Jake from the Sunday Post asked us for delicious this week. I’ve been on a delicious binge most of my life, so ask me for a delicious post, and that is what you will get. I may not like to cook (or be good at it), but I wielded a baker’s mitt from an early age.
Baking, for me, is associated with many happy memories. Mostly, with my step-dad. It was something we enjoyed together. I would create fabulous desserts of the third-kind; brownies with fudge sauce, chocolate pudding pies, and lop-sided cakes. And he would be the first one to taste them. Brave, brave soul.
That is true fatherly love.
We shared many a good spoon together, and usually, a great relief that the kitchen didn’t burn down.
This past Christmas, I got to spend a lot of time with my mother-in-law helping her bake all her Christmas favorites. Truth is, I observed more than I actually baked, but I have baked this recipe myself. Most recently as a belated birthday surprise for my daughter’s boyfriend Brandon, who LOVES cheesecake (as do I Brandon…as do I).
The crust is Vanilla wafer cookies set in the bottom of the cupcake holder.
Then, you mix the sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and eggs in a blender. For me, the hardest part is getting the SUPER HEAVY blender down from the upper cabinet. The easiest part is flicking a switch, and not using more elbow grease.
Next, you fill the cups with the delicious mixture (3/4th’s of the way).
Put them in the oven for a little warmth of the 350-degree variety.
After fifteen minutes, or so, they will come out looking like this. And really? THIS is just FINE for those that don’t like a fruit topping. Peel and enjoy, or add something else to the top. Let you imagination run wild.
Traditionally, we use cherry-filling.
I like the cherry. It gives the cheesecake a pop of color and a tasty punch of syrupy goodness.
And that is pretty much it.
My friends…I introduce you to……
THE BEST MINI-CHEESECAKE EVAH!
And no, this is not a secret family recipe, but if that makes it taste better (which would be hard to do), then maybe it could be (heh).
So, what do you think? Do you love cheesecake? Are you willing to try this recipe?