Khana Mama at Bakefest DXB 2011 and Mini Cheesecakes with Jam

I never liked eating cheesecakes, but I always liked making them. From traditional New York Cheesecakes to Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ones, there was something about popping open that springform pan that somehow gave me joy.  But now I found a recipe (adapted from Grace Parisi) that is so  easy and so tasty that I actually like to eat these cheesecakes too. I hope everyone else enjoys these as much as I do since I will be making them for BAKEFEST DXB. Hope to see everyone on November 26!!
 
Mini Cheesecakes with Jam
 
 
 
INGREDIENTS:
 
9  digestive biscuits such as McVities, broken
3 tablespoons unsalted butter,melted
8 oz.Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup sugar
2/3 cup crème fraiche, at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ cup raspberry jam (or any you like)
 
PREPARATION:
 
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with foil baking cups and spray with vegetable oil spray.
 
2. In a food processor,  finely crush all the biscuits. Add butter and keep processing until mixed. Spoon the mixture into the 12 cups and press with the bottom of a glass to compact the crumbs. Bake for 5 minutes or until set. Leave oven on.
 
3. In a medium bowl using a handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese with the sugar at medium speed until smooth. Beat in the crème fraiche, the eggs, and the vanilla.  Beat until smooth.
 
4. Pour cheesecake batter into prepared muffin cups and fill about ¾ full. Bake 10-15 minutes or until centers are slightly jiggly. Remove from oven and cool. Transfer to fridge and chill.
 
5. When ready to serve, remove foil paper and transfer to plate. Top with raspberry jam. 
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