Cheesecake! A big favourite, but an indulgence I enjoy in moderation, as it’s SO moreish I can eat too much…
So mini cheesecakes are the perfect sweet treat to end a meal or a as little pick me-up at afternoon tea time.
The recipe is my go-to recipe for baked cheesecake, blogged here many times. I substituted mascarpone for cream cheese, for no other reason than I had some in the fridge and thought it would go well in cheesecake!
I added crystallized ginger to my little cheesecakes as well as ginger caramel, but plain caramel would be fine too.
To serve, I put some chunks of fresh pineapple on the top of each little cheesecake. This complemented the ginger flavour beautifully!
230g sweet biscuits (half plain, half ginger nut)
1/2 level teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 level teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbls ginger or plain caramel or dulche de leche (jar or tin is fine, don’t bother making it)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 free-range eggs
6 pieces crystallized ginger (a small handful), chopped finely + extra for decorating
Pineapple chunks to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or 170 degrees fan-forced.
Butter individual molds with a removable base, see photo. If you don’t have these molds, you could use ordinary muffin or cupcake molds. You would just need to be careful easing them out of the molds.
I filled 8 of my removable bottom molds. You would fill at least 8 or even 10 ordinary muffin molds.
Crush biscuits very finely in a food processor and add the nutmeg and cinnamon. Melt butter in a saucepan, remove from heat and quickly stir in the biscuit crumbs.
Press firmly into greased molds, covering the bases with a good layer of biscuit crumb.
Put mascarpone, sugar and caramel in the food processor and mix well. Add eggs one at a time, whizzing after each addition. Stir in the crystallized ginger pieces.
Pour mixture into the individual molds on top of the biscuit crumb bases. Fill each mold to about 3/4 full. Place in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes until the cheesecake is just set. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely.
Carefully remove each cheesecake from its mold. Store in refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight to completely firm up.
Serve cold, with chunks of pineapple on top of each cheesecake, and extra slivers of crystallized ginger. You could drizzle a little warmed caramel over the top too, for a truly caramel experience!