Treat to try: Batch Cheesecakes
I happened to be in the Short North this afternoon and stopped into Tigertree. To my surprise, they were hosting Batch Desserts upstairs. Batch was giving out their cheesecakes (and will be today for Gallery Hop, until they run out).
Travis Sims and Roberto DeJesus started their artisan bakery about five months ago, perfecting their cheesecake recipes. They also strive to be a green business where everything associated with their product is recyclable. I tried the ‘Tigertree,’ a version created for this event. It’s a creamy vanilla bean cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and a crème brûlée topping. It’s served in a pretty 4 oz glass jar about 2 inches tall and 2 and a half inches wide, with a brown lid. Easy to reuse! (I’m sure you could find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest). Also easy to recycle if you’d rather not keep the jar.
They sprinkled the sugar on top and torched it after I picked what flavor I wanted. The caramelized color was nice, but it lacked the ‘crack’ you get with a crème brûlée. It did provide a nice crunch to the cheesecake. The vanilla beans shined in the cheesecake itself and you could see specks of them throughout. Although it seems like a small serving (about 3 oz) the 4 oz jar was a nice treat for one person and is more in line with a single-size portion of cheesecake. It would be a good thing to top off a lunch with, or a fun option for a party.
Currently, you can find Batch in Commonwealth Sandwich Bar and Mouton. Commonwealth has the original and a hazelnut flavor available in 4 oz size for $3.00 and 8 oz for $6.50. Mouton offers the original, a walnut flavor and a Frangelico flavor in the 4 oz size, $5 each, or $12 for 3.