By Special Request: Gluten-Free Limoncello Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

My oldest son, one of our children who cannot eat gluten, chocolate limoncello cheesecake 2recently sent (via text message, naturally) a special request. He discovered Perugina Dark Chocolate Limoncello candy bars, a flavor combination he thinks sounds pretty delicious. The candy bar’s ingredients, however, are as follows: sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, natural flavors (wheat), sunflower lecithin, artificial flavor. Could I, he wondered, come up with some dark chocolate, limoncello treat that is also gluten-free? Perhaps cheesecake, he added? Those proverbial wheels started spinning in my mind and I drew from various cheesecake recipes I’ve made in the past to come up with the dark chocolate limoncello cheesecake I made for his birthday this month. Continue reading

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Not Guilty: Gluten-Free Limoncello Cheesecake Supreme

“Cheesecake packs a sensual wallop unlike anything in the natural world because it is a brew of megadoses of agreeable stimuli which we concocted for the express purpose of pressing our pleasure buttons” Steven Pinker (The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature)

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” Julia Child (qtd by Steve Behrens in “Julia Child Quenched Our Hunger for Loving and Living”)

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” Julia Child (qtd by Nancy Barr in Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child)

Julia Child also said, “I’m awfully sorry for people who are taken in by all of today’s dietary mumbo jumbo. They are not

Gluten-Free Limoncello Cheesecake Supreme

getting any enjoyment out of their food.” I agree with Julia on many points. On most points, and especially on this point. Consider the common cheesecake. It’s a much maligned food, these days, simply because it contains a large amount of fat and sugar. Sadly, some people who have no physiological reason to restrict their diets will avoid eating a piece of cheesecake as ardently as they avoid shaking hands with a sniffling person during flu season. I have friends and relatives who will skip cheesecake altogether if it is offered as dessert, or if they do give into temptation (for what normal, red-blooded human being is not tempted by a thick, rich, luscious, soft, delectable piece of cheese cake?), they spend the next three days self-flagellating because they were “bad” for having indulged their taste-buds with something as innocent as a concoction of cheese and sugar. Continue reading