On Saturday I was reading my Real Simple magazine when I got the sudden urge to make a cheesecake (probably because there was a recipe for cheesecake in the magazine). I’d never made one before but the recipe said it was easy so I figured I’d give it a try. I went out to the store for ingredients, but while I was there I discovered that the recipe on the cream cheese package is even easier. CONSIDER ME SOLD.
Then I came home and discovered I needed a springform pan and several hours of refrigeration time so instead I decided to go eat ice cream sandwiches in bed.
On Sunday, after Taylor and I had brunch we went to this store on Main St, Welk’s Discount Store, because I knew they’d have springform pans. I ended up with three; a 9″ pan by itself was $10, but a set with a 9.5″, a 7″ pan and a HEART-SHAPED pan was only $13. I’D BE CRAZY NOT TO PASS THAT UP! Anyway I was determined to make the cheesecake, but by the time we got home and took the dogs to the park and blah blah blah it was almost 4 o’clock and I still needed to wash the pan and ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh just nevermind. Instead I read in the bath.
On Monday I was like THIS IS SO DUMB, I NEED TO MAKE THIS FREAKIN CHEESECAKE, I SPENT LIKE $16 ON CREAM CHEESE THAT’S JUST SITTING THERE. Once the daycare kids went down for their nap and I wasted some time on the internet I got down to serious work.
I don’t know if you’ve ever made the cream cheese package cheesecake recipe, but it LITERALLY couldn’t be easier: the crust is just graham cracker crumbs and butter, and the filling is cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs. THAT’S IT. I’m always nervous when I cook or bake something new, that it’ll turn out gross and I will have wasted a bunch of time and money, but once it was about halfway done baking I knew it was gonna turn out, because it smelled SO GOOD. In fact, the hardest part about this was waiting hours and hours for it to cool so I could try it!
I’m not a master baker so it came out all cracked on the top, I’m sure there’s some trick or technique I could use to avoid this but I don’t really care- my cheesecake is about SUBSTANCE not style. It’s not gonna win any beauty contests but it’s delicious, and that’s what really matters.