Everyone loves vanilla cheesecake! Learn how to make it and read our suggestions for the very best toppings to go with it.
Vanilla cheesecake is a classic dessert dish that's loved the world over!
But sometimes simple is best, and this recipe is for a very easy but quite wonderful cheesecake with a buttery graham-cracker crumb. There's something so addictive about the tang of the cream cheese contrasted with the sweet aromatic vanilla.
What's more, this is a very versatile recipe - you can either serve this cheesecake just as it comes, or top it with something special. Here are some ideas.
Toppings for vanilla cheesecake
1. Chocolate glaze. Just melt 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips in a small saucepan, along with 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream and a tablespoon of honey. Stir until completely smooth, cool for 5 minutes, then pour it over your prepared cheesecake. Refrigerate until the topping is set (generally around 4 hours).
2. Turtle topping. Drizzle melted chocolate and caramel all over the top of the cheesecake, forming a criss-cross pattern, then sprinkle chopped pecans over the top.
3. Blueberry syrup. Place 2 cups of fresh blueberries into a saucepan along with 1/3 cup of water and 4 tablespoons of honey. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently. Meanwhile, stir 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water, then stir this mixture into the blueberries. Continue to cook gently for about a minute, until the mixture starts to thicken. Cool, then pour over your cheesecake.
4. Fresh fruit. Well, we said the most simple ideas are often the best! Just slice fresh fruit and arrange it over the top of your cheesecake in a pattern. Good fruits to try include strawberries, peaches and mangos. Bananas taste great too, but remember that they brown quickly, so don't add them until you are ready to serve your cheesecake.