Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

It's amazing how children are so easily amused. A tiny piece of thread can be such an interesting object. An empty roll of tape can keep them entertained for hours. With children, magic does exist, and I proved it today, I even used a wand (and soap and water). It's a plastic bottle with a plastic bubble wand that I just refill with shampoo whenever it's empty. Didn't cost me much, you can probably get it anywhere but it gave me magic. A magical moment of seeing those beautiful girls (all dressed in pink coincidentally and mostly toddlers) running around on the park grass squealing with delight, throwing themselves precariously, all hoping to capture maybe one illusive bubble of the hundreds of bubbles that I was producing with the bubble wand. The eldest of the group even went to fetch a plastic square lunchbox and proudly held it up to me and said "I'm going to catch it". I wasn't going to explain to her that you can't really catch a bubble...because I loved the fact that she believed she could, I didn't want to burst her own little bubble because I know that life probably why rush?
I love the innocence in those children's eyes. Most people lose their sense of wonder as they grow. Many get hung up on life's negativity and forget to appreciate the simpler things in life. I have seen my share of sadness and maybe have more waiting for me, but children are a blessing and are probably the only thing that makes life worth living.

So how does this relate to food? Well, as I mentioned before in a previous post, I think the reason why I love making desserts is because I never lost MY sense of wonder and I am such a child on the inside. My husband always says it and I always feel it. I don't play with my children just to entertain them, I play because I love playing! Now I cannot always play the way children do so I play around in the kitchen! I think we all need a creative outlet and to "play" and have fun with something.

So this is what I played with today...some lemons, cream cheese & biscuits and I had so much fun! These little cute cheesecakes are the easiest little things to make and they are perfect portions for parties or afternoon teas or just to eat whenever you feel like it!

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes:
(makes 12 mini-cheesecakes)

100g. plain biscuits crushed
50g. butter melted
1/4 tsp lemon extract

500g cream cheese
zest of 2 lemons
2 eggs
70g caster sugar

topping choices:

3/4 jar apricot jam of glaze
2 tsp lemon juice

1 small pot fromage-frais or sour cream
1tsp lemon extract
1 tsp acacia honey

Process the biscuits, butter and extract until smooth. Press biscuits in a baking ring or a muffin pan lined with paper muffin cups. Refrigerate for 30 mins.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the cheese, sugar and zest till combined and smooth, add eggs and mix well. Add the cheese mixture to biscuit until almost full. Bake in a low oven (150 degrees) for 30 mins. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

To make the glaze melt the jam with the lemon juice until warm and smooth (pass through a sieve if necessary). Pour onto the tops of the cheesecake, allow to set in the fridge.

To make the white topping mix the fromage-frais or sour cream with the lemon juice and honey until completely smooth. Add to the cheesecakes and allow to cool in the fridge.

To make the caramelized lemons, place thinly sliced lemons on a baking sheet and sprinkle with caster sugar (you can bake these with the cheesecakes.)

To make the sugared lemon strips see here but substitute the orange zest for lemon zest.

Even though I already submitted an entry for Sugar High Friday, I decided these little cakes deserve it more! Once again Sugar High Friday's created by Jennifer of The Domestic Goddess & hosted by Tartelette.


Marye said...

Those look wonderful! What is it about mini foods that are so magical?Your images are superb, by the way. I love how you displayed the cakes.

Lina said...

SO GORGEOUS! I just want to lick my computer screen right now!

Tartelette said...

I love playing with food and especially minis! The cheesecakes are precious! I love the lemon wings!

Aran said...

I love these little cheesecakes!!! That last photo is gorgeous with the caramelized sugar... oh, you are on a roll and I love it!

Bakerette said...

I just ate up the last of the cheesecakes! Thanks for the sweet guys make my day!

Anonymous said...

Your cheesecakes are a thing of beauty. I'm so happy you love to play and take photos of it!

Aran said...

About the pistachios... I know you have the best ones!!! Maybe we can trade goodies one day!

Gigi said...

I LOVED this post! The photographs and the story were all just beautiful.

Aran said...

ohh... sounds good... are there ingredients from the us you don't have where you are?

Vera said...

They are so lovely! I feel like I have to make them right away. But I'm still drooling over you rice pudding... I'll better get started.

Heather said...

totally adorable! i love mini things, but never thought about cheesecake. what a nifty idea :)

Bakerette said...

Gigi, glad you liked the story too :)
Vera, I really hope you try out the rice pudding, I checked the label on the milk and it's 6% fat!
Heather, I adore mini things too :)

Tartelette said...

I just saw your comment about the hibiscus tea. The box says Karkade on it and I was wondering what it meant, thinking it was the word for hibiscus :)
Can't wait to see what you make with it!

Garrett said...

Such a nice life lesson...too often we really do forget that we've lost the innocence of childhood. The minis look delicious, I might have to try this recipe soon!

Dana McCauley said...

I particularly like the photo where you pose the cheesecakes on inverted mugs - very fun! I think I'll borrow that idea next time I have a lot of small things to present.

Bakerette said...

Thanks Garrett, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Dana, I just wished I had little cup-cake stands so I had to improvise...:)

Three-Legs Alice said...

I just randomly came across this site - and how lucky was that! You have some talent there :)
I'm going to attempt to make those mini pieces of heaven for my house warming party - people probably won't even care that the place will only be half furnished!!

Veron said...

I'm in love with everything mini. this lemon cheesecakes are adorable!!!

Evelin said...

there truly seems to be some magic in these cakes;) Very lovely!

Anonymous said...

I just love the presentation, they're so beautiful

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