I’ve been meaning to try out my mini-cheesecake pans for a while. It wasn’t until this weekend I took my chance.
I offered to make a cheesecake for an gathering at a friend’s house. Since most of the ingredients come in enough quantities that I don’t use all of them for a single cheesecake, I only needed to get one extra brick of cream cheese to do this.
Given the size differences between the large and small pans, I estimated I would only need 1/3 of the ingredients for all three mini-cheesecake pans. Or two, if I wanted a thick cake. I went for three.
I made both the big and small sets side by side. Except for running out of vanilla, I didn’t run into any issues.
Baking was where I was most worried. I was pretty sure if I tossed everything in for the 50 minutes the big cake needs, the small ones would be crispy. So I checked on them at 15 or 10 minutes intervals. One of the small ones came out at thirty minutes, the other two at forty. I stuck them in the fridge immediately.
The topping was blueberry, which I made the next night. I had more than enough for all four cakes.
So how did it turn out? I don’t want to say great, but it turned out. Comparable to the big cheesecake.
This opens up a lot of options for me. Since most of the ingredients are things I usually have around my kitchen, I can make three small cheesecakes for the cost of the cream cheese and any flavoring or toppings I might want.
Secondly, I can make the cheesecakes as a dessert option without the risk of throwing away a bunch of left overs. I’ve discovered that I start to get bored with a meal after three or four meals in a row (not just dessert, any meal), and this opens up some options for late afternoon snacks.
Third, I can experiment with new cheesecake recipes without the risk of a whole cake being ruined.
Glad I finally got around to this one. Lots of new possibilities to consider.