Friday, June 26, 2009

Rosie Tries Her Hand At Giada's Cheesecakes.

I was watching Giada the other day -
and yes, I watch her for recipes too -
and she was making little mini orange and chocolate cheesecakes.
I thought I'd try out her recipe
with a few changes.
My ingredients for the crust:
4 graham crackers
8 gingersnaps
a handful of pecans
2 TB brown sugar
4 TB melted butter
For the cheesecake:
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 orange, zested
1 egg
I poured the butter into the brown sugar and the
crushed gingersnaps, graham crackers, and pecans.
And I pressed the mixture into
24 little muffin tins.
In my little mini-processor,
I combined the ricotta and cream cheese, the egg,
and the orange zest.
And I added some vanilla,
since I like vanilla.
Uh oh.
Always read a recipe all the way through first.
Giada's recipe makes 6 mini cheesecakes.
Let's regroup here for 24.
I used:
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup ricotta
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
zest of 1 orange
And I filled all 24 little muffins tins.
Pour water halfway up the sides
and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated
350 degree oven.
Let cool for 30 minutes,
then refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
These little buggers are a bitch to get out of the tins.
Sprinkle with more orange zest over top.
These are quite good cheesecakes.
I've made better,
but for simplicity of ingredients
and ease of preparation,
these are great. See HERE for another cheesecake recipe. Or HERE.


Donna-FFW said...

Rosie- Are these the mini muffin pans? What a great idea. I am going to try these.

Marion Walsh said...

Rosie, one thing worth buying is a mini-cheesecake pan (I got mine at Williams Sonoma) which have removable bottoms.

Anonymous said...

The one tiny little bite I had of this was wonderful! Please make these again!

Kathy said...

I have a philosophy of cheesecake - it's all good. Some is just better than others. So I think these would be delicious.

I have the same philosophy of pizza, ice cream, spaghetti & browniws.