Sunday, April 6, 2014

Single Serving New York Cheesecakes


For all you Friends fans out there, you are likely familiar with the episode where Rachel and Chandler steal and eat cheesecakes. Well, I was watching this episode a few nights ago and was overcome with a hankering for some cheesecake. Since I didn't have the desire, or the ingredients, to make a whole cheesecake I went searching for a single serving recipe and oh boy did I find one! 

These little babies were exactly what I was looking for! They are so simple, quick to prepare and in about 45 minutes you can have your own glorious cheesecake. (eating off the floor a la Rachel and Chandler is optional)

Single Serving New York Cheesecake
makes 4 single serving cheesecakes

Ingredients:

4 graham cracker squares (2 full sheets)
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 Tablespoons sour cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons beaten egg (1 large egg is about 4 Tablespoons)

Directions:


Pre-heat oven to 325. Prepare a standard sized muffin tin either with paper liners or lightly greased.

Crush the graham crackers into crumbs. Mix the crumbs with melted butter and  1 Tablespoon of sugar until fully combined.

Scoop the crust mixture evenly between 4 muffin cups and press firmly to the bottom of the pan.

In a medium bowl whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sour cream, remaining sugar and vanilla and whip until creamy. Gently fold in the egg. Do not over-mix the batter with egg or your cheesecakes will crack.  Spoon the batter into each of the muffin cups. 

Bake for 22 minutes, or until the tops of each cheesecake have just set.

Let cool at room temperature for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely in the refrigerator. 

Adapted from Love, H