April 27, 2009

Dreamy Cherry Vanilla Cheesecakes


The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

I have made cheesecake twice before and all I can say about this month's Daring Bakers Challenge is...this recipe is THE BOMB!
Seriously rich and creamy but not at all heavy, thank goodness I made mini cakelettes because I would be at the gym for the rest of the week! I stuck with Abby's Infamous Recipe original style, only substituting vanilla bean for vanilla resulting in the cutest little speckles all over these fabulous cheesecakes. Keeping it old school, I made a Dark Cherry coulis to go on top. It is all I can do not to go to fridge right now and make quick work of the five remaining cakelettes.
All in good time...


Dark Cherry Coulis
2 1/2 cups frozen, pitted dark cherries
3/4 cup sugar
Juice from 1/2 a meyer lemon

For Slurry
Dissolve 1 tbsp corn starch in 1 tbsp water

Combine cherries, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until sugar dissolves, approx. 10 minutes. Strain the coulis through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the whole cherries. To thicken the coulis, pour liquid back into saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk in slurry and bring to a boil again. Once thickened, turn off the heat and let cool before using.
Top chilled cheesecakes with a spoonful of coulis and additional reserved cherries to garnish.

10 comments:

nikki said...

The dark cheery coulis looks delicious!

The Food Librarian said...

Love the portion control of these! And the dark cherry looks wonderful!

newlyweds said...

Yummy, these look so good, and the perfect size!

pinkstripes said...

Your mini-cheesecakes look awesome. The cherry coulis sounds delicious.

Engineer Baker said...

I went with cherry cheesecake as well - yours looks fabulous!

Lauren said...

Mmm, your cheesecakes look awesome!! I love the cherries =D.

Mindy said...

Found you through Adopt-a-Blogger--I'm a newbie as well! Love your blog, and these mini-cheesecakes look great! Do you adjust the baking time for smaller cakes? I made a full cheesecake for DB this month, but would love to learn how to make the individual cakes too...

CookiePie said...

Beautiful!! LOVE cherry-vanilla flavors too. Fantastic job!!!

TeaLady said...

Those are adorable. Great job on your cakelettes. They were good weren't they. I love cheese cake and this is now my go to recipe.

Jenny said...

Yum, sometimes simple is best. Thanks for being a part of the April Daring Baker's Challenge!

Jenny of JennyBakes