So the Plaza Hotel Cheesecake is in the 50 Best Cheesecakes in the World cookbook. I decided I had to try it.
It's a pretty conventional cheesecake: cream cheese, eggs, and sugar. Baked. The difference here is, when that's all done it's topped with a mixture of sour cream, vanilla, and sugar. And baked again, just for five minutes.
The result really is a great cheesecake. Not just to eat, but visually stunning as well. The two layers, different shads of white, are quite elegant when sliced. The sour cream topping, lightens the cake, so you don't feel a brick in your stomach when finished. It also lends a pleasing tang to the overall flavor, contributing to its increased complexity, while also cutting through the richness of the cream cheese layer. Paired with some fresh berries this cheesecake would make an elegant end to any meal, whether you're eating at the Plaza, or not.