Nancy's Passover Cheesecake
When it comes to food, the Rousso household is known for many things – larger-than-life omelets, over-the-top appetizer orders, and big family dinners, to name a few. In this family, food and festivity are synonymous. Every holiday brings its own batch of recipes to look forward to, and every favorite dish is doted upon with a mini celebration of its own, holiday or not.That notion still stands comes springtime, when Passover seder signals an unleavened week of eating to follow. Most Jewish families anticipate a week of limited menus. The Roussos look forward to Nancy’s Passover cheesecake.The secret is making the right Passover-friendly crust that lets her cheesecake flavors shine. Over the past decade she’s tested the lot. Mashed macaroons? Too mushy. The key? Kosher-for-Passover cookies that are still firm, like Manischewitz chocolate chip cookies, crumbled. With the cookie crust conquered, the flavor possibilities are nearly endless. Nancy has her own go-tos – some years it’s caramel, others white chocolate – but bakers observing Passover can make any cheesecake recipe they’d like on top of her creative crust. She shared with us her classic Passover Cheesecake for starters. Just be sure to buy the highly sought-after Manischewitz cookies in advance.Serve alongside Salted Chocolate Matzo Toffee or Passover Brownies for a dessert table that will keep seder guests coming back for more.
Be sure to use full fat cream cheese for correct consistency.
Equipment Option: Substitute springform pan for a silicone mold, like a Bon Cook Large Round Flexipan Mold. Reduce baking temperature when using.