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How To Make Mini Cheesecakes Step By Step Guide

MADE FROM SCRATCH

For some reason, everything tastes better when it's made from scratch. I love to cook but one of the most important reasons I cook almost everything from scratch is because then I know what goes into my food.

Whether it's a main dish, a soup, a salad or a delicious favorite dessert such as my New York Cheesecake, I like knowing that the dessert I'm eating or offering my guests is made with the freshest ingredients. It's also made using the healthiest version I can find or create.

When it comes to flavor or texture, how does a cheesecake made from scratch measure up? Having tasted quite a few, homemade, store-bought and in restaurants, I think without a doubt I love homemade cheesecake best of all.

Please be sure and check out the poem dedicated to my hub by one of my favorite friends here on hubpages written for Ken (saddlerider1) by Wayne Brown. I'm thinking of sending out 2 cheesecake care packages in the mail! I knew the way to a man's heart was through his stomach but who knew the "pen" could be so powerful~!

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Made from scratch also means cooking without preservatives and additives. That means that your dessert is going to be healthier in the final analysis no matter what ingredients you've used.

Making my cheesecakes from scratch, there is also a very important factor to consider. I can choose the ingredients I use, such as unbleached flours or less fat cream cheese. I can also control things like how much salt and sugar I use or even how many eggs.

In short, there are many ways that you can still have your cake and eat it too in a manner of speaking. You can make delicious mini cheesecakes from scratch and vary the recipe as often as you have a new idea for a twist on the recipe.

Other benefits of mini cheesecakes over regular sized cheesecakes?

  • They're smaller so you can have dessert for 2 or 20
  • They freeze well if you have leftover cheesecake
  • Variety - you can make 4 different kinds with 1 batch of cheesecake recipe
  • Dividing the batter into 4 different kinds lets you experiment

Let's look at the basic batter and then specifically at 2 of my all-time favorites, New York Cheesecake and Chocolate Cheesecake. Be sure and check out the other suggestions and tips on making cheesecakes. Making mini desserts is one way some timid cooks begin to experiment. For some, making smaller desserts can sometimes seem less intimidating than making larger ones.

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MINI CHEESECAKE RECIPE

Makes 4 mini cheesecakes

CRUST INGREDIENTS

Combined ingredients for crumbs should equal 1 cup

Use a combination of the following to equal 1 cup (or just use 1 cup graham cracker crumbs or cookie crumbs)

  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Chocolate cookie crumbs
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  • Dry granola put in the grinder
  • Toasted hazelnuts, peeled and put in the grinder
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut
  • Arrowroot cookie crumbs
  • Toasted nuts of any kind put in grinder

TIP: Grind nutmeats or granola - whatever the combination, make sure that all the parts of the crust are the same consistency as graham cracker crumbs

For my crust in these recipes I used:

  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup toasted ground hazelnuts + toasted unsweetened coconut flakes

To above crumb mixture you will add

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or margarine, slightly cooled

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Mix your crumb ingredients and press into pan

Mix your crumb ingredients and press into pan