There’s Nothing’s Cheesey about National Cheesecake Day-MainPhoto

There’s Nothing’s Cheesey about National Cheesecake Day-MainPhoto

Today is National Cheesecake Day so get ready to indulge in one of America’s favorite desserts. It’s a perfect time to both satisfy your sweet tooth and experiment with items you may already have in your pantry. People assume that it originated in New York, but it actually dates back to ancient Greece. There is even evidence that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C.

Back then it was a simple recipe combining flour, wheat, honey and cheese that was formed into a cake and baked. With the addition of cream cheese in New York in the 18th century, the cake began to resemble the dessert we recognize today.

This recipe calls on Key lime pie. It has a colorful crust with a sweet and tangy, rich filling. The combination of honey and lime gives it a velvety texture and zesty goodness. This dessert is sure to become a go-to treat for holidays and entertaining.

Read Related: The Key to The Perfect Key Lime Pie

Prep Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 5 hours or overnight
Makes: 8 servings

For the Crust:
2 ½ cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
3 Tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
⅓ cup butter, melted

For the Filling:
8 ounces block-style cream cheese, room temperature
1 container (6-ounces) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
¼ cup honey
Zest of 1 lime
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Garnish:
1 cup thawed whipped topping
¼ cup Fruity Pebbles cereal
Lime twist

For the Crust:
1. In a food processor, grind cereal into a fine powder.
2. Combine ground cereal, sugar and salt in medium sized bowl.
3. Stir in the melted butter until thoroughly blended.
4. Pack mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan and press firmly to bottom and sides, bringing crumbs evenly up to the rim.
5. Chill one hour before filling.

For the Filling:
1. With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, yogurt, honey, lime zest and vanilla for 5 minutes until well combined and fluffy.
2. Spoon into prepared pie crust and smooth top.
3. Cover and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

For the Garnish:
When ready to serve, top each slice with a dollop of thawed whipped topping, a sprinkling of Fruity Pebbles cereal, and a twist of lime.

Recipe & photo courtesy Post Foods.