January 13, 2005
I know I just said I wouldn't post as much about eating food, but I have to do it this time.
Cheesecake. This cheesecake here. [points at plate] This is the strangest cheesecake I have ever eaten. I bought it from a bakery on Bowery (possible called Swan Bakery) in search of something in cake form (I had gone into three other bakeries before then). I saw something called "French cheesecake" for $1.50. What made it French? The decorative red, white and blue plastic wrap around it?
The cheesecake is somewhat cakey for a cheesecake. The bottom is a layer of yellow cake, then cream, then cake, then more cream, topped off with a "skin" of something. The color of the top skin resembles creme brulee (oo, something French) although after eating it I don't know what it was made of. The cream has the slightest hint of cheesecake flavor that qualified the overall cake as cheesecake and not plain cake with a skin on top.
The real kicker is the bottom layer of cream; it has raisins in it. When I first saw little dark blobs I thought "Uh...those aren't chocolate chips." A poke uncovered their softness. Ah, raisins. In a cheesecake. Which is really cream with some cheese-esque taste. Huh? Raisins invaded the bottom layer of cream in my cake? Maybe this is French and I'm just ignorant but I think it's one of those unique Asian takes on a European dessert.
Overall, not a bad cake. I wouldn't buy it again but it wasn't bad. Light and not overly sweet, like most things from Chinese bakeries. I would correct the name though, it's as bit misleading. "Raisin cheesey cream cake" would be more correct, although it sounds a bit weird. Maybe they should name it Fred.
Posted by roboppy at 7:44 PM
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