Years ago, my husband and I went to a renowned Japanese restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. Everything about this event was memorable, from the architecture to the multi-course degustation and the impeccable service. The staff even showed us around the kitchen just because we were drunk enough to request it (we also had the wine degustation…don’t worry, we remained positively charming throughout dinner). The one dessert amongst the many that night which made that evening so memorable was the blue cheese ice-cream. No ice-cream I’ve had since compares to it. Bummer. And so what, you might ask? Well, this cheesecake got me thinking about that wonderful meal. The more spoonfuls I ate, the more the memories kept flooding back. This cheesecake is the closest to the ice-cream of my dreams as it gets. As soon as the weather warms up, I will start tinkering with this recipe and see if I can turn it into a Stilton ice-cream.
This cheesecake was extremely easy to prepare, for a cheesecake. The texture was creamy and soft, just delightful!
A few notes:
– I’m not fond of overly airy nor dry cheesecakes so I chose to beat the mixture with a fork.
– I used some Japanese ramekins. They are larger than normal but everything cooks bakes beautifully in them. Had no trouble turning them out.
– These cheesecakes had to be baked for 45 minutes before the mixture reached 71C. I’m guessing the thickness of the ramekins had something to do with it.
– The recipe was cut by half. I’m well aware that not all recipes scale appropriately but the thought of having cheesecake for a week, well, made me feel “a little bit not nice”. Just quoting a darling four year-old Italian boy when asked how my homemade wontons tasted. You should have heard him say “a little bit not nice” with his northern Italian accent. Gorgeous! In his honour, a little bit not nice is what my husband and I now say whenever we don’t particularly care for something, whether it’s food, people, places, our appearances, whatever. It’s a little less harsh than our usual choice of wording.
– No, I did not add salt this time. It was perfect!
Wishing you all a happy week!