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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Snacktion: Candycap Mushroom Cheesecake from San Francisco Cheesequake

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM

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Name: Candycap Mushroom Cheesecake with Pecan Shortbread Crust
Brand: San Francisco Cheesequake
Origin: San Francisco
Found at: Blue Fog Market (2794 California at Divisadero)
Cost: $9.99
Ingredients: Cream cheese, sugar, golden brown sugar, flour, butter, whole fresh eggs, pecans, candycap mushrooms, bourbon vanilla bean, kosher salt.
Calories per serving: Not listed.
The word: Peter Rizo makes cheesecake with surprising flavors. The candycap is a real live mushroom, a West Coast native with a weirdly sweet smell and a taste like butterscotch.
Tasting notes: We expected to bite into chunks of 'shroom, and were happy to find it blended into the batter instead. It's really not a radical flavor, and it works.
Buy it again? We really shouldn't, but we know we will.
Extra credit: San Francisco Cheesequake's other oddities include Chartreuse, masala spiced, chanterelles-apricot brandy, and Gorgonzola-poached pear cheesecakes.

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