So for a while now I’ve had this idea to make a cheesecake based off of The Grape Thing. What is The Grape Thing you ask? It’s red grapes mixed with cream cheese, brown sugar and pecans. Basically, it’s a grape salad. I’ve seen a couple of recipes for it on Pinterest recently, but other than that most people don’t know what it is and when they see it they cringe and go “eww” and you have to force it down their throat just to get them to try it. That’s when they finally realize it’s SUPER delicious. Not that I’ve tried that or anything… just a guess.
Anyway, as I mentioned above, I’ve had this brilliant idea for a while now to turn it into a cheesecake. I mean, it makes perfect sense, right? It’s cream cheese based, just like a cheesecake. So this past weekend I finally had some time to sit down and come up with a recipe for it and actually try to make it. I contemplated roasting the grapes, per the wonderful Erika’s idea at The Pancake Princess and the Protein Prince, but I chickened out. I’ve never roasted grapes before so I wasn’t sure how it would affect the cheesecake and since I really didn’t think the cheesecake would turn out on the first try anyway, I figured I shouldn’t tinker around with it too much.
I’m not sure if “The Grape Thing” is the actual or proper name for the dish, but that’s what I’m calling it. So in turn, this cheesecake shall be The Grape Thing Cheesecake. Oh, and for all of you out there that are afraid to make cheesecakes, don’t be! It’s actually pretty easy. Just be sure to follow some of my tips below, which can be used when making any type of cheesecake.