My favorite dessert in the whole world is this white chocolate cheesecake from the Olive Garden. No, I don’t go to the Olive Garden that often, but the few times I have, this dessert has left an impression. I decided that I needed to re-create this masterpiece and set out looking for recipes.
I will admit, I was scared. I had NEVER made a cheesecake before, but I wasn’t about to make the basic version and work my way up, I needed a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake and nothing else would suffice. I compared tons of recipes looking for a grouping of ingredients that would spell success, and enough instruction to get me there.
Finally I came across the recipe with great reviews that would soon become my own. My own Perfect White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake.
As I began dutifully reading the comments and suggestions, anxiety and confusion swept over me. People are very opinionated about the “proper way” to bake a cheesecake, and the consequences of not doing so seem to be perilous!
After my research I decided to make the following changes to the basic recipe:
First, The crust on bottom I made entirely from crushed up Oreos and half a stick of melted butter. I mashed up all of the Oreos and butter together with a potato masher, then pressed it into the bottom of my spring form pan.
Rather than make the raspberry sauce from scratch, I purchased seedless raspberry jam and used it instead. (I also doubled the amount used and saved some for a great topping).
Finally, I would preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and after putting the cheesecake in, reduce it to 250. After the cheesecake had baked for 1.5 hours, I turned the oven off, but left the cheesecake inside to SLOWLY cool down. (Apparently this reduces cracks and cave-ins).
With all of these adjustments in place, I made my first cheesecake. I guess the pictures are a bit of a spoiler! It turned out WELL. I must tell you, I was VERY surprised, but I must have beginners luck! I recommend this cheesecake to all of you, it was absolutely amazing!
Have you ever made a cheesecake? What are you experiences? Do tell. I’m dying to hear.