The little one had been yammering at me for cheesecake. I don’t know for sure what got him started, but once he gets on a thread he won’t let go. For the record, though, the “little one” is now a good inch taller than I am. He thinks his size is compelling, but really I just like to spoil him!
The reasons I didn’t want to make cheesecake?
- Too many calories hanging around the house – even though they could be worked-in to just about any diet plan.
- No room for a big cheesecake in the refrigerator
- The fuss of the spring form pan and the water bath.
None of those mattered to the cheesecake monster, so I set out to find an easier way. Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Coulis seemed to be a good compromise – no fussy cooking technique, and only 15 minutes in the oven. I’ll be honest here; at the grocery store, I looked for raspberry sauce to get out of making the Coulis. Sadly, every jar or can of raspberry product I could find had high fructose corn syrup as the first or second ingredient. I am not paying $3 for that (see for example Homemade Apricot Jam in June for an example of the things I will do to reduce my family’s HFCS intake). Frozen raspberries cost the same, even though I knew it would be more work.
Don't let the word "mini" imply that these are made in the tiny muffin tin, they are made in the regular size tin. Foil cupcake liners come with paper liners between them, but you can use them for other things - don't trash them.
I whipped up the cheesecakes and they rose beautifully, got golden just on the edges, and then deflated when out of the oven. This is not failure, this is the sauce holder!
IMHO, the Raspberry Coulis was more involved than the cheesecake. You can skip the blender and strain the sauce directly into a bowl, but the blende helps separate the pulp from the seeds and the sauce gets much thicker (I tried it both ways).
So, there I was with 20 cool little cheesecakes. They stacked nicely in a large container with a sheet of waxed paper between the layers. It took about 5 days to eat them.
Next time I might try spritzing the liners with non-stick spray to help the cheesecakes release easier, but , no one else seemed to notice that they didn't come out as easily as a cupcake.
These are easy enough to make ahead for a platter to serve at (or bring to) a party, or just because your teenager wants cheesecake. Add them to your meal plan to spoil your family!
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