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Cheesecake – New York Style!

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Junior’s. If you say that to a New Yorker, most likely, cheesecake springs to mind! The original Junior’s is in Brooklyn, New York and opened in 1950. I can still see Bonnie, my childhood friend’s eyes get large at the mere mention of Junior’s. She always got blueberry and I got cherry. It was heavenly.

When my friend Jan’s birthday came up I offered to make her a cake. I expected her to choose chocolate or carrot, two of my specialties. When she said cheesecake I got excited and squealed, “Piña Colada!”

Silence.

I quietly said, “New York?”

She smiled over the phone, “Yes.”

New York style sounds simple, but it’s not – not if you want an authentic one. Buying one from Trader Joe’s, destroying the packaging and putting it on a plate occurred to me. Nope. Couldn’t do it.

So I Googled Junior’s Cheesecake. Hmmm, I could have one flown in. But, not only would that bust my budget, it wouldn’t be handmade by me which Jan would recognize as a gift from the heart. So, I set about my task and strategized about how to make this luxury item as frugally as possible – I am a prime example of “Champagne taste on a beer budget!”

Grocery Outlet, Bargain Market (the jingle plays in my head whenever I go there) to buy the three-pound block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese for $4.99. The recipe called for a quarter cup of cake flour. One-fourth of a cup! The smallest package of cake flour I had ever seen was two pounds, or thirty-two ounces. A one-quarter cup is two ounces. Therefore I would have enough cake flour to make sixteen cheesecakes! I had never seen cake flour at Grocery Outlet (jingle playing in my head – baargaaain maarket!) so my plan was to gather as many ingredients as possible before going to Nob Hill Market to get the rest. I had seen lemon extract at the Dollar Store a while back and just maybe they would still have it; a necessary item for the famous Junior’s sponge cake crust. The recipe called for two drops.

Sure enough, neither bargain stores had cake flour so off I went to Nob Hill. I felt happy to pay the $4.29 for the Softasilk since I got all the other ingredients so cheap. And surely, word would spead about this cake and I would be invited to barbecues all summer if I agreed to bring dessert!CheeseCake-500pix

By the way, Jan and her hubby, Reid, raved about the cheesecake. If you want the recipe, send me your email and I will get it to you!

7 thoughts on “Cheesecake – New York Style!

  1. I would love the recipe. Can it possibly measure up to your famous Tropical Cheesecake? Looks absolutely beautiful!

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  2. Sounds and looks like the real deal…and from one Brooklyn gal to another, nothing is quite as delicious as homemade cheesecake with a Juniors recipe! Good for you and happy birthday to Jan! Keep writing.

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