Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Coulis

Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Coulis

I apologize for missing a post last week especially in lieu of Valentine’s Day.  I actually had 3 posts I wanted to share but had a very busy week and was unable to post them.

I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine’s Day shared with those that mean the most to you, I know I did.

This is a recipe I prepared for the occasion that if you’re a fan of cheesecake I think you’ll enjoy.  Of course, these can be made anytime of the year and is perfect for entertaining as well.

The raspberry coulis is bright red,  perfect for Valentine’s Day.  The same method can be used for other berries as well.  Once prepared and chilled I placed the coulis into a squeeze bottle so I could control the design I wanted.

As for the graham cracker crust, I’ve also used gluten free graham crackers
that I’ve purchased at Whole Foods, making the entire dessert gluten free.

Follow the recipe below exactly, for a perfect cheesecake – from room temperature ingredients to the order in which the ingredients are blended.

Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Coulis

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:

Cheesecake

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla or 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
  • 1 package Graham Crackers, gluten free if needed
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Raspberry Coulis

  • 1-1/2 c. raspberries
  • 1/2 c. superfine sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean

Directions:

  1. Cheesecake: In food processor blend crackers to a fine crumb.  Toss graham cracker crumbs with cinnamon then add melted butter (use more if needed) combining mixture.
  2. Spray 4 (4-inch) springform pans with non-stick spray.  Line bottoms with parchment rounds, spray parchment.
  3. Add approximately ¼ cup of graham cracker mixture to bottoms of each springform pan and bake at 350F degrees for 5 minutes.
  4. Using a mixer in this order – cream the cheese, then add sugar and blend until smooth.  Add eggs – one at a time, vanilla, and then whipping cream.
  5. Wrap heavy duty foil around each springform pan tightly, leaving top exposed.
  6. Divide cream cheese mixture among pans about 2/3 full, placing pans in a larger pan filled with a cold water bath, 1/2 way up the sides of the pans.
  7. Bake at 350F degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes.  Center will still be a bit jiggly.  Turn oven off DO NOT OPEN DOOR and leave in for another 10 minutes.
  8. Remove pans from oven, unwrapping foil around pans, and bring to room temperature.  Then refrigerate until fully chilled 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Unmold, remove parchment, place on plate, and serve plain or with Raspberry Sauce.
  10. Raspberry Coulis: Put the raspberries and sugar in a saucepan. Place pan over medium to high heat and bring to a boil.
  11. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
  12. When the raspberries have released some liquid, add vanilla bean.
  13. While cooking, stir and mash berries, until quantity is reduced by about 1/3. Strain the raspberries through a strainer, pushing on the pulp.
  14. Set aside to cool until ready to serve.  Can be placed in refrigerator, covered.
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14 Responses to “Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Coulis”

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 17, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    Luscious and delectable! I love the mini version…so much easier for the portion control. Beautiful photos, Vicki.

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  2. ela@GrayApron — February 17, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

    Cheesecake in your fingers…I can’t say “no”. Looks deliciously fun! :) ela

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  3. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine — February 17, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    Vicki, this is so pretty and sounds delicious. I love that you add the vanilla bean to the coulis, very yummy! Hope things slowed down enought for you to have a nice Valentine’s!

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  4. gloria — February 17, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    look absolutely delicious Vicki!!!
    love the coulis!

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  5. Betty — February 17, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    Love the little cheesecakes! I did not make any Valentine treats, but our anniversary is coming up soon. These are perfect for any special occasion. :)

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  6. John@Kitchen Riffs — February 17, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    Great looking mini cheesecake! Better late than never is what I say. And I so know what you mean about being busy — I need another one of me! Fun recipe — thanks.

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  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — February 18, 2014 @ 12:35 am

    We don’t have graham crackers at all other than at the really expensive import store via mail order. I can only imagine how long it will take to get gluten free over here. :)

    These cheesecakes look really good and since I was on overload from Valentine’s Day, it’s a good thing these gems were late.

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  8. Ash-foodfashionparty — February 18, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    That is such a pretty little cheesecake. A dessert like this is fun any time of the year. Hope you are doing well.

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  9. Choc Chip Uru — February 18, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    These look like they came from a restaurant, they look so delicious :D
    Mini but bursting with flavour!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. Beth — February 18, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    These are so pretty – and I love the idea of individual cheesecakes!

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  11. Hotly Spiced — February 18, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

    These individual cheesecakes look so yummy. I think serving them like this is great for presentation. And one can never have too much raspberry coulis xx

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  12. Liz — February 18, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

    I have some of those small springform pans…so I’m delighted to see your lovely recipe! You’re right; perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day :)

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  13. Juliana — February 19, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    Such a cute cheesecake…I adore everything mini…and the raspberry coulis just look perfect!
    Hope you are having a great week Vicki :D

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  14. Kathy — February 26, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

    Beautiful little cheesecakes and the raspberry coulis sounds wonderfully delicious!

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