Hay, Hay…it’s Cheesecake all the way!

 Well in great surprise to me, I won HHDD #9, souffles. I say a great surprise since I forgot about it and threw it together that morning based on what was in the fridge. Though, sometimes when that happens is when you get the best things. I would like to thank Tami from Running with Tweezers for hosting and a special thanks for the AWESOME gift of Donna Hay’s newest cookbook, Instant Entertaining. And most importantly thanks to everyone who voted for me. If you are unfamiliar with this beloved event, head on over to see Barb at Winoandfoodies to see what it is all about.
Upon winning Hay Hay it’s Donna Day I came to the scary realization that I would have to host the next round. Tami does such a nice job(she has won twice now) that I would be lying if I told you I am not intimidated. Anyway, it did not take my long(once I stopped hyperventilating) to figure out what I wanted to make. What do I love and is so versatile at the same time?…. CHEESECAKE!!! And so there it is, your theme for this round of HHDD. The possibilities are endless with cheesecake and so I hope you will get nice and creative with these! I look forward to everyone’s entries.

Here are all of the important details:

You may make a sweet or savory cheesecake. The only requirement is that it be made with some sort of cheese.
You must post your cheesecake no later than March 17th, 2007.
Once you post, please send an email to luvbriere (at) gmail (dot) com with the following information: the name of your blog, the name of your recipe, your name, your location, and a permalink to your post.
The roundup will be posted & voting will begin on March 24th with a winner to be announced on March 31st.
The winner will receive a theme based prize to be named later and, most importantly, the chance to host the next Hay Hay It’s Donna Day!

To get you started, here is Donna Hay’s version of Classic Baked Cheesecake. If you are from the states it wont seem all that classic as it’s main ingredient is ricotta and not cream cheese like we are use to. But this just shows you the diversity that cheesecake has to offer.

Classic Baked Cheesecake

110g (3 1/2 oz) plain sweet biscuits, crushed (I assumed this was like shortbread which I didn’t have so I used vanilla wafers)
2/3 cup almond meal(almond flour)
60 g(2 oz) butter, melted
1 1/2 TBSP cornflour(cornstarch)
1 1/2 TBSP water
330g(11 oz) cream cheese, softened
460g(15 oz) fresh ricotta cheese
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 TBSP finely grated lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice

To make the base, process the biscuits in a food processor until crushed. Add the almond meal and butter and process until combined. Grease a 20cm(8-inch) spring form pan and line the base with non-stick baking paper. Press the biscuit mixture over the base and refrigerate. Preheat the oven to 150C(300F). To make the filling, mix the cornflour with the water to make a smooth paste. Process the cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add the cornflour mixture, ricotta, eggs, sugar, lemon rind and lemon juice and process until smooth. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the base and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes(my 4inch ones took and hour) or until set. Refrigerate until cold. Serve cut into wedges with thick double cream. Serves 8.
Source: Adapted from Modern Classics Book 2 by Donna Hay

For other inspirations check out my recipe index which list a variety of cheesecakes I have made(9 in total)…plus I plan on making a few more this month, so check back and see.




  1. That is awesome! Nine CheeseCakes!!!

  2. Great choice. I hosted such an event on my blog last September (in French), and choose the Cheescake as a theme. I got 97 entries! People got crazy in love with this dessert! Hope you get such enthousiasm. Congrats on your winning as well!

  3. I love this-I could dig right in-just had my fill all last week in NYC of cheesecakes. It would not take much to twist my arm to bake another,especially if it turned out as well as yours!

  4. That looks fabulous Peabody. Good luck hosting.

  5. Okay already! Cheesecake, chocolate cupcakes, cormeal muffins…I think I have gained ten pounds this week on your blog alone….ha ha ha. Looks decadent. Cheesecake Factory look out….

  6. I think I may have to participate in my first HHDD!!! Love the theme, Peabody!

  7. YAY!!! Cheesecake!!

    The only bad thing is that my first (and as of yet, only) cheesecake I have ever made was your pumpkin swirl one. :)

    Oh well, it will force me to maybe try a new one!

  8. Oh dear, I can see this round isn’t going to be kind to my waistline! Adore cheesecake!

  9. I haven’t ever bothered to check out donna hay… but now since you’ll be the host :D I’ll go see.
    I always prefer ricotta cheese (and its cake), yours has such an amasing color!

  10. What a great choice! Too bad I will missing it this month as I will be gone! I will look for great entries, I am sure!

  11. I need more people to give food away to… I would happily make and eat 9 cheesecakes, but that would be a bad thing.

  12. What a great idea. I may have to get out the recipe box and see whats exciting…

  13. mmmm divine, I think I have the perfect idea for this one… now I need to find a great recipe and tweak it a little. Great theme!

  14. Cheesecake. Yum. I may have to think about entering my first one too.

  15. An excuse to make a cheesecake! Yay!!!! And spring break is coming up, so I’ll have time.

  16. Cheesecake……….YUM! I’ll be joining in on this one! Cheers!

  17. I love cheesecake… and since you are hosting I just may have to enter this one!
    Your cheesecake looks divine!

  18. How exciting! I have been waiting to see what you would come up with :) Cheesecake sounds great! Can’t wait to start :)

  19. Your cheesecake looks amazing, and I’m sorry that I’m not going to be able to take part due to my lack-of-camera :( Can’t wait to see the round-up though!

  20. congrats again…and i’m so glad you’re enjoying your cookbook – i need to buy that one for myself! cheesecake is going to be a new one for me…but i’m up to the challenge! thanks for hosting :)

  21. ooh, my, this does look nice!

  22. I’m sooo tempted! I have a wedding-gifted spring form pan in need of christening :)

  23. I’ve never had a cheesecake containing ricotta, but this one looks really moist and tempting…

  24. I find it difficult to look at your blog now without getting insanely jealous at your cooking and baking skills.

    Please stop showing the rest of us up. ;)

  25. I am all over this.. can’t wait =)

  26. Oh, sure . . . and I made cheesecake too early (for the Oscars)!

  27. Someone’s cheesecake made the BakeSpace newsletter! Just above someone else’s cupcakes ;)

  28. ooooh peabody this looks wonderful. drooool, swoon….

  29. I would be proud to participate in this cheesy event if you consider my cheesecake worth it.

    I can translate it for you.
    Best wishes

  30. We are happy to participate to this event. Kisses from Greece.

  31. I’m upset that I missed this event, I would have liked to compete! Nice looking cake, very well done :)

  32. Great round up! I had fun! :) Now for the tough part…choosing just one favorite!

  33. oops! this was meant for the round up post…yikes!

  34. My god, I LOVE that first shot! I think it defines the meaning of a “picture popping out!” Excellent!


  1. […] Yes, I know… my HHDD #10 Cheesecake will appear sometime today, promise! […]

  2. […] Peabody over at Culinary Concotions is hosting this round of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day! And this go round it’s Chessecake! I will admit to being a bit behind in my Donna Hay knowledge as I should be–I really only started hearing of her when I entered the food blog world…but the event has always sounded like such fun I was happy I was able to take part this time. To see all those luscious cheesecake entries–all with better photos than mine, I’m sure! *smile*–go here. […]

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