We need a little sweetness in our lives

The cheescake

Andrea Pasmay

Dear El Barrio,

As I close my eyes I picture a mouthwatering dish. It is hard to picture exactly what it is. The cocoa scent filling my nostril makes it impossible to concentrate. I can savor it in my mouth, soft, tender…delicious . So today we are going to prepare a brownie cheesecake. You might wonder were cheesecake comes from, in fact it were the Greeks who started preparing cheesecakes. Since then cheesecakes can be of any flavor. The most popular ones are apricot and cherry. Nonetheless, other cultures ended up adopting it and changing its preparation. Most cheesecakes nowadays use cream cheese, however, some countries like Denmark use Ricotta cheese. The cheesecake we are preparing today is an old recipe my mother taught me when I was young. To start off we are going to get the following:


  • 1 1/4 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • 125 grams of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or sour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 heaping tablespoon flour
  • 5 drops of almond extract

To start off we will mix the butter, only until it looks creamy. Then, we will mix the sugar, the two eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, and cocoa. Until lth mixture looks creamy. We will put mixture in the oven at 180°C. We will wait for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the consistency is a little hard (this due to the fact that it can´t get destroyed once we insert the filling). In another container mix the cream cheese, the heavy cream, sugar, butter (at room temperature), two eggs (one after the other), flour (the tablespoon), cornstarch, and 5 drops of almond extract. This is the ingredients categorized under filling. Be sure to follow my instructed order as the consistency will not turn out correctly otherwise; now we will pour this mixture into the already prepared bowl. Once again we will put it in the oven at the same temperature as before for 40 minutes. After the 40 minutes are up wait 15 minutes until it cools downs in the oven. Now we take it out and place it on the stove. This is because the container will be hot and if we place it on the kitchen counter we will ruin it. We will cover it with aluminum foil and we will wait for 4 hours until it completely cools down.  Once the 4 hours are up we will uncover it. Finally, we will decorate it with melted chocolate. Now our cake is ready to eat. First, take some pictures so you can share them with our El Barrio community.

2 Responses to “We need a little sweetness in our lives”

  1. elbarriostaff

    The direct purpose of the article is to share with the whole community a delicious recipe of an old style cheesecake. It is a fun post that catches people attention quickly and goes straight to the point.
    I wonder if there is something more behind the how you got the recipe. Is it something that has been in the family? Where did it started? I think those traditional family recipe stories are interesting.
    The way the recipe is introduces is wonderful and grabs the reader to finish the article. I like that the author gave a brief introduction about the history of the dessert, that is something that few people know and are fun facts.

    Julia Correa

  2. Martina Albuja

    The purpose of this article was to give a brief background history about cheesecakes and to share a recipe of a delicious looking cheesecake. For the decoration do we just pour the chocolate or is there an specific way of decorating it? The article was well written, and the instructions were really detailed and well done for a person to easily follow them. I really liked how you started the article by that little narrative that was full of imagery. It made you want to prepare and eat the cheesecake. Well done!


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