Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes in a Jar

One of the reasons that I made that tart and delicious homemade lemon curd earlier in the week (aside from the fact that I wanted to drizzle it on top of pancakes, waffles, biscuits, as well as using it as a spread on my morning bran muffin) was to make this recipe for mini cheesecakes. It is based upon one that I found on the same blog in which I found the curd recipe. I changed it up a bit by adding more lemon zest, and switching out the crumb crust for my own pretzel crust, my new favorite crust for almost anything sweet. Don’t feel that you need to do the same. You can switch out the same amount of pretzels for graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon graham crumbs, vanilla wafer crumbs, or gingersnaps, they all work equally well; it’s a matter of personal taste.

Personally, I don’t think there is anything cuter than food in a jar. Who wouldn’t want to grab and devour one of these adorable mini cheesecakes? An added bonus is that these can be made up to two days prior to serving, and stored in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, top with lemon curd, a spritz of whipped cream, and your favorite fresh fruit. Beautiful and delicious!
Mini Lemon Cheesecakes in a Jar
Adapted from My Baking Addiction

For the Crust

¾ cup pretzel crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake

¼ cup granulated sugar
Zest of one
Melissa's seedless lemon
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1 large egg, room temperature
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla

For the Garnish
Whipped cream

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, stir together pretzel crumbs, sugar, and butter.  Press into the bottom of four Weck jars (I used these) or 1-cup ramekins (like these). To ease tamping them down into your small jars/ramekins, I suggest using a tart tamper – an invaluable kitchen tool. Bake for 6 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar and lemon zest, and mix until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add cream cheese, and cream together until smooth. Add egg; beat well. Add heavy cream and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Pour batter into serving dishes, on top of the pre-baked crusts, about 3/4 of the way full. Place jars into a larger pan with high sides and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the sides of the jars.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges are set. Do not overbake. Carefully remove the cheesecake jars from the water bath and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once the cheesecakes are completely cooled, place them into the refrigerator for at least 5 hours. Before serving, top each cheesecake with lemon curd, whipped cream, and berries.

Makes 4

If you prefer something equally cooling, but less work, you might consider this refreshing Lemon-Lime Ice Milk.

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  1. Citrus desserts are my favorite, and these lemon cheesecakes look beautiful as well as delicious. I like the fact that they are individual servings - otherwise I might be tempted to eat the whole recipe at once! I am definitely giving this recipe a try.

  2. I am really enjoying reading about your lemon-y desserts. If my Mom was still here, I'd be making more of them. Lemon desserts were her very favorite and one of my favorites!

  3. Hummm!They look delicious,mouthwatering!Hugs!

  4. I love lemon and these look so delicious!

  5. Looks deliciously good! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner Party.

  6. No kidding food in a jar is the best! It just seems so personalized and special, even if I’ve just made it for l’il ol’ me! I imagine the pretzel crust would satisfy the salty/sweet cravings we tend to get!

  7. YUM!!! Now I have to make lemon curd again (oh darn!) so I can have some of this!


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