The Pacific Cheesecake Company is officially in business. For owner Karen Freeman, it’s a dream that was years in the making, one that started with a single recipe passed down from one generation to another.
Freeman and her sons, Mike and Steven Freeman, plan to celebrate the shop’s grand opening today in a humble kitchen between two car showrooms a block from the Americana at Brand.
When Karen Freeman was 11, she baked two loaves of herb bread for the first time. They came out of the oven like rocks.
“It was very yeasty, it was horrible,” she said. Undaunted, she kept at her recipes and mixing bowls.
At 20, she took on her grandmother’s cheesecake recipe but found it too custardy. So she tweaked it, and eventually she rethought the recipe.
“That’s the recipe we use today,” Karen Freeman said, describing the cheesecake as “extra creamy, but not as dense as New York cheesecake.”