Sunday, August 9, 2009

Red Currant Mini-Cheesecakes

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Children come when they wish beginning a lifelong schooling of a parent in the truth that after procreating your life is not your own. Our little Tigerlily came on the 31st of July--happy, healthy and surprisingly big (considering).

The nausea of pregnancy is gone, let the gluttony begin. And, it started with some mini-cheesecakes from the freezer

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Red Currant Cheesecake
Recipe:
Red Currant Mini-Cheesecakes
This is the Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake recipe and I don't repost published recipes on the blog. I did signifantly decrease the proportions to bake a much smaller amount and make then in lined mini-cupcake tins. They baked in a convection oven for 15 minutes

crust:
2/3 cups rusk, pulverized
1/3 stick butter, melted
2 T olive oil
2/3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

cheesecake:
1 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
1/3 cup sugar & 2 T sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 t lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
Splash of anise flavoring or anise liqueur
1/3 cup red currants (dropped into the cupcake tins)

34 comments:

Grace said...

i admit, i had to look up rusks to see what they were. they sound like they'd make a lovely crust, but that's not even the best part of these--it's cheesecake! hooray! glad the nausea's gone and you can move on to a much happier stage. :)

Foodycat said...

Congratulations! Welcome to Tigerlily! Let the feasting begin. Nice cheesecakes, too.

pigpigscorner said...

I was also wondering what's rusks. The mini cheesecakes look really cute!

chakhlere said...

Those are looking so yummy!!
Just loved it!!

maybelle's mom said...

Rusks are commercial toasts. I just updated the post to put a link to the wiki definition.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

These are simply delightful! I love the mini portions too since cheesecake can be too filling.

Reeni♥ said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! How wonderful! These cheesecakes are just scrumptious with the fresh currants. And so beautiful!

Helene said...

I'm so glad, for you,, that nausea is gone. Those mini cheesecakes are so cute. And you did amazing pics.

Zoƫ said...

I love these. I don't really like currants, but these look beautiful and scrumptious (you take great photos, btw!).

And most importantly, welcome, welcome to Tigerlilly, and to the re-beginning of food, glorious food! : )

p.s. Maybe I'm one of the few that know rusks. We grew up on them (in the UK). Good stuff!

angela@spinachtiger said...

How cute. I never knew what rusk was. I have always wanted to cook with red currants..haven't gotten there yet.

Pam said...

Are those what dried currants are made from?

Soma said...

Looks beautiful! i love the cup cake liners or whatever u call them;-)

5 Star Foodie said...

These mini-cheesecakes are gorgeous! I would love the red currant flavor!

Dhanggit said...

Absolutely beautiful and delicious!!

lisaiscooking said...

Congratulations! Enjoy the gluttony. These cheesecakes look delicious.

chou said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty. I am so happy that you're feeling better. Your children are lucky you love them enough to put up with pregnancy . . .

Lori said...

Congratulations!
These are quite a yummy dessert to celebrate end of nausea with! Their beautiful.

Now you have to add some baby feet to your pic!

Tim said...

Congratulation Maybelle's (and Tigerlily's) Mom!

This mini cheesecake idea is definitely something I'm gonna check out. And by the way, how photogenic are red currants!

Caviar and Codfish said...

Glad to hear you can move onto the gluttony phase (the best part of pregnancy?) :D

Those currants are GORGEOUS!

ejm said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family and to finally losing the nausea.

What a great idea to freeze mini cheesecakes! And I love the idea of the brilliant contrast of sweet and sour with red currants dropped in directly.

We usually use Graham Cracker crumbs or Oreo cookie crumbs for cheese cake crust but I really like this idea of using rusks. It must cut the sweetness dramatically. (At least I'm assuming rusks aren't very sweet - I too had to use your handy link to find out what rusks are.)

-Elizabeth

Juliana said...

Oh! Congratulations on your new baby :-)

These little cheesecakes look so yummie! Great pictures as well.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Congratulations!!!! =)

And woohoo, let the pigging out begin! (Not that you pig out, teehee.)

~~louise~~ said...

Oh how "purty!" I am especially intrigued by the "splash" of anise flavoring.

Enjoy gluttony!!!

Bellini Valli said...

Baby cheesecakes to celebrate baby days. Thanks for sharing these delightful bites.

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Congratulations for Tigerlily!!!

Wow! We have piles of red currants around - and this is a very nice way to use them! Did you have problems peeling the paper off the cheesecake? I guess, once could eat the cheesecake off the liners.

Dharm said...

Welcome Little Tigerlily!! Congrats and all happiness to the whole family. I love the cheesecake and I am so, so excited for you! All Blessings! Lots of love from this part of the world dear friend!

glamah16 said...

Oh you had the baby! Great news. Glad to hear you and the baby are doing well and that you are on the mend.I habe dooing mini chese cakes like these and love portions. They always go over well at parties.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Beautiful photos!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Welcome Tigerlily! :)
What does Belle think?

~~louise~~ said...

Just dropped by to say Congratulations to you and yours! I'm feeling a bit gluttonous about now. I hope you don't mind if I take a mini to go. I just can't help it they look so yummy! Thanks for sharing...

Sophie said...

I have been so out of the loop, but I wanted to drop by and say HELLO to the new little cutie and CONGRATS! :) Yay for being able to enjoy yummy food like this again!

Sophie said...

I think I just left a signature using my other blog's url, but this is the same sophie from flour arrangements :P. I think the heat's getting to me! :)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Congrats!!These are just gorgeous.Love the use of red currants...great flavour MM.

Maggie said...

Congratulations!

The cheesecakes look wonderful! I have to try the currant/anise combination.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Can I have one purleeeeese!!!? They look so delicious! Berries are some of my favorite fruits...

Cheers,

Rosa