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What makes a good cheesecake? I need a majority opinion

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stealthsquiggle Wed 09-Jul-08 18:35:32

I am making a (surprise) birthday cake for someone and have been told that what she would really like is a cheesecake. Decorating ideas are, as it happens, transferable to a cheesecake, and I haven't made the cake yet, so that is fine.

Now I have strong opinions as to what constitutes a good cheesecake, but I have no idea if she (or indeed anyone else) shares them. So in the absence of more information from the cheesecake suggesters(I have asked for more) I need a majority opinion to go with...

AllieBongo Wed 09-Jul-08 18:36:28

apparently organic digestives don't go soggy if you use them for the base. Don't ask me why!

ProfessorGrammaticus Wed 09-Jul-08 18:37:44

I prefer the baked ones, definitely. Vanilla always good

stealthsquiggle Wed 09-Jul-08 18:39:25

OK, so I am not entirely alone, but are ProfG and I a minority of 2?

oggsfrog Wed 09-Jul-08 18:43:14

Baked vanilla with a very thick topping..... raisins can be nice..... as can raspberries... and blueberries...

...there isn't a definitive cheescake.
All cheesecake is good smile

stealthsquiggle Wed 09-Jul-08 18:45:36

oggs you see there I disagree with you.

lemon cheesecake = bad
raisins in cheesecake = bad
(and I love raisins in other things!)

awkward, me.

sophierosie Wed 09-Jul-08 18:45:52

I really don't like the baked ones - prefer the chilled ones.
You can mix in some ginger bisuits with the digestives - goes well with strawberries!

MaureenMLove Wed 09-Jul-08 19:04:11

I'm with sophierosie. Chilled ones for me too and ginger nuts!

Lemontart Wed 09-Jul-08 19:10:42

DH loves baked cheesecake served warm and fresh with blueberrys and double cream

Kids and I love chilled no bake "English" cheesecake with crunchy biscuit base and zingy creamy filling with lemon zest.

CantSleepWontSleep Wed 09-Jul-08 19:14:28

I love baked and unbaked cheesecake, but always vanilla and definitely no ginger!

stealthsquiggle Wed 09-Jul-08 21:35:08

I guess it was a bad idea to look for consensus from MN, but I was hoping for a clear majority.

[sigh]

The recipient is way too polite to say if I make exactly the wrong sort of cheesecake.

dizzydixies Wed 09-Jul-08 21:39:22

my most requested one is a white chocolate cheesecake and its FABULOUS and ridicliously easy to make so everyone thinks you're a genuis!!

christiana Wed 09-Jul-08 21:41:59

Message withdrawn

buttercreamfrosting Wed 09-Jul-08 21:42:02

Baked

Vanilla

NO RAISINS. EVER.

dizzydixies Wed 09-Jul-08 21:43:39

tesco oaty biscuits make a lovely base too smile

Pavlovthecat Wed 09-Jul-08 21:44:56

Vanilla a must - I prefer simple NY style cheeecake myself.

Pavlovthecat Wed 09-Jul-08 21:47:04

Vanilla a must - I prefer simple NY style cheesecake myself.
No ginger, lemon or raisins. EVER.

dizzydixies Wed 09-Jul-08 21:47:52

seriously - nobody else for the white chocolate??!

CantSleepWontSleep Wed 09-Jul-08 21:50:35

Chocolate and cheesecake should never be mixed.

Waitrose do the most divine NY cheesecake pavlov. Have you tried it?

totalmisfit Wed 09-Jul-08 21:51:42

baked with raisins, lemon and vanilla... mmmm... I have to make that again.

WilfSell Wed 09-Jul-08 21:52:15

I like:

baked WITH raisins
chilled with LOTS of lemon and made with fresh Quark and digestives.

NO chocolate or pink-jam-food-product

stealthsquiggle Wed 09-Jul-08 21:52:20

[evil cackle]

the thread is turning towards my own inclination (identical to Pavlov's)grin

Dizzy - your suggestion leaves me torn as I hate white chocolate but I suspect the recipient might love it...

girlandboy Wed 09-Jul-08 21:53:41

Chilled, not baked.
NO RAISINS EVER.

Need a good thick layer of fruit topping.

jojo76 Wed 09-Jul-08 21:55:09

Oh,can I join in this discussion? I would LOVE to know about the white chocolate one, I love cheesecake and white chocolate! I always make an Annabel Karmel one. It's easy, always turns out gorgeous, and it always gets lots of compliments.....if you want the recepie?! Its just a simple baked one, with the option of sultanas, but Ive never put them in....

dizzydixies Wed 09-Jul-08 21:55:37

stealth I made is as dh is a white chocolate fan and now I have to make it for every family gathering/party/work do/ just because occassion ever

its lovely on its own or with strawberry/raspberry topping too smile

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