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 Independence Day Cheesecake Bonanza

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Michael Stern

Independence Day Cheesecake Bonanza Sun, 07/4/10 6:25 PM (permalink)
If ever I complain about what I do for a living, someone please remind me of this Independence Day, 2010. Being in San Antonio, I got in touch with Cheryl Speakman, who many Roadfood.com users know as the mastermind of the new Flying Pig Baking Company, discussed in a recent Dessert Forum thread. I already respected Cheryl for her excellent recommendations of the Brietzke Station's pies and Home of Da Smoke barbecue west of town in Adkins (review to follow), but my meeting with her transformed respect into awe. She brought a selection of her cheesecakes to sample, one better than the next. Even flavors I wouldn't normally choose wowed me, especially this white chocolate lavender, that is equally elegant and rich:
 

 
Heck, the plain cheesecake is a Platonic ideal, but perched on a granola crust:
 

 
My far-and-away favorite is mango habanero, which perfectly balances sweet and heat, cream and fruit:
 

 
German chocolate is devastating, made with what is obviously the best quality chocolate:
 

 
And let us not neglect wasabi ginger!
 

 
... and Grand Marnier, topped with candied oranges that are as tart as the cake is sweet:
 

 
... and one of my favorite flavor combos, chocolate / chipotle:
 

 
 
If you need to try some of  these wonders -- you do, you do! -- they are available by mail as well as in several San Antonio area restaurants. Cheryl currently is working out a deal with a local bakery to sell them retail. For details, visit http://www.theflyingpigbakingco.com/ or call 210-844-8458 or email Cheryl: Cheryl@theflyingpigbakingco.com.
<message edited by Michael Stern on Mon, 07/5/10 6:14 AM>
 
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