This recipe was a bit unusual because it used fromage blanc instead of ricotta or mascarpone. I'd never tried fromage blanc before, but I was able to find it without a problem at Whole Foods and thought it lightened the recipe and kept the cheesecake from having the stick to the roof of your mouth consistency some recipes have. I digress, but I have a very clear memory of my little sister nearly choking to death on a bite of cheesecake that she just couldn't manage to swallow when she was a kid. Granted, she might have been overreacting as 6 year olds are wont to do, but still overly sticky cheesecake=bad.
The recipe is below:
From Food & Wine Magazine
- Vegetable oil spray
- 24 plain chocolate wafer cookies (I used Newman's Own brand)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup fromage blanc (6 ounces), at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup seedless raspberry preserves, warmed
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups and spray the cups with vegetable oil spray. In a food processor, crush the chocolate wafer cookies. Add the butter and process until fine crumbs form. Spoon the chocolate cookie crumbs into the prepared baking cups and press with the bottom of a glass to compact. Bake for 5 minutes, or until almost set. Leave the oven on.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until smooth. Beat in the fromage blanc, then add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Pour the cheesecake batter into the baking cups, filling them three-quarters full.
- Bake the cheesecakes for 15 minutes, or until slightly jiggly in the center. Remove from the oven and spread 1 teaspoon of the warmed raspberry preserves on top of each cheesecake. Transfer the muffin tin to the freezer and chill the cheesecakes until set, about 15 minutes.
- Remove the cheesecakes from the pan and peel off the foil baking cups. Transfer the cheesecakes to a platter and serve.
Best of all, I think I give a certain cheesecake baking old flame a run for her money.