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Cheesecake Minis

with Strawberry Swirl

THE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

    For coulis:
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/8 tbsp Sugar
    For cakes:
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 16 oz Cream cheese
  • 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
    Provided:
  • Cupcake liners (12)
  • Toothpicks
    From your pantry:
  • 2 Eggs

ABOUT RECIPE:

These New York style cheesecakes get a strawberry swirl and graham cracker crust, and can be both baked and served in our oven-safe paper cups.

DID YOU KNOW?
There’s no official consensus of what makes New York style cheesecake, though most recipes skip the sour cream and are cooked without a water bath. For us, New York style cheesecake means one that’s simple, dense, and rich!

BAKING ADVICE:

No need for a baking pan for this one! Our decorative paper cups are oven- and freezer- safe. Biodegradable and eco-friendly, they’re great for gifts and parties.

Back in the day all recipes were done by hand, so it’s fine if you don’t have an electric mixer. It will take a bit more time, but by using a whisk you’ll get a nice arm workout!

YOUR RED VELVET KIT

STEP 1

Wow, you’ve got some beautiful ingredients! Once you’ve unpacked your Red Velvet kit, preheat oven to 325°F. Take out 2 eggs from your refrigerator. Wash, de-stem, and dice strawberries using a small knife.

STEP 2

In a small saucepan, add strawberries, sugar (for coulis), and lemon juice. Add 2 tablespoons of water, and bring to a boil (this will take less than 2 minutes). Turn heat down to low and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring and mashing berries with a heat-proof spatula, then remove from stove. Over a small bowl, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Push as much coulis through the sieve as you can, discard (or snack on) any large chunks, and set the coulis aside.

STEP 3

In a small heat-proof bowl, melt butter in microwave (about 15 seconds). Add the graham cracker crumbs and stir until coated. Divide evenly between baking cups and pack down to create a solid base layer (pro tip: use your fingers to press the crumbs to the edge of the liners).

STEP 4

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar (for cake), salt, vanilla, and eggs until completely smooth. Do not overmix the batter or you will incorporate too much air! Spoon cream cheese mixture into each cupcake liner on top of the graham cracker base.

STEP 5

Using a small spoon, dot a few drops of strawberry coulis over each cheesecake. Use the toothpick to swirl the coulis to create a marbled effect (we recommend creating 1 or 2 figure 8's; less is more!).

STEP 6

Place the cheesecakes on a baking sheet and bake until the filling is set, about 22 to 24 minutes. Rotate sheet 180 degrees after 11 minutes, so cakes cook evenly. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve in paper baking cups or peel back disposable liners. Enjoy!

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