First of all what great assonance in that statement…Cheeeeeeesecake Machiiiiiiiiiismo. Well I’m giving a shout out to a little shop in Albany that goes by this very title… I recently visited this unassuming spot, owned by Lynn Beaumont and Bam Lynch, because they like me utilize the talents of one wonderful graphic designer who doesn’t mind being paid incake. (See the artwork below. www.PhilipMontelone.com)
Cheesecake Macchismo has a quaint little locale with a punk flair right in the center of Albany where they make over 290–THATS RIGHT 290 different flavors of CHEESECAKE!!! What started out as a hobby for them has quickly become a growing business and obsession, well at least for me and anybody else who has ever sampled any of their various cakes!!! (True Confessions: I ate 3 different slices of their cheesecake just this weekend…) http://www.myspace.com/CheesecakeMachismo
Lets be honest though, cheesecake…well its not cake. Its actually custard, making it ridiculously easy to screw up! First you need a pan that’s boobytrapped to unhinge, a springform pan that is. It must be baked …while soaking in a bath. It takes forever to cook (so the eggs don’t coagulate–no seriously thats why!) Then it takes its sweet time sitting in the oven while it cools. Cheesecake is as eccentric as Marie Antoinette (pictured above), and I can attest to the fact that it takes Machismo to really nail it.
Unless…unless you find this Ohhhhhh so easy recipe here on this little sight o’ mine.
Mini Cheesecakes (this one comes straight out of my mom’s recipe box)
Nilla Waffers (12)
2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese softened
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and place 1 Nilla waffer at the bottom of each. Cream the butter and cream cheese until nice and smooth. Make sure you let the cream cheese soften else you will never beat the lumps out. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla. Scoop into cups. I like to add a fruit topping. You can thin down a jam or preserve by whisking with with a few tsp of orange juice. drizzle over the top of the cheesecake mixture. Swirl a knife through to achieve an eye pleasing design. Pop in the over for at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
If you’ve had a chance to sample Machismo, consider yourself lucky. If not perhaps you can take some inspiration from the 290 Machismo flavors and spice up this quickie recipe with oreos, snickers, chocolate, ginger, boysenberries, apples, maple, chocolate stout, cinnamon, green tea…the flavor combinations go on for days. What Lynn and Bam do to cheesecake is evil, sinful, just wrong…and I mean that in the most delicious way possible. Machismo could go head to head with a Brooklyn slice any day of the week. Thankfully I live pretty far away from their shop, else I’d have a serious weight problem.