I have limited mobility today because of a bad back (yes that sounds old..) so while I can’t eat my way through the city, I can dream and shop online! Last night, one of my weekly TV shows featured LeTAO, which is a Hokkaido-based company specializing in cakes, cookies, chocolates, and puddings. Hokkaido is famous for their quality milk and eggs, which in turn creates tasty and high-quality cakes! (Side note: they say that quality milk is the reason for Hokkaido women’s larger-than-normal breasts. I now only drink Hokkaido milk.)
LeTAO’s claim to fame is their double cheesecake. It’s layer of raw cheesecake on top of a layer of baked cheesecake. They sell 10,000 of these a DAY!
I happened to come across this cheesecake a few months ago while searching for a dessert for another small dinner I hosted. It was both creamy (raw layer) and a bit cakey (cooked layer) without being too sweet. Some cheesecakes have a strong cream cheese flavor, but this tasted like creamy milk. The layers blended together perfectly. Mmmm!!
– Chocolate & Mascapone Cheese Pudding –
Last week, I wandered around the store where I first found LaTAO’s double cheesecake. I couldn’t find it again! That’s the problem with seasonality and specialty items in Japan – after you hit a gold mine, they sometimes disappear without notice. Luckily for me (and you), we can order LeTAO online. Nothing cures a sore back like cheesecake!