Jefferson Bakes: Mascarpone Mini Cheesecakes

by Jeff on June 14, 2009 · 1 comment

in Stuff I Like

I’ve been playing with the bacon cheesecake recipe a bit, and I think I’ve finally got it nailed down.  I wanted to make a prototype, non-bacon batch to test a few of the variables, and I’m exceedingly happy with the results.

The Crust:

8oz. of Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, finely ground (preferrably in a food processor)
1 1/4 stick of melted, unsalted butter

The Filling:

2 8oz. packages of cream cheese
1 8oz. package of mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Teaspoon salt

The recipe above makes 12 mini cheesecakes (using a standard cupcake tin) with enough leftover filling to make 1-2 larger cakes in a ramekin or small springform pan.

Make the crust my mixing in the butter with the cookie crumbs, and using the mixture to line the bottom and side of your springform pan/cupcake tins.  Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes.  Cool for 20-25 minutes.

While baking the crusts, start mixing the filling in a large bowl.  I set my stand mixer on Whip for most of this, and slowed it down when I added the eggs (one at a time) and other ingredients, but of course mileage may vary based on what equipment you’re using.  Mix the cheese for about 3-5 minutes, until fluffy, before adding other ingredients.  Spoon/ladle/implement of choice into the crust, and then bake for 25-30 minutes (20 minutes if you’re using the cupcake tin).  Then cool on a wire rack before refrigerating for about 8 hrs.

As far as toppings, do what you will.  My current leading option involves greek yogurt, honey and sugar beaten into a glaze-type thing.

This is a bit too sweet to function for the bacon cheesecake, but the natural flavor the mascarpone gives it is perfect.  I plan on cutting the sugar in this recipe down when it comes time to make the bacon model, and using salted butter in the crust.

The Bacon Party is slated for early August – firm details to follow – so I’ll be putting an actual bacon cheesecake post up soon.

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Skippy June 15, 2009 at 4:59 am

Delicious!

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