Your Holiday cheesecake doesn’t have to be boring. Spice up your cheesecake presentation with a couple of simple, quick touches with ingredients that are probably already in your refrigerator.
When I prepare a cheesecake that will be served after a big meal to a large number of guests, I like to bake the cheesecake in a 13×9 baking pan instead of a regular cheesecake pan. The small square pieces make it easier for guests and friends to take only take a small piece. When there are a couple of other desserts on the table and the main course has been enormous, not many people want an enormous piece of cheesecake. This is of course up to each baker’s own discretion and they can use whatever pan they choose.
I like the classic recipe that is on the Philadelphia cream cheese packages, but this time I used this one: Philly Cheesecake recipe. I added only one cup of heavy whipping cream instead of the two that the recipe asks for. Both of them are equally tasty.
To decorate my cheesecake platter, I simply coated blackberries, strawberries or blueberries in melted chocolate. I placed the coated berries onto the already sliced and plated cheesecake squares, then drizzled the rest of the chocolate over the cheesecake. I waited to add the fresh, uncoated berries until right before serving, since they tend to leak a little fruit juice if placed on top of a moist cheesecake.
People eat with their eyes first. Have fun and add sprinkles, candy, chocolate chips or chocolate emojis if you’re fortunate enough to find them 🙂