Monday, October 11, 2010

Vintage CM: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Squares

{originally posted January 19, 2009}

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.

8 comments:

Mrs. Kirbyface said...

They were sooooooo good!

Laura said...

I LOVED these at Tegan's shower!

Ashley said...

mouth is watering. YUM. must make some tonight! thanks for the recipe :)

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

I die.

Tegan Aubrie said...

I can't believe you dared to re-post that when I'm actually pregnant again. I want to eat an entire tray of those on any given day, let alone when I'm a crazy hormone-driven eater!!!

FYI, these are going to have to make an appearance at the sprinkle for baby #2. Be prepared.

meg duerksen said...

oh you are mean.
cheesecake is my weakness.
(said as i shove a piece of little caesar's pizza in my mouth)

Marta @ Haus of Girls said...

I just holla divorced you for posting this.
Um, YUM!
I will eat a whole tray.
And be a heffer.
All thanks to you.
Thanks for sharing!!!

Kelsey said...

Those cheesecake squares look fantastic, i'm going to have to give them a try. Thank you for the recipe.