Friday, October 12, 2012

Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes

Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes
I know I've been a terrible tease.
I shared all those photos of the deliciousness that I made for Michael's birthday, and I haven't shared any of the recipes yet. I'm truly sorry.

I promise-I will eventually get around to posting them all! 
In the meantime, if there are any that you're absolutely dying to have, like, right this second-let me know. I'll make sure to put them on here A-tothe-SAP.

So. Cheesecake. Not my cup of tea. Just being honest-I'm not a fan.
That said-I'm aware I'm a minority on this. And Michael, like, completely loves cheesecake. So, I decided to be nice, and make him these adorable mini raspberry cheesecakes for his birthday. And boy, these have lasted! Warning: this recipe makes A LOT. Be prepared for tons of leftovers. That, or make these for a big party or something. I'm serious. We just finished the last of them. His birthday was almost a month ago. Yeah. I also had a really hard time just baking the large volume (#1-I only have 1 muffin tin and #2-only so much room in my oven), I had to do multiple batches and that led to some difficulty. And, after the first batch all sunk down and cracked, I decided to do a water bath for the rest-which is annoying, but I completely recommend you do. All of the difficulties were worth it, though, when I saw how much Michael loves them! Michael likes the size a lot-they're great portions. He says the graham cracker crust is really good and the consistency is nice and fluffy and light-not too heavy like some cheesecakes can be. And there's raspberry-which he really loves. So, all in all, a winner :). I definitely recommend you try these sometime!

Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes


Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes
Makes 32 mini cheesecakes
Ingredients:
Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (Blend/process graham crackers to create these)
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Topping
  • 6 oz. raspberries
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
Filling
  • 2 lbs. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature.
Preparation:
  • Line muffin/cupcake pans with paper liners. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a small bowl combine graham crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Blend together with a fork.
  • Press 1 tbsp. of graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each liner (using the bottom of a small cup helps press them down).
  • Bake until set-about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer pan(s) to cooling rack.
  • Puree raspberries and sugar in a blender/food processor until smooth. Strain the raspberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve (Boy was that a pain!)
  • In a large bowl beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy.
  • Blend in sugar until smooth.
  • Beat in salt and vanilla.
  • Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, making sure they are fully incorporated before adding the next egg.
  • Spoon 3 tbsp. filling into each crust.
  • Dot 1/2 tsp. of raspberry puree on top of the filling on each little cake. Use a toothpick to swirl and create a marbled effect. 
  • Fill a large cookie sheet with water, place a muffin tin on the sheet, so it is partially submerged in the water (giving it a "water bath"-this will help prevent sinking and/or cracking). 
  • Bake 11 minutes.
  • Rotate pan(s).
  • Bake another 11 minutes, or until set (they may look puffed, but they'll go back down).
  • Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • Store any extra or leftover cheesecakes in the refrigerator.
Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes
They are awfully pretty. 
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