It's kinda awesome.
First, you start with a standard cheesecake base. Today's base was a modified version of the Joy of Cooking's New York Style Cheesecake. It got a little overdone. We actually cut the outside half inch or so off and coated the sides with graham cracker crumbs. But the filling was AMAZING. (I think next weekend or later this week we'll be trying out Alton Brown's recipe from Good Eats, Season 5, Episode 7 "The Trouble with Cheesecake" for a comparison).
Then (and this explains the title), we brainstormed a whole bunch of ideas for toppings. See we figure with one good cheesecake base recipe, the number of different cheesecakes you can make is only limited by your imagination and culinary daring. We ended up making (and sampling!!) eight different flavors by varying our choice of toppings. We then ranked them from good to outstanding, and I'll tell you right now, there was one very clear winner. For reference, the point system was 1-8 from each judge, based on ranking, so the lowest possible score is 1, and the highest is 16.
Over the next week, I'll be posting one of our flavors each day, along with how we made it (They were all SUPER easy!) and our evaluation of the flavor. So stay tuned and check in this week, leading up to the big reveal of our number one flavor next Sunday!