Is OK to indulge every now and then friends, especially when is dessert, super yummy and the portion, oh Lord, is so totally under control! Remember, the first and main reason why we must eat well is for our health and the second, to look prettier. One or two of these babies is not going to hurt anyone. Smile!
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: Minis bake in 15 minutes
Approximate Cost: $9.56 or .80 cents per cheesecake
Difficulty Level: X Easy
Servings: 12 Mini Cheesecakes
Ingredients for the Crust $2.00
1 ¼ cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs (.80)
¼ - to 1/3 cups of unsalted butter (Melted) (Land o’ Lake at Walmart $1.31) (.70)
¼ cup of organic blond-color granulated sugar (.50)
Directions for the Crust
Prepare the crust by mixing all the ingredients listed under Ingredients for the Crust.
Add 1 full tbsp. of the mix and press evenly on each cup of a 12- spring-form cheesecake pan. * Set aside until ready to be filled.
Ingredients for the Cheesecake Batter $7.56
2 (8oz. each pack) of Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature ($4.49)
½ cup of organic blond-color granulated sugar (.60)
1 tsp. Vanilla (.55)
1 plus tbsp. Amaretto Disaronno (.60)
2 eggs at room temperature (.32)
1- 14 oz. block of Iberia Guava Paste (1/3 cup chopped) + 12 -1” disks ($1.00)
Directions for the Cheesecake Batter
Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and Amaretto in a bowl with an electric mixer until all ingredients are mixed.
Add the eggs and beat until blend and the 1/3 cup of chopped Guava paste to the mix, then with a spatula fold the chopped guava into the cheesecake mix.
Fill each cup completely, almost to the top, and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. ** (The cheesecakes will form a dome, but after you test them for doneness, they will deflate back to normal.)
Remove from oven and let them cool.
Meantime, to cut the guava paste in circles, first, slice the guava in strips from top to bottom in about one and a half inches. Then slice the strips to the size you want the circles to be. Mine are about ½” each.
Remove the mini cheesecakes from the molds by pushing them up from the bottom, place them in a serving plate and add the guava circles. Garnish with mint.
*(If you don’t have this mini’s cheesecake pan, just make a regular N.Y. style cheesecake in one round 8 or 10” springform cheesecake pan).
** Place a tray under your baking mold to collect any butter leak. Since you are using a springform mold and the crust have lots of butter, it will leak into your oven and you will have to clean it.
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