Cheesecake is one of those foods that people tend to get a little fussy over.
I can sense the frantic thoughts spinning in your heads… That’s not a true New York Cheesecake! Is it that Philadelphia-style cheesecake? Or the sour cream variety? Or Italian ricotta and mascarpone cheesecake? And what is up with that crust? I see no graham crackers…
Take a deep breath, and let me explain.
The fact is, most countries worldwide have their own rendition of cheesecake (even Southeast Asia) and many have been making them for literally thousands of years. There are hundreds of variations, so there is no right or wrong way to make cheesecake. It’s a preference thing?
And if you haven’t tasted but one or two varieties…. How would you know what you prefer?
So let your guard down and allow me to give you my sales pitch on this particular cheesecake. *wink*
Historically, the Greeks invented cheesecake, that is until the Romans took over and claimed it as their own.
So it would only make sense to add Greek yogurt, right? The ancient Greeks even published a book about their preferred styles of cheesecake.
Yogurt Cheesecake with Orange Shortbread Crust and Chambord Honey Drizzle is a concept I’ve been playing around with, and find quite delightful.
It’s rich, but not dense, with a slightly airy quality. It has a perky tang from the cream cheese, yogurt, and orange juice. Plus, it isn’t overly sweet.
I adjusted the crust to be more of a “special feature” than the traditional American graham cracker crust.
I used my favorite shortbread recipe and added orange zest to mimic the flavor and aroma of the cheese filling. Did it work? Let me just say, I will probably never make a graham cracker crust for cheesecake again.
Finally to enhance this Yogurt Cheesecake with Orange Shortbread Crust and Chambord Honey Drizzle even further, I added a drizzle of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur and honey, then topped it with some fresh raspberries. It’s understated, elegant, comforting, and bright.
What more could you ask of a dessert that contains no chocolate?
This is just the sort of treat I would make for the holidays. So I wanted to share it with you in time for your celebrations this year. Cheesecake makes a wonderful party dessert because it’s lovely enough to double as a centerpiece and rich enough to cut into small pieces.
It’s also a great make-ahead!
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