Saturday, April 4, 2009

My "Personal" Version of Cheesecake

Here is pictured my personal version of cheesecake. I am actually not a big fan of cheesecake, although I do enjoy a slice of exceptionally good cheesecake, once in a while. There is a family in our area of the country that produces one of "the BEST" cheesecakes ever! It is a family business and it started with the mother in the family producing one amazing cheesecake. Her husband(if I understand the story correctly), took the recipe, reproduced it and took it to local restaurants. The rest is history. This company has grown and you can find" Pellman Cheesecakes" in restaurants and grocery stores throughout the eastern United States. Like I said, I only indulge in a slice of this gem, once in a great while. The rest of the time, this is how I enjoy cheesecake.



I take one or more(depending on how many parfaits that I want to serve), of Weight Watcher's strawberry, cherrry or blueberry cheesecake yogurt. Today I used the cherry cheesecake because I was out of the strawberry cheesecake yogurt, but it tasted every bit as good. I layer graham cracker crumbs in a glass parfait dish. I add the cheesecake yogurt, sliced fresh strawberries(or blueberries or sweet cherries), a dollop of light Cool Whip, and then I repeat layers of the same. I refrigerate the parfaits for at least a few hours, and sometimes a day or two. The flavors blend so nicely over time. It is so quick, easy, low in calories and refreshing. Perfect to serve for a ladies luncheon or dinner. I do not know much about the Weight Watcher's plan, but I do know they sure do make good yogurt.

Over the years, my favorite real cheesecake recipe, that I make especially over the summer is called "Spring Breeze Cheesecake". I found it in a magazine years ago. Every time that I make it, I get asked for the recipe. Here is it; 1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup sour cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip, thawed, 1 Keebler Ready-Crust Graham Cracker pie crust(although I usually make my own with graham crackers). Beat cheese until smooth; gradually beat in sugar. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. Fold in Cool Whip, blending well. Spoon into crust. Chill until set, at least 4 hours, or overnight. When I serve this, I always serve it with a bowl of fresh cut up fruit(strawberries, peaches, blueberries, or cherry pie filling. So now, whether you have access to the store bought exceptionally good Pellman's cheesecake, or you want to go to a much lighter version as my own personal version, or if you want to make your own cheesecake and you need a light, airy and delicious version as the "Spring Breeze Cheesecake", the choice is up to you. I can vouch for all three types...they are so good! Even my husband enjoys my personal low calorie version. Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

9 comments:

LisaShaw said...

Hi precious!

Looks good but I don't like cheesecake :( I know many do but I just can't eat it. Never could. You can add fifty million pieces of wonderful fruit, etc. to it and I still can't stomach it.

I'm probably missing out on something good.

Love ya.

lindsey said...

This looks amazing. I love your blog!!

Shellmo said...

I love a real good cheesecake and I love your fun recipe! Perfect for a little spring treat!!

Happy @ Home said...

I like the sounds of your personal version of cheesecake. I think I am going to try it for my husband and I. We both love fresh fruit and this sounds like the perfect way to end dinner :-)

LisaShaw said...

Sweet Judy,

I just read and responded to your email and then I read your message aloud to my hubby and he said, "wait a minute...what about me?" He said, he'd love to eat the cheescake. I then came back over to show him your blog and he tried to climb into the photo of the cheescake. We are so much alike because I have tried to poke my finger in and grab some of your other wonderful foods you've posted.

Just had to share this with you.

Love you much.

Charmingdesigns said...

I am so glad you came by to visit my blog~~~ I am a big fan of yogurt, so I will give this a try. Your blog is wonderful. I had such a nice time getting to know you. Laurie

Alison said...

I've grown up on Pellman Cheesecakes...it's really the only kind that I truly like! It's just got the most amazing texture...

I'll have the try the weight watchers yogurt cheesecake...I think it might be easier on my waistline than the Pellman cake :)

Brooke said...

Yeaaa!! I alway love reading your blog and seeing what creative things you are coming up with, but I must say this one is a personal favorite:) My dad is going to feel so honored!

Tracy said...

Great tips! I (unfortunately) LOVE cheesecake, but rarely indulge in its goodness. I'm looking forward to trying both of these recipes! Being on WW, we nearly always have their yogurt in the fridge. = ) Thanks!

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