Friday, January 29, 2010

Lemon coconut mini cheesecakes

Lemon coconut mini cheesecakes / Mini cheesecakes de limão siciliano e coco

I’ve read that “Monk” is about to end – its last season is about to start here in Brazil. Can’t say I’m sad – I’ve tried watching the show several times, but it’s really not my cup of tea; I don’t see what all the fuss is about – or all the awards, for that matter.

I used to feel the same way about cheesecakes, until I made this recipe – now I want to try each and every cheesecake flavor out there. :)

Lemon coconut mini cheesecakes / Mini cheesecakes de limão siciliano e coco

Lemon coconut mini cheesecakes
adapted from Donna Hay magazine

75g digestive cookies
1/3 cup (30g) unsweetened desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted

175g ricotta
175g cream cheese
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (162g) caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
finely grated zest of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 160°C/300°F.
To make the base, process the cookies in a food processor until finely crushed. Add the coconut and butter and process until combined.
Butter fourteen 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity mini cheesecake pans (with removable bottoms). Press the mixture over the base of each pan and refrigerate.
Process the ricotta and cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and juice and process until combined. Pour the mixture over the bases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until set.
Allow to cool, then refrigerate. Carefully remove from the pans and top with coconut curls to serve.

Makes 14


lululu said...

as usual, elegant-looking petit dessert! :)

Rachael said...

Aw those are adorable! They look so yummy!

Marysol said...

Oh dear, I've been working on a coconut/lemon cake for V-day, but your cheesecake version looks and sounds even better and easier.

Btw, I've also heard how wonderful the TV show "Monk" is. Seems to be one of those great shows nobody's watching.

However, cheesecakes, ALL cheesecakes, have always been embraced by me, from day one.

symphonious sweets said...

Such a beautiful and petite cake. The size makes it easier to gobble up! These look wonderful!

Lindsay said...

Oh gosh, I've been craving citrus with how rainy it has been. These look delicious.

Вера said...

Just perfect!!!

Anna said...

My hubby love cheesecake, And this little baby is just perfect, bite size, for him at least. LOL. Great pictures.

Amber said...

I LOVE Cheesecake! These are beautiful! I have never heard of mini cheesecake pans. I'm going to have to search for some:)

Rose said...

These look beautiful! I love the small portions. Sometimes a big slice just kills the whole taste.

Stef said...

The combo of flavors sounds so refreshing. Yum!

Table Talk said...

Individual desserts are so much fun. The blend of ricotta and cream cheese sounds very good!

Alexandra said...

These look so delicately delicious.

Manggy said...

Aw, I liked it, in its first season :) I wanted to see if I got the clues right!
A cheesecake convert! They're still not high up on my dessert ladder but I'd still gladly eat them :)

Unknown said...

I can't imagine anyone not liking cheesecake. I like mine a little tangy - not overly sweet. These look great. Welcome to the cheesecake side of life!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

What gorgeous little cheesecakes - and I love the combination of lemon and coconut. I think you've just solved my problem of what to make for friends in a couple of weeks' time...

Gattina Cheung said...

Pat, when you are going to open your own pastry shop??? Don't waste your talent!

Abby said...

Agreed on Monk. ;)

But cheesecake? I've never met one I didn't like!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lu, thank you!

Rachael, thank you!

Marysol, that cake sounds amazing! Can't wait to see it on your blog.

Symphonious Sweets, they are so small you almost feel no guilt after eating them. :)

GrassNaps, thank you for stopping by!

Vera, thank you!

Anna, thank you! The petite desserts are almost guilt-free. :)

Amber, thank you! I hope you find the pans. :)

Rose, thank you! You are right.

Stef, thank you!

Table Talk, thank you for visiting!

Alexandra, thank you for stopping by!

Mark, I like doing that with "Lie to Me". :)

Wizzy, thank you! I'm a convert now! :)

A Forkful..., thanks! lemon and coconut are really great together. And I hope your friends like these!

Gattina, that sounds like a plan, darling!

Abby, so we're on the same page, darling!

Peabody said...

Fantastic...I love me some cheesecake and some minis. Too cute.

Barbara said...

No way...the coconut in the cookies crust?! Love it! I'm going to try this one!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pea, thank you, sweetie!

Barbara, hope you like it!

Walkiria said...

Simply deliciouso. here a new fallower.
Greetings from Costa Rica.

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