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Variable mini cheesecakes

by Sayraphim on June 16, 2009

This one is so much fun! Jude got some excellent news the other day so I decided to make him dinner and dessert to celebrate.

So I popped off down the supermarket, and on the way I passed a bakery and thought – OOoo! I could buy some little cakes! But I’ve been watching heaps of cable cooking shows and figured not only would it be just as easy to make cake, it’d taste better and I could make a bunch of different types, so we could celebrate in style.

So this is really easy. You’ll need a packet of cream cheese, half a cup of cream, half a cup of sugar. Beat them all together in a bowl until smooth, you’ll find this WAY easier if a) the cream cheese is room tempture and b) you use a mixer. You’ll also need little tart bases, which you can make yourself or buy from the supermarket.

Now you’re ready for the fun!

Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and put them into separate bowls. Now, you can choose from the following, or make up your own!

Lemony: add 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and a few drops of lemon juice. Decorate with a couple more stands of the lemon zest.

Chocolatey: Melt a few squares of dark chocolate in a cup in the mircowave and mix in. Finish with some drizzles of the chocolate.

Berry: add in some berry compote/jam. If you don’t have any, it’s really easy to make. Grab a few frozen berries, put them in a cup with a little honey and mircowave for 40 seconds or so. Take it out and mash it with a fork, and fold through the cheesecake mixture. Decorate with a few berries on top.

Coffee: add half teaspoon of instant coffee to a little water, stir until it’s all dissolved and then swirl into cheesecake mixture. Decorate with a couple of grains of the coffee, or leave blank.

Mocha: add quarter teaspoon of instant coffee and quarter teaspoon of milo or other chocolate drink grains into a little water, stir until dissolved and swirl into cheesecake mixture. Decorate with a couple of grains of the milo, or leave blank.

Pandang: add a few drops of Pandang flavouring into the mixture. Leave blank as the green colour of the pandang is incredible enough!

Jaffa: Zest of half an orange and a squooze of orange juice, and a few squares of melted chocolate.

Or make up your own!

The great thing about the flavourings is that you can simply taste it and decide for yourself if you want more flavour or if it’s ok as is.
in the photo is chocolate mini cheesecake, berry mini cheesecake, lemon mini cheesecake and the green one is Pandang mini cheesecake.

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