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Individual Berry Swirl Cheesecakes

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Sunday, 15 February 2009 04:08

Berry Compote:
  • Three 1 pint baskets strawberries (or berries of your choice), hulled and cut into thick slices
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cinnamon sticks
Cheesecake Filling:
  • 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs

Berry Compote:
  • In a medium saucepan, combine berries, sugar, and cinnamon sticks.
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  • Cook over medium-high heat until compote thickens slightly and just coats the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes. Cool. You will use about 3/4 cup berry compote for the cheesecakes.
Cheesecake Filling:
  • Place the cream cheese, sugar and salt in the large bowl. Beat with electric mixer until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides rubber spatula.
mix the cheesecake filling
  • Turn the speed to high and continue to beat until creamy.
  • Add the sour cream, rum, lemon juice, and vanilla, continue beating on medium speed until well blended.
  • Add eggs and beat just until combined.
Assembly and Baking:
  • Position rack in Center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat twelve 1 cup ramekins with cooking spray.
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoon berry compote into the bottom of each ramekin, then fill with the cheesecake filling.
mix the cheesecake filling
  • Arrange the ramekins in a large baking pan with sides and fill the baking pan with hot water, reaching about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake until the cheesecakes begin to pull away form the sides of the ramekin and are almost firm to the touch, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove ramekins to rack and let cool. Refrigerate covered, overnight.
cool on rack
  • When ready to serve, run a sharp knife around the inside edges of each ramekin and invert the cake onto a serving plate. The compote will run down the sides of each cake. Garnish with slices of fresh strawberries or a few blueberries around the cake. Serve Immediately.
Beautiful mini cheesecake
Recipe makes 12 individual cheesecakes.

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