Individual Peach And Amaretti Cheesecakes

Fresh Ontario peaches placed on a layer of decadent cheesecake filling and a distinctive almond-flavoured crust offer that wow-factor every host is looking for. The ramekin-sized portions make it easy for guests to enjoy while standing at a backyard party or elegant enough for a sit-down dinner.

Makes 8 3-inch (7.5 cm) rameki

Tips

This recipe also adapts to an 8-inch (20 cm) springform pan. Be sure to wrap the pan with a double layer of tin foil to avoid any liquid entering the cheesecake. Bake the cheesecake for one hour then turn off the oven, leaving the cheesecake inside the oven with the door slightly ajar for one hour. Refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight before serving.
A Bain Marie is the French term for water bath. It means to place a container (pan, bowl, soufflé dish, etc.) of food in a large, shallow pan of warm water, which surrounds the food with gentle heat. The food may be cooked in this manner either in an oven or on top of a range. This technique is designed to cook delicate dishes such as custards, sauces and savory mousses without breaking or curdling them. It can also be used to keep cooked foods warm.

Ingredients

Crust:
1 cup finely crushed Amaretti cookies (one 200 g package) 250 ml
3 tbsp melted butter 45 ml
2 tbsp brown sugar 30 ml
2 tbsp all-purpose flour 30 ml
Filling:
1/2 lb cream cheese at room temperature 250 g
1/2 lb Mmscarpone at room temperature 250 g
1/3 lb sugar 75 ml
2 eggs 2
3 ripe Ontario peaches, peeled, pitted and crushed 3
Garnish:
2 ripe Ontario peaches, thinly sliced for decorating 2
  sugar  

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and place oven rack in centre position.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix cookie crumbs, melted butter, brown sugar and flour. Divide crumb mixture evenly among 8 ramekins, about 2 tbsp (30 mL) each, pressing into bottoms. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 325°F (160°C).
  4. With a mixer or a wooden spoon, combine the cream cheese and mascarpone. Add sugar, beat in eggs one at a time and mix until smooth. Add the crushed peaches to the cheese mixture and stir to combine. Divide mixture evenly among each ramekin spooning cream cheese filling on top of cooled crusts.
  5. Place the cheesecakes in a Bain Marie (see note below) filled with about one inch
  6. (2.5 cm) of hot water. Bake for 50 minutes then turn off oven, leaving the cheesecakes inside with the door slightly ajar for one hour. Refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight before serving.
  7. For serving, decorate with thin slices of peeled peaches, sprinkle with sugar and caramelize with a torch, as per preparing a crème brûlée.
  8. Makes eight three-inch (7.5 cm) ramekins.