Monday, July 15, 2013

MINI MAPLE CHEESECAKES

We love the world of mini desserts these days; with an "empty nest", mini desserts are an easy better way to battle the mega-calories that a big ole' cheesecake in the fridge tempts us with.

Picky-picky husband LOVES all things maple, so I've been on a search for a maple cheesecake for a long time. This recipe is a combination of several other recipes combined with my own personal tweaks. WE
are very pleased with the results; they are sweet, smooth to the tongue, maple-y and super easy to make.

CRUMB CRUST
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter

Mix until well combined; I do this in a plastic food bag (saves on clean up). 

Preheat your oven to 275° and put paper cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.

Put a slightly rounded tablespoon of crumb mixture into each paper liner and press down.

CHEESECAKE FILLING
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1/3 cup REAL maple syrup (I've never tried pancake syrup)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon maple extract
1 egg
2 tablespoons flour

Beat the cream cheese until it is fluffy and well mixed. While the mixer is running, drizzle in the maple syrup (scrape the sides of the bowl down if necessary).

Beat in the egg, extracts and flour until smooth.

Pour over the crumb crusts, filling almost to the top.

Bake at 275° for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. 

NOTE: My electric oven took 35 minutes to bake these because my maple syrup and egg were cold (right out of the fridge). If you bring the syrup and egg to room temperature before making these, it would probably only take 30 minutes to bake.

NOTE: I've never used artificial pancake syrup in these little cheesecakes, so I can't tell you if that will work or not, although I'm guessing it would (it just wouldn't taste as good).

NOTE: This recipe made 10 little cheesecakes.