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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lana's Cheesecake Cups

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, but I do have some complaints. For starters, it can be too sweet. The sweetness paired with it's extreme creamy richness can be overwhelming. Obviously it's a dessert that can only be handled in very small amounts. Lastly, while I find cheesecake to be very easily made, it definitely takes some time.

But this recipe (which my sister discovered here) is completely the opposite of anything cheese-cakey, yet is a total cheesecake in it's own right. For one, it is not overwhelming. It is slightly less rich, but also is served in a small, very underwhelming cup. Secondly, it is so extremely quick and easy to make. Basically it's that recipe you make when you've committed to a cheesecake but completely forgot to start it the day before (a cheesecake must be cooked way in advance, which adds to the time consuming factor).

So, if you've got all the ingredients (which most people would have without ever going to the store) and about 20 minutes (plus a 45 minute cooking time), this is that "oh crap, I forgot to make a dessert for that party" recipe, that is guaranteed to be a hit.

Normally you would use cupcake liners in a tin, but I used these adorable paper cups that you set on a cookie sheet. They worked incredibly. I got them at TJ Maxx, but you can find something similar here, here and here.

I'm not a huge fan of overly sugared desserts, so I cut the amounts drastically. I put the original amount in parentheses for those who feel they want more. 

• Ingredients & Directions •

For the berry topping

 2 cups frozen mixed berries (unless it is summertime and berries are in season)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Combine 1 cup berries, lemon juice and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture bubbles and thickens. Cool for 10 minutes, then add the remaining 1 cup berries. Set aside.

For the cheesecake

3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract 
1/3 cup sugar (original amount: 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

Combine all cheesecake ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed with electric mixer until smooth. Place paper baking cups into muffin tins and fill cups 2/3 full with cheesecake batter. Bake for 40 minutes.

For the sour cream filling

1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar (original amount: 3 Tbsp)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix sour cream filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl using a spoon. When the cupcakes sink in the middle, place a scant tablespoon of sour cream mixture in the middle of each one. 

Place back into the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

When cool, spoon about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of berry topping over the top of the sour cream filling on each cupcake and refrigerate.

Bon Apetite!

1 comment:

  1. Yum! I am a huge fan of cheesecake. I am saving this recipe. :)