I always try to make dessert a fun treat to have. Although the kids love sweet things I try to balance that with fruit and other kind of natural snacking. I found out that portion control is a must when it comes to desserts and by using single serve cups or individual single containers it becomes extremely simple and easy.
I just got the most amazing treat from Rare Bird Preserves - passion fruit curd! It's amazingly exotic, with the passion fruit flavor and a truly luscious texture. It is smooth, creamy and sweet enough for you to eat it just as is or have it paired with something more neutral, like cream cheese. I decided to try these cheesecake cups and they came out perfect. The crunchy bottom layer is great and gives this treat that crunch that makes it real special and unique.
1 - Make the cookie base for the cheesecake cups: crumble the cookies on a food processor until they resemble sand. Add the melted butter and pulse a bit more to get all mixed up. This will get you plenty for the cheesecakes and you'll be left with some excess, which is great to use as a topping for ice cream or yogurt!
2 - Divide the cookie mix by the serving cups, pressing well on the bottom in order to create a well defined base level.
3 - Whisk the cream cheese or do it with the mixer to get it a bit more firm. Add the honey and remove the bowl from the mixer stand. Gently, add 3/4 of the passion fruit curd jar. Mix it gently with the cream cheese mix.
4 - Divide the cream cheese filling by the cups and add about a dollop of the remaining curd on each cup, mixing it with a straw or the back of a spoon to create a pattern. Add some mint leaves and enjoy!
Doesn't this image take you back to those hot summer days?! Yes, that was what I was going for! Whatever is going on outside, rain or shine, you can always trust food to take you back in time or to a different place. Food is magical and that's what makes it so special! When you love food and cooking it becomes a true pleasure just being in the kitchen creating something new everyday.
This recipe is very versatile - you can use whatever fruit and preserves you like! Make it your own and use the ingredients you have at hand to get the best results. This is a very simple and quick recipe to make and it's perfect for when you've got someone coming over and need a fast treat for dinner!