As many of you know, last Tuesday was The Girl’s (henceforth referred to as The Woman) 20th birthday. We had originally planned to bake a cheesecake together Sunday past, but she had a better idea. She asked me very sweetly, “Do you know what would make this cake really special for me? If you cooked it by yourself since it is my birthday cake”. Of course I agreed!
I got all kinds of suggestions from the community here Saturday before last, and I appreciate all of them. I finally took the basic recipe from the Kraft site and modified it, and the result was wonderful!
I shall give you the recipe first, then a photographic gallery with my comments about how to do this. It is not hard to make a cheesecake that does not dry out or get weepy, but it is easy to mess one up irretrievably! You should read the entire piece before trying the recipe.