As the winter drags on, it is easy to feel cooped up. While the only real cure is to wait patiently for the warmer weather to come, one thing that can help is to be surrounded with reminders of warmer places. What better way to do this than to eat foods that come from tropical places? Anything that will be a reminder of the beach is a definite winner! These cheesecake combinations will definitely help beat cabin fever.
Since bananas grow well in tropical locations such as Indonesia and Bali, eating anything that is banana flavored will instantly transport you to these tropical places. It also makes a nice addition to any cheesecake. The delicate flavor adds to the creaminess of classic cheesecake. Garnish your banana cheesecake with a dollop of whipped cream for extra decadence.
Coconut is also a flavor that is associated with tropical climates, particularly popular destinations such as Aruba, which is a popular destination in the Caribbean. Much of the Caribbean is dotted with coconut trees so biting into a piece of coconut-flavored cheesecake gives the instant impression that we’re sitting on one of these beaches. Now all you need is one of those frozen cocktails to wash it down!
Key limes are a citrus fruit that are always associated with the Florida Keys, a group of islands in the south of Florida that are known for warm weather and outstanding beaches. This cheesecake combination is reminiscent of key lime pie, a favorite dessert that has its roots on those islands. This brightly flavored cheesecake makes for an instant reminder of what it feels like to be in the Florida Keys – a nice image when it’s snowing, yet again.
The piña colada is one of those cocktails that are always associated with warm weather. Made from run, coconut, and pineapple, this cocktail is a pleasant addition to any beach vacation. These ingredients also taste decadent in cheesecake! You can even add a little light rum to the cheesecake before you bake it to give the cream an extra kick! Garnish with crushed pineapple, whipped cream, and even toasted coconut.
Tropical Fruit Garnishes
Another fun way to transport your classic cheesecake to the tropics is to use any of the tropical fruits, such as mango, papaya, banana, or coconut, as a garnish. You can place the fruit directly on top of the baked cheesecake or use them to make a delicious fruit syrup. To make a fruit syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water. Add about ½ cup chopped fruit of your choice, bring to a boil, and simmer until the syrup is thick. For an extra fruit boost, garnish the cheesecake with the leftover fresh fruit and spoon the syrup over the cake just before serving.