It all happened within the first few weeks of my arrival in the US. To their utter horror, my friends realized that I had no clue what M & M’s were; that I had never heard of this thing called peanut butter; and horror of horrors, I was totally ignorant about something called a cheesecake.
The fact was that I came from a middle-class Bengali household and had spent 99.999% of my life having good old home cooked Indian food. I knew all about rice and dal and fish and curries and gulab jamuns. But I’d never had Mexican or Thai food before (how on earth did I live my life without it?!), never had a burger (gasp!) nor had I … wait for it … opened a can of soda until I came to the US!! Yup, soft drinks are served in glass bottles in India, so that was a first for me! (I muffed it the first time – broke the little ring off, had to borrow quarters from a friend to get another one from the vending machine. Talk about epic fail).
Anyway, when my friends realized how woefully ignorant I was about the plethora of good food available in the US, they decided to take me under their wings. In one fell swoop I was introduced to M & M’s, peanut butter and the loveliest of them all – the cheesecake. Smooth, creamy, luscious cheesecake that I have had pretty much on every birthday, every special occasion and numerous times in between.
It’ll suffice to say that my life has never been the same again.
It’s another matter that my waistline has also never been the same again.
This was my second attempt at making a cheesecake and now that I have made it both ways ( baked and not baked), I am never going to bake another cheesecake in my life!! The no bake process is so much simpler and hassle free! ( And the top will never, ever crack! Bonus!)
I loved the lighter texture of the cake and the orange zest just added that right amount of zing to the cream cheese. You can see the little orange bits in the pictures – don’t they look pretty? The thick crust too had just the right amount of sweetness and the addition of nutella really made it special! And that topping!! I have a thing going on for strawberries and oranges right now – I just love, love, love that combination!
See the cake? Know why I can only show you half of it? ‘Cos the other half is gone!! Slurped up and licked off the plate!
Please go make one. You don’t know what you are missing out on!
Here is the recipe -