Maple has been on my mind a lot lately and I have been looking for new ways to enjoy it. While I was going through my bookmarked maple recipes I came across one for a maple cheesecake from Not Quite Nigella and I had to make it immediately. Cheesecake has to be one of my favorite desserts and combining it with the flavour of maple sounded like a great idea! I started out with my standard cheesecake recipe and pretty much just replaced the sugar with maple syrup. An equal amount of maple syrup is not as sweet as sugar but I knew that I was going to drench the cheesecake with more maple syrup when I ate it so I did a straight up replacement. My apartment was filled with the an amazing cheesecake and maple flavour while it was baking and that built up my anticipation even more. So much so that I ate the first one when it had cooled just enough to eat. The maple cheesecake drenched in maple syrup was so good! The still warm from the oven cheesecake was nice and light and fluffy and creamy and good! The maple syrup soaked into the crust and into the cheesecake infusing every mouthful with intense maple flavour. It was pure delight! I ate the second one cool from the fridge and it was more dense and creamy the way I normally like my cheesecakes and it was just as good. I served the second one with some maple whipped cream for even more maple enjoyment.
Maple Cheesecake(makes 2 servings)
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 egg (room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, maple syrup and butter.
2. Press the mixture into the bottom of two 4 inch spring form pans.
3. Mix the cream cheese and maple syrup.
4. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract.
5. Pour the mixture into the spring form pans.
6. Bake in a preheated 325F oven until it is set, about 45-60 minutes.
Note: This recipe makes enough for 2 4 inch spring form pans. Triple the recipe for an 8 inch spring form pan and quadruple the recipe for a 10 inch spring form pan.
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