The Best Classic Cheesecake

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For Thanksgiving this year, we were lucky again to be part of a Brazilian menu which included a fresh salad recipe, a salt cod dish (typical to Portugal and Brazil) called Bacalhau (recipe coming!), and then finishing with classic Brazilian brigadeiros (little balls of condensed milk and cocoa powder) and this incredible cheesecake recipe. The printable cheesecake recipe below is a classic from a Brazilian magazine from 15 years ago. This classic cheesecake dessert recipe is not too sweet and has a perfect creamy texture. The addition of the rich and sweet fresh blackberries makes for a dessert recipe that I come back to anytime that a cheese cake recipe is needed. The great thing about this dessert recipe is that you can use the base with any sort of topping that suits your taste buds or menu.

This cheese cake recipe is a great way to use up those fresh blackberries you picked, as an ingredient in the blackberry jelly topping. This is the perfect fresh berry dessert to enjoy in the summertime when blackberries are abundant along country roads and farmers markets. And this cake recipe looks as good as it tastes, you'll want to bring it along to a summer potluck or picnic for everyone to enjoy. The crust is made with graham crackers, but you can use chocolate or vanilla wafers too. You will want to m ake sure and read through the instructions first before making so you get all the step right. And make sure to let the cheese cake recipe properly set before serving. You can make this fresh berry dessert the night before serving to ensure that the cheese cake recipe is set all the way through. For this fresh berry dessert and other cake recipes, you'll want to take a look at the Grandmothers Kitchen site.

Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are fruits that taste their best during the summer months. There is nothing quite like picking fresh berries to eat on their own or to use in fresh berry desserts. And while berries are best when they are just picked, they can be enjoyed all year long, in your smoothie recipes, fun breakfast ideas and dessert recipes. This fresh berry dessert is a great way to enjoy fresh blackberries, and this cheesecake will also work with fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries and fresh blueberries. It's the perfect fresh berry dessert the whole family will love.

When it comes to fresh berries, you want to avoid the bad ones. Fresh strawberries should be fragrant and brightly colored, with no white or green patches near the strawberry stems. Blackberries and raspberries should be nice, plump and shiny. Blueberries are a berry that should be firm and not too hard. To help prolong the life of berries, you will want to store them properly. Berries don't have a very long shelf life, and their peak flavor and texture will only last about two to three days. So unless you are going to use the fresh berries right away, it is best to freeze them to enjoy later.

To help prolong the life of your blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, make sure to discard any berries that are moldy or overripe. Then put the remaining berries, unwashed, into a container that is lined with paper towels to help absorb any moisture. Make sure to refrigerate. When ready to use, wash quickly in cold water. To keep berries for later use, you can freeze them. Put the dry berries on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer, and then stick it in the freezer. Once the berries are frozen, you can then put them into a container or into a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer for up to one year. When you have fresh berries, take advantage and make a fresh berry dessert, as they won't last long, and this is always the best way to enjoy them. You can also enjoy berries all year long in berry preserves and jam recipes. **

Nutrition Facts for: The Best Classic Cheesecake From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Graham crackers, butter, cream cheese, lime juice, eggs, vanilla extract, granulated sugar, salt, blackberries, water, sugar.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for servings. * Per Serving: Calories 504, Calories from Fat 267, Total Fat 29.7g 46%, Saturated Fat 16.5g 83%, Cholesterol 130mg 43, Sodium 436mg 18%, Potassium 221mg 6%, Carbohydrates 53.3g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 14%, Sugars 34.0g, Protein 9.2g, Vitamin A 22%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 8%, Iron 14%

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