Cheesecake is great for any reason and any day of the year. I added dyed cake batter for the swirly effect, and the result in heaven on a plate, or in the palm of your hand! I know it will be hard to resist sharing, but you should! Makes a great potluck dish for pride or the upcoming solstice. Celebrate, the Sun, Life and Love with sweets!
Cheesecake Bars Serves 6-8
1 stick butter
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
**1 recipe of white cake batter divided into 6 portions
16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1tsp lemon zest
Gel Food Dye colors (purple, red, orange, yellow, green, blue)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter and combine with crumbs. Mix until a sandy texture is formed. ( pinch mix, it should hold a shape. Adjust with more butter or crumbs if needed)
Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit a 9*13 pan then grease the paper and pan sides. Press crumb mixture to the bottom, in an even layer. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cooled it should feel firm.
With a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle or a hand mixer, soften the cream cheese. Add eggs one at a time to incorporate. Add sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Pour mixture over the crumb base.
Prepare your favorite cake batter and divide into 6 portions. Add gel coloring to achieve desired color. With a spoon drizzle colored batter over the cheesecake filling in whatever design usings all the colors ( you will need about 2 spoonfuls for each color, use the rest of the batter to make a cake!)
Once you are done, use a chopstick, skewer or knife and swirl the batter into the cheesecake ( don’t go too deep or it will pierce the crumb)
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until cheesecake sets but has a slight jiggle in the middle ( you can also test with a butter knife). Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool, chill in the refrigerator for 8 hrs or overnight.
To cut, run a knife along the edges and invert to a flat surface, remove the paper and flip back over. Place a knife in hot water, wipe and cut. Keep heating and wiping between cuts to avoid getting crumbs on the other pieces. Serve