It’s all in the crust. I changed it to a pressed shortbread a’ la lemon bars and it worked perfectly. I played with three versions – ginger shortbread, ginger cardamom shortbread (I don’t like this combo, but it DID place #2 so I thought I’d try it again) and ginger shortbread with a white chocolate layer between crust and custard.
I also whipped up a lemon swirl cheesecake with a gingersnap crumb crust.
My tasters narrowed it down to the cheesecake and the tart with the layer of white chocolate. Now the tricky part – the final decision:
Them: They’re both good.
Me: But which one do you like better
Them: I don’t know, they are both good and completely different
Me: OK, but if you were going to order one of them for dessert…
Them: I’d order crème brulee. I always order crème brulee.
Me: Crème brulee is not a choice. If there are only two desserts on the
menu – the tart and the cheesecake, which one would you order?
Them: I wouldn’t order a lemon dessert. But if someone gave me either I would be happy.
Me: If you had to ORDER one…
Them: So, you’re saying the dessert CAME with the meal and I had to order…then I’d ask the server which one they liked better.
Me: OK, let’s say the server said both of them were good.
Them: I would ask the server if the cheesecake was New York style. I don’t like York Style cheesecake, it’s too dry.
Me: I don’t like New York style either. So the server says, “no”.
Them: I’d order the cheesecake.