Leave it to Jameel Lightbourn to step way outside the box, because that is just what he’s doing for this upcoming Easter season at Cheesecake Heaven with offerings like cheesecake-stuffed hot cross buns, cranberry buns and white chocolate buns, including a hot cross loaf of bread they call a “Jesus bread”. For those people that are traditionalists, raisin buns and plain buns are still to be had.
Lightbourn is excited about the variety of hot cross buns they are offering for the first year.
“Every event we have a special offering and I try to do something that no one else is doing. I try to do something different – to step outside of the box; no matter how far outside the box that is, I step outside of the box.”
The Cheesecake Heaven proprietor made sample batches at the beginning of the month, which he passed out to regular patrons who visited the store. It was well received, so it made the cut among this year’s offerings.
“Because it’s Cheesecake Heaven, we cheesecake-stuff everything.”
While many people eat hot cross buns with fish during Easter, Lightbourn says there’s no telling what people will enjoy it with, but when he conceptualized the idea, it was meant to be eaten after the meal. But he says however they eat it, they should enjoy it.
The “Jesus bread” is baked outside of the pan, akin to an unleavened bread, and can be sliced.
No matter which offering you decide on, Lightbourn said to expect a soft, pillowy, delicious bun drizzled with a glaze with a hint of cream cheese.
He anticipates producing between 150 to 200 dozen orders, which isn’t much when compared to other traditional bakeries. And anyone wanting to get in on the Cheesecake Heaven offerings, he said, should place their orders now. He hopes to have buns for last minute people outside of orders placed, but said they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
One dozen buns can be had at $13.44; the cheesecake-stuffed buns for $26.88.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.