Happy Friday, everyone!
As the entries are pouring in to our Cheesecake of the Year contest, I am enjoying each and every one. They all have something fun and special about them and they all look so tasty! Today, I've chosen to spotlight a selection of recipes that use fruit to dress up their cheesecakes.
First, we have two fabulous banana treats:
The Banana Bliss Cheesecake, submitted by jangle, is what she calls "the perfect combination of bananas and peanut butter!" Bananas and peanut butter in cheesecake? I'm in heaven!
Jen H put bananas to wonderful use, accompanying the strawberry -- classic! -- in her Banana Burst Cheesecake. Her daughter has always loved banana and strawberry and she has always loved to experiment with desserts! "I thought this would be fun for the kids & a hit with the adults."
Let's not forget the power of citrus! As we mentioned in our Cheesecake 101: The Toppings post, the zing of citrus goes so well with a creamy cheesecake:
Urb'n'Spice describes her Citrus and Vanilla Cheesecake as "quite refreshing with its citrus zest and fresh citrus juice."
And in a more autumnal blend, Terri Gilson's Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding Cheesecake is, to quote Terri, "a union of tasty cranberry bread pudding, light Philadelphia cream cheese, ricotta, citrus caramel sauce, with an unexpected and welcome toffee crunch." Wow -- there is nothing in that list of deliciousness that doesn't excite me!
Dollydom mixes the magic of citrus with the magic of blueberries in her Lemonberry Cheesecake. "With the crispy crust, lemony glaze and the pop of fresh blueberries in a seductively rich filling," says dollydom, "this cheesecake is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!"
Leigh-Ann presents a very berry-full treat with her Newfoundland Partridgeberry Cheesecake. Her entry showcases partridgeberries, a "Newfoundland favorite" that pop up this time of year!
Thanks so much to all of you who have submitted wonderful cheesecakes to our contest. The contest ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET, so get your entries in by then for your chance to win $5,000, have your cheesecake featured in Canadian Living Magazine and, of course, the title of Cheesecake of the Year! And, remember, every entry has a chance in our weekly random draw for a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer and in this, our final week, we're giving away TWO! Click HERE to read more and enter now!
Good luck, everyone, and have a lovely weekend!