Cheesecake for two in two minutes. It’s a mouthful, I know.
I’ve got a bit of a cheesecake problem, if that wasn’t already obvious by the recipes in my Sweet & Simple cookbook.
I’m not going to count the renditions of cheesecake in the book, but some people have, and we’re all very happy about it. We should probably start a cheesecake club (email me).
It’s hard not to be happy when cheesecake is near you. It’s hard not to slow down and enjoy life while eating it.
Speaking of slowing down, I’ve got big plans for this summer. Mainly: an attitude adjustment.
I’m going to relax and enjoy the pace of summer. I’m going to savor every minute of the extra daylight hours, and show Camille just how wonderful this time of year is.
I’m vowing to lean into summer. I’m going to be a good Mom this summer. I’m going to be a good wife. I’m going to be a good hostess. I’m going to roll with the punches when it comes to all of the traveling we have coming up for the book tour and moving to a new state. It’s a lot. Yes, but I have cheesecake. So it’s probably going to be okay. Probably.
My To Do lists have been a little extreme lately. I’m leaving little time for relaxation during the day, because I take so much joy in crossing things off my list (all the things!). But, I had a big warning flag the other day: I noticed my recently retired neighbor enjoying coffee on his deck at 10:30am…and I was overrun with jealousy. I was jealous of his lazy morning! That he totally deserves for working for 40+ years!
So, we’re going to make a few changes for the summer.
My first step is to write ‘make Camille happy’ on my list everyday.
I started last week, and discovered that there’s something about making her happy that just calms me down for the rest of the day. Even if we all we do is go the library and read books together while sitting in the play train. Or, even if it’s just a quick trip the zoo to see the penguins or a drive to the Bird Sanctuary to check on her favorite vultures, the times when Camille is happy, I’m happy and calm, too. It spills over into the rest of my day.
Today’s happy moment was when Camille stripped down to a diaper and played in a water fountain at the park. My husband and I sat on the edge and just enjoyed watching her play. Our phones were in the car, the sun was shining–there was nothing to do in the moment except enjoy Camille. It was lovely and perfect, as a summer day should be.
Today’s other happy moment was enjoying this no bake cheesecake for two. Camille ate all the fruit first, and then her little eyes lit up when she tasted the cold, creamy cheesecake.
I whip up these cheesecakes for two in ramekins in minutes. And while you might call me crazy because it doesn’t have a crust, I say ‘hush hush, take a bite, babe, and then tell me what you were gonna say.’
Start making cheesecake for two now, and then scale them up for your Memorial Day and 4th of July crowds, because a red, white and blue dessert that tastes this good should be on repeat all summer long.
The recipe comes from my latest cookbook, which is full of simple quick desserts for two. And you’re probably going to need a copy.
Here’s a little HOW TO VIDEO of exactly how to make it:
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- fresh fruit, for serving
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on HIGH until it's soft and creamy, about 30 seconds.
- In another small bowl, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Add half of the whipped cream to the cream cheese, and beat on medium speed until combined. Repeat with the remaining half.
- Divide the cheesecake between two ramekins.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Serve with fresh berries.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92 Total Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 1g