor! Luckily the fresh strawberries in it and top were still distinguishable. And Yummy.
Next time, I think I will try this recipe with a graham cracker crust and some strawberry extract (think of it like vanilla… it will simply enhance).
A big thank you to California Dairy and everyone who made the demo at BlogHer Food a success!