“Honest, Doesn’t Abe deserve a (Eli’s) cheesecake!”—-posting by Renee Enna on The Stew-the Chicago Tribune’s Food Blog



Honest, doesn’t Abe deserve a cheesecake?



Posted by Renee Enna at 4:00 p.m. CTOne day Illinois is giving the country a president. A few weeks later, we’re impeaching a governor.Far removed from all this hullabaloo is Abraham Lincoln, that other politico with Illinois ties. He wasn’t averse to controvery but, being dead, things are relatively quiet. Or are they?The bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth falls on Feb. 12 and Springfield is hosting a fancy-shmancy (and sold-out) 1860 Period Ball. For the event, Eli’s Cheesecake will be making a 42-inch round apple-cinnamon cheesecake topped with a replica of that log cabin he lived in.

And what about us, the hoi polloi? We haven’t been forgotten. Eli’s is crafting “penny cakes”–adorable mini white chocolate-raspberry cheesecakes covered with bittersweet chocolate ganache and topped with a 3-inch replica of a 1909 Lincoln penny (made of chocolate dusted with copper-colored luster dust).

This sounds so great I think I’d want one even if Rod Blagojevich’s photo was on it.

They’ll be sold from Feb. 5-12 at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., for $6 (that’s 600 pennies) each.




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