May 22, 2017

The Art of Cheesecake - A Fun Activity for Shavuot

It’s nearly time for Shavuot, and Kar-Ben has a colorful story--The Art Lesson-- to help you celebrate.

One day a week Shoshana puts on her art smock and spends time at her grandma’s studio where the two create lots of amazing art! They’ve made paintings, sculptures, drawings, and so much more over the years. One special day before Shavuot, her grandma introduces her to a new project—which turns out to be an old tradition. Order your own copy to find out more!

For now, we’re going to help you make cool art like Shoshana and her grandma—even better, we’re making it edible! Celebrate the spring harvest with some cheesecake decorated with bright glazes. Take Shoshana’s art smock as inspiration—see all the fun colors and different sized splotches? That’s like abstract artwork. Create your own unique masterpiece, and enjoy how good it tastes too! 


Pie crust (packaged
or make your own)
11 oz. unsalted goat cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. minced lemon zest
1 tsp. minced lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla
6 large eggs separated
3 tbs. flour
Fresh berries for garnish (optional)

Combine cheese, sugar, juice, zest, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Beat in egg yolks, then flour.  Beat egg whites until firm but not dry.  Fold a third of the whites into the cheese mixture, then gently fold in the rest.  Pour filling into crust and bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Optional: Cool and garnish with fresh berries.


1 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 tablespoon milk
1/4 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-2 drops food coloring (recommended)

Whisk powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl.  Adjust consistency to your liking by either putting in more milk or powdered sugar; sugar if too watery, milk if too thick.  Divide the glaze into different bowls for coloring.  The amount of colors or coloring drops is up to you.  Dip spoons in the glazes and wave them over the cheesecake to create cool, paint-splotch designs.

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