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Quick Passionfruit and Macadamia Cheesecake Cup

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With two small children, our family goes through a lot of fruit. A few weeks ago, it was late on a Sunday and we were facing the prospect of starting the week sans fruit. Mr Firehouse volunteered to go to the shops as the grocery shopping was often a task that fell to me. As he headed out the door, he quickly called out to me to confirm what I had  “mandarins and apples” I called out. He returned some time later and emptied the shopping diligently into the fridge. It was only at dinner time that I opened the fruit and vegetable tray to rummage for a post-dinner mandarin. Instead I found twenty. I called to Mr Firehouse who sheepishly confirmed that he had heard “apples and mandarins” as what we needed, not what we already had an abundance of.

Now we have a running joke in the family, we have to double and triple check every item on the shopping list whenever Mr Firehouse ventures to the shops. So, when I sent Mr Firehouse to the shops multiple times over consecutive days, he was understandably nervous.

“You’ve put 3 packets of cream cheese on the list, are you sure?”

“Yes!” I’d have to say, and reinstate multiple times.

Now in all fairness, I did feed this dessert to him multiple times over a week. I was fixated on getting it perfect and perhaps his apprehension at returning home with the wrong thing was probably not misplaced.

 

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Ingredients

  • 12 ginger nut biscuits
  • 2 tbsp. butter melted
  • 50 g macadamias (toasted)
  • 1 tsp. seal salt
  • 1 package cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup thickened cream
  • 4 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup passionfruit curd (recipe below)

Preparation

In the bowl of a small food processor crush the biscuits and nuts. I like to do the nuts first, tip out and then do the biscuits. That way I can crush the biscuits till finely ground and the chop the nuts into larger pieces for more texture. Add crushed nuts and biscuits to the melted butter and set aside. You can easily do this step with zip loc bag and a rolling pin, or mortar and pestle. Choose your poison.

In a medium bowl, place the cream cheese, cream, icing sugar and vanilla bean paste. Whisk until smooth and no chunks of cheese remain. This can be done with a hand mixer too.

I used drinking glasses to serve these but mason jars, stemless wineglasses will all work. In your glasses, start by placing the biscuit crumb mixture down the bottom. Place some curd on top and then divide the cream cheese mixture evenly between the glasses. Place the remaining the biscuit mixture on top and finish with the remaining passionfruit curd.  Chill the finished cheesecakes for a  couple of hours before serving.

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Passionfruit Curd

  • 25g butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, 1 egg yolk
  • Juice of 2 passionfruit
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Combine all the above ingredients in a heat proof bowl. Place over a pan of gently simmering water and whisk continuously until thick and glossy. Place in the fridge to cool .

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Mini Baked Cheesecakes (Gluten Free)

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I want to talk a little less about the cheesecake here and more about the gorgeous cake stand that my girlfriends got me for my birthday. Isn’t it darling? It sits on our buffet and generally looks beautiful but today it was put to real use!

I’m strictly in the baked cheesecake family when it comes to cheesecake and this is my favourite recipe. I’ve changed and tweaked it a little but the best thing about it is that it is super flexible. Serve it wherever and with whatever and it’s a fabulous make-ahead dessert that can be frozen or refrigerated before you guests arrive.

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Makes 12

  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 1 large egg (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)
  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 100ml (5 tablespoons) thickened cream (about 35 percent fat)
  •  1/2 cup  gluten free flour (simply use plain flour to make these non gluten free). 
  • 2 tbsp.  firmly packed light brown sugar
  • pinch tsp salt
  • 20g pecans (1.2 oz.)
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon cold water

Fruits, sauce, topping to serve

Based on two recipes, the cream cheese mixture is from exclusively food and inspiration for the base goes to Sprinkle Bakes

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 F/ 180 C degrees. Place foiled line wrappers in the holes of a muffin/cupcake tin.

Place flour, sugar, salt, pecans and ginger in the bowl of a food processor.  Process until the pecans are finely ground.

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 Add cold butter and process until crumbs form.  Add water and process in bursts until the dough starts to come together in clumps.  Press dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pans. About 1 tablespoon per cup seemed about right.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden. Cool completely.

Beat cream cheese and caster sugar in an electric mixer or food processor. Stop the machine a couple of times to scrape down the sides and base of the bowl. When the mixture is completely smooth and creamy, add egg and beat until combined. Add lemon juice and cream and beat until well combined. Divide mixture evenly among cases.

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Bake cheesecakes for 20 minutes. Remove from  the oven and allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes.

Remove cheesecakes from pan, place in an airtight container and refrigerate. Cheesecakes are ready to serve when they are cold and set. Remove cases before serving. Top with your favourite berries and sauces. I love these with lightly stewed frozen berries or passionfruit….fresh is best but even canned works brilliantly.

Cheesecakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. They are suitable to freeze.

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