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Everything you ever wanted to know about Shavuot cheesecake…


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When it comes to Shavuot, I skip the blintzes and go straight to the cheesecake.   Sliced in wedges or cut into bars, if it has cream cheese, I’ll eat it.

While I love a generous slice baked on top of a classic graham cracker crust, many different ingredients and baking techniques reflect distinct styles of this delightful dessert.

Italians make cheesecake with sweetened ricotta cheese (some flavor it with honey and bay leaves) while the French favor a thin version lightened with Neufchâtel cheese and gelatin.  Greek-style features mascarpone or mizithra, a flavorful Greek cheese similar to ricotta, but drier.

Within America, the two most popular kinds of cheesecake are New York style, an extremely rich and smooth version made from cream cheese, heavy cream and egg yolks, usually baked in a graham cracker crust; and Chicago-style, which has a firm outside and light, creamy interior due to sour cream added to the cream cheese batter, and typically baked in a shortbread cookie crust.

If you love cheesecake but want to do something different for Shavuot, chuck the springform pan and try one of these contemporary takes, none of which resemble the traditional finished product but all which are just as delicious.

Kids will love rolling kosher cheesecake pops into colorful toppings while adults while be enchanted by kosher chocolate covered cheesecake-stuffed strawberries, made famous by the now-defunct Eminger Berries.  And if you are pressed for time, kosher no-bake mini cheesecakes will become your favorite Shavuot stand-by.

Enjoy this 2 part video cooking show on how to make kosher cheesecake for Shavuot:

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10 Responses to Everything you ever wanted to know about Shavuot cheesecake…

  1. avatar says: Dominik

    I agree. Kids will definitely love kosher cheesecake pops, my son will! I am interested in the cheese slice baked on top of a classic graham cracker crust. Makes me hungry!

  2. I really enjoy this new contemporary way of making kosher cheesecake! I plan on trying it out this week. What type of cheesecake do you recommend I make?

  3. Kosher cheesecake pops – what an idea! I’m a chocolate lover, so I’m definitely going to try making chocolate cheesecake pops.

  4. We own a retirement home and were looking for good dessert ideas. Thanks so much for posting this, we look forward to baking kosher cheesecake pops for our seniors.

  5. Although I am a dentist, and by nature am weary of sugary desserts, this one looks too good to not try! I’ll try to make them with a low-fat creme cheese and organic sugar and see how it turns out.

  6. Wonder what the calorie content in that is =)

  7. avatar says: Tobi

    The best cheesecake you could ever find was made in Germany by my late Granmother (RIP). I bet you all would travel for that one. Thanks for the clips. Gonna try that when we have our new kitchen :)
    Best regards

  8. Awesome. I’ve always been a huge cheese cake fan. Love it. Thanks a lot for the idea. Now I need a cheese cake. Off to the cafe :)

  9. I am feeling hungry while reading this delicious recipe. I was a diehard fan of cheesecakes but was on diet from last few days and had to avoid such items. My daughter will just love this Kosher cheesecake pops.

  10. avatar says: Mark

    Just the picture above makes my mouth water!! I’m going to have my wife try making this. Thank you for the videos!!

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