I just got back from a church picnic, where my contribution was homemade cheesecake with sliced peaches on top. It went over very well, but in the process, I had some challenges that I know some Chowhounds can help me through for next time.
The part between coming out of the oven and getting it to the diner's plate... Some recipes have various mounds of fresh fruit arranged in beautiful pinwheel patterns, for example. Some have cookie cutouts all across the top, etc. And then, they expect you to cut this cheesecake and still have a beautiful presentation. Once there are add-ons to the top of a cheesecake, you've lost your chance to use the "dental floss" method of cutting through the cake. This morning, I found that even cleaning the knife between cuts did not prevent the challenge of slices of peach sliding around the glaze and avoiding the knife cut. I'm looking at a magazine picture where the cheesecake slice is separating perfectly, and the slice goes right through a plump strawberry standing to attention in a field of other such strawberries on the top. So, how can I get a "picture perfect" slice next time? Thanks very much.