I made these White Chocolate Cheesecake Bites with Fresh Raspberries to be tiny little squares of sheer decadence. Why tiny, you ask? Well, I told myself that miniature cheesecake bites, like bite-sized burgers, would be a terrific way to sample some of my favorite treats without over-indulging. After all, look around and you’ll see a trend – food is shrinking. Restaurants build entire menus around small plates. You can now order ravioli by the square inch. No lie. The produce section at Whole Foods is inundated with tiny knockoffs of life-sized veggies. I bet I can fit 2 baby beets on the end of a spoon – which will be great if I’m ever invited to dine in a doll house.
Though I rarely am.
In fact, the very thought of pressing a minuscule bell at a Lilliputian front door (while carrying a thimbleful of wine) proves to me there’s a flaw in my thinking. Food may be shrinking, but appetites are not. I mean really, have you ever eaten just one bite-sized burger? How about those tiny apples? They leave you so hungry you’re forced to eat their tiny cores. Tiny apples are adorable, but that’s all they are. They’re the miniature ponies of produce. They delight children, but grown-up saddles will certainly break their little backs.
White Chocolate Cheesecake Bites
Same goes for these White Chocolate Cheesecake Bites with Fresh Raspberries. The recipe makes 16, cutie-pie (2‑inch) squares. But unless you’re heading to a big bash at Barbie’s Dream House, 16 of these tasty treats will only feed 4 full-size humans.
So I’m here to say I’m sorry (and embarrassed) that I pulled out a knife (and a ruler) and squeezed these White Chocolate Cheesecake Bites into the teensy-weensy clown car. Because if you’re eating cute food to save calories, you probably shouldn’t be eating it in the first place. GREG