You’ll Say Cheese While Eating This Cake

Amy Brookes is a cheese-cake star, in my book. With no formal training in baking, Amy makes one of the best cheesecakes I have ever tasted. If you don’t know me, I am one of those “I am full but will have dessert” guys. I have had my share of cheesecakes from all over the world, and Cake Envy in downtown Honolulu deserves some medals.

Amy has a few secrets she couldn’t share with us, but she did give us a recipe we can all try to follow. Please call me after you make this one. I am coming over!


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* 15 vanilla sandwich cookies, blended fine
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 3 blocks cream cheese, room temperature
* 4 eggs
* 2 tablespoons Aunty Lilikoi Concentrate

Add cookies to blender, chopper or food processor. Blend until fine crumbs are formed. Press cookies into a springform pan/mold and put in freezer for 10-15 minutes to form crust.

Blend sugar and cream cheese in mixer until well blended.

Add eggs and continue blending.

Stop to scrape sides occasionally and continue blending until ingredients are incorporated.

Add lilikoi concentrate and blend for one more minute.

Remove crust from freezer, pour cream cheese mixture over crust. Place pan in water bath and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Once cheesecake is done, you can opt to leave it in the oven with the door ajar for 30-45 minutes. This, along with cooking in a water bath, will prevent your cheesecake from cracking.

Once at room temperature, place cheesecake in refrigerator for at least two hours.

When ready to serve, prepare the glaze.

For Glaze (Gelee):

* 1/2 cup water
* 1/4 cup granulated sugar
* 2 tablespoons Aunty Lilikoi Concentrate
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Add water, sugar and lilikoi concentrate to a small pot and whisk on medium heat one to two minutes.

Add cornstarch and whisk until sauce thickens. You can allow to cool to room temperature, then pour over entire cheesecake or drizzle on individual pieces.

Watch Amy Brookes of Cake Envy on Cooking Hawaiian Style on OC16 channels 12 and 1012. Visit for more affordable and healthy recipes from AlohaCare.