The bride, Dvon, loves the vanilla bean cheesecake from a certain restaurant named after a certain weekday. So after a little research, I discovered that the cheesecake is actually from a foundry, or factory, per se, that creates these confections. After even more research, I was able to find a copycat recipe that had rave reviews. The recipe is as follows (I doubled it so I could have enough to make a 10" cheesecake with a bit left over for an extra little 6" cheesecake! :))
- 1 1/2 c crushed graham crackers
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c melted butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 16 oz cream cheese
- 1 c sour cream
- 2 Tbsp corn starch
- 1c sugar
- 2 Tbsp softened butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped
Mix in sugar, then add egg yolk and vanilla. Then stir in melted butter.
Line a springform pan with non-stick foil, and press the cracker mixture into the pan.
Then combine cream cheese, sour cream, corn starch, and sugar and mix well until sugar is dissolved.
|Mmmm be-speckled with vanilla goodness|
As the finishing touch, I added a layer of French Vanilla Cool-Whip ( I would have made some whipped cream from scratch, but I didn't lug my Kitchenaid with me to New York). Then I added some purple roses and silver leaves (those were the colors of the wedding) and topped it off with some shaved white chocolate. And at Dvon's request, I added white chocolate-dipped strawberries around the edge.
I was so happy to find that the cheesecake was a hit! I thought it would be pretty tough to please New Yorkers since they are probably used to amazing New York cheesecake, but they loved mine! And I managed to snag a piece, and it actually was pretty awesome, if I don't say so myself! :)
Congratulations, Dvon and Brian!