Monday, January 19, 2009

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Squares

Here is one of the desserts I made for Tegan's shower. I am not a huge cheesecake fan, but I love using vanilla bean, and I LOVE this recipe! The citrus gives just a hint of background flavor.

Ingredients:

CRUST:
*12 graham crackers (each 2 1/2 by 5 inches)
*3 tablespoons sugar
*5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
FILLING:
*2 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
*3/4 cup sugar
*2 large eggs
*finely grated zest and juice of 1 medium citrus fruit (1 to 2 teaspoons zest and about 3 tablespoons juice) {this time I used blood orange}
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 vanilla bean, scraped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
1. Make the crust: Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a food processor, blend graham crackers with sugar until finely ground; add butter and pulse until moistened.
2. Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, and pat in gently (wipe processor bowl clean, and reserve for making filling). Bake until beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. While crust is baking, make filling.
3. Place cream cheese in food processor; blend until smooth. Scrape down the bowl well, and add sugar, eggs, zest & juice, and vanilla extract & bean; blend until smooth.
4. Pour mixture onto hot crust in pan; smooth top. Return to oven, and bake until set (filling should jiggle only slightly when pan is gently shaken), 30 to 35 minutes.
5. Cool completely in pan. Cover very loosely with plastic wrap; chill until firm, at least 2 hours (and up to 2 days). Use foil overhang to lift cheesecake out of pan. Cut into squares; garnish with citrus slices if desired.

4 comments:

Chell said...

thanks heather i was just going to email you for this reciepe.. we are huge cheesecake lovers. I will try it for Em & Hay

Lindsey said...

Those look amazing! As do all of the other delacacies you made for your friend's shower. Thank you for the recipe - I cannot wait to try it out!

Tegan and Tage said...

I am sooo glad you posted that recipe. I could have eaten the cheesecake and nothing else and would have been content!

Julie said...

Those look really yummy. Pretty too. Need an excuse to make them. Soon.