Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts but I rarely make it; I lack control when it comes to this creamy goodness. Oddly enough, the first time I tasted Cheesecake I did not like it. I was coming from a country where our desserts are not nearly as rich as what’s commonly found in the States, so I could only eat just a tiny spoonful at a time. Since I’m not one to give up, I tried it again and lo and behold, not only could I eat an entire slice but I loved it!! My taste buds were officially Americanized.
These days I try to stay away from temptation so it was a real treat when I made these Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake Bars. One of the things I love about cheesecake besides the taste is how easy it is to make. No special technique is needed and even a beginning baker can produce stunning results. I was able to whip it up quickly, which is key these days since there’s a 3 year old always needing my attention. I decided to add strawberry swirls since it was the week of Valentine’s and I wanted to be festive, plus my husband loves it. I made bars but you can easily make a traditional round cheesecake by using a 9 inch pan and adjusting the baking time to about 40 minutes.