This recipe for Shavuot has some family background. While growing up in the kitchen with my mother learning the family secret traditional recipes,there was this urban myth that my father had one or two creations of his own. The one creation was my fathers cheesecake. This was a cheesecake that was made not too frequently,but when it was made it was sure a treat. The process was like being with a scientist in a lab making something that would cure-all your woes. As a child I was in awe, always saying that one day, I would be past this torch of creamy decadent goodness of a secret recipe. So as I got older it came to that one day I was looking forward to. Then my dad sat down with me and took out my mothers cook book which held the holy grail of recipes. There was this bright light that had shone down upon me and then I took it in my hand and grasped it for dear life. I then had an opportunity to gaze my eyes upon it. The edges of the cardboard paper were worn down as if was passed down from my grandfather. I read the recipe and it was so simple but yet sounded so delicious. I then proceeded to turn over this cardboard recipe and I saw the words Philadelphia cream cheese. Wow my dad had given his recipe to Kraft?, oh wait it is Kraft’s recipe. Even though I was in surprise, I was still in delight having the opportunity to have a recipe being bestowed upon me.
So this brings me to my recipe for cheese cake for the Shavuot holiday which we will be celebrating in the next few weeks. I have taken the family Philadelphia recipe and put a spin on it. I have combined it with another favorite of mine from Brazil which are Brigadeiro.
A Brigadeiro are a soft sweet, or candy, made from sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder. They are usually covered with chocolate sprinkles, coconut, nuts as a topping. They are usually formed into small one-bite balls. They are very rich, somewhat like a chocolate truffle in mouth-feel, and incredibly sweet.The Brigadeiro was created in the 1940s to pay respect to Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, who ran unsuccessfully for the Presidency of Brazil in 1946 and 1950. This topping really brings the whole cake together for an amazing delicious creamy sweet decant dessert to surely complete your Shavuot table.