January 27, 2012

Mini Heart Shaped Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

mini heart shaped raspberry white chocolate cheesecake
With just over two weeks until Valentine’s Day, cute heart-shaped things are starting to pop up all over the blogosphere, and I couldn’t wait to join in! I’m actually not that big into mushy Valentine’s Day stuff and I certainly don’t need to receive any gifts (I always seem to kill flowers within a day and I don’t even like chocolate), but I do enjoy the spirit of the holiday, and am super excited to bake Valentine’s themed treats!

My first Valentine’s Day recipe this year was this mini heart-shaped white chocolate cheesecake, and it turned out so well that I almost want to quit now while I’m ahead, because I don’t think I can top this!

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My mom got me this mini heart-shaped springform pan last year and I was eager to test it out last Valentine’s Day. At first I had a hard time finding any recipes online that would fit the pan, so I was excited when I found this gorgeous cheesecake from Pennies on a Platter, with raspberry swirls in a white chocolate batter over an Oreo crust.

I wanted to make something similar to hers because I love white chocolate and raspberry together, but her recipe was for an 8” cheesecake so I had to play around with the ingredients quite a bit to figure out how to make just the right amount for a 4” pan. I was close with my first try last year, but still ended up with too much leftover batter. The cheesecake was just as delicious as I expected though, so I was more than happy to give it another try this year!

mini heart shaped raspberry white chocolate cheesecake
This year, not only did I get the amount of ingredients just right for the mini pan, but I also discovered that spreading raspberry sauce across the top of the cheesecake (instead of swirling it into the batter) makes it even prettier! I loved the colour contrast of the red, white, and black together, but I loved the flavour even more! Each forkful gives you the perfect combination of raspberry, cheesecake, and chocolate, and the texture of the cheesecake was creamy and rich and everything a cheesecake should be.

mini heart shaped raspberry white chocolate cheesecake
After I started photographing the cheesecake I realized it needed something else on top, so I melted some white chocolate and wrote a simple Valentine’s message on it. Obviously chocolate isn’t the best choice for this type of thing because it hardens in the fridge, so you’ll probably want to use an icing instead, but the chocolate still worked well if you’re in a pinch!

Cut in half, this is just the right size to serve two people, making it perfect for a Valentine’s date. I actually cut each half in two so that I could share it with my sister and parents, and the smaller pieces were a nice size for a snack or light dessert that doesn’t leave you feeling stuffed, but we were all wishing for more after because it was so good!

I shared this link in Sweets for Saturday over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies.

mini heart shaped raspberry white chocolate cheesecake

Mini Heart-Shaped Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake


Makes one 4-inch cheesecake, Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

For the Oreo Crust:
1/2 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter

For the Cheesecake:
4 oz (half a brick) cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 a large egg (whisk one egg in a bowl first then divide in half)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz melted white chocolate

For the Raspberry Sauce:
5oz raspberries
1 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Directions:

For the Oreo Crust:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix Oreo crumbs with sugar and melted butter in a small bowl, until all crumbs are all moistened with butter. Pour into a 4” heart-shaped springform pan and press down with your fingers to cover the bottom of the pan and slightly up the sides. I ended up with a bit of extra leftover crumbs.

Bake in preheated oven for about 7-10 minutes. Remove and leave on a wire rack to cool.

For the Cheesecake:

Mix cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl until completely softened and smooth. I just used a whisk and mixed this by hand, but make sure you mix the cream cheese well. Add the half egg and mix until combined.

Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Lastly, add the melted white chocolate and mix until combined.

Transfer the cheesecake to the springform pan with the cooled crust. Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 250°F and bake for another 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn off oven and let cheesecake cool in oven for 1 hour or until it’s cool enough to touch. Remove and let cool at room temperature until completely cooled.

For the Raspberry Sauce:

Bring raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Let boil about 5 minutes, until thickened. Press through a fine mesh sieve to discard the seeds.

Pour raspberry sauce over the cooled cheesecake and smooth with a spatula. Transfer cheesecake to a covered container and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

mini heart shaped raspberry white chocolate cheesecake
Giveaway: (now closed)

Now I know a lot of you are thinking you won't be able to make this because you don't have the same pan I used. Well not to worry because all this lovey-dovey stuff has put me in a generous mood, so I'm giving one reader the chance to win their own Wilton mini heart-shaped springform pan!

How to Enter:
Leave a comment on this post telling me What would be your ideal Valentine's Day dessert?

Optional Additional Entries:
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Rules and Details:
  1. This giveaway is only open to those with Canadian or U.S. shipping addresses.
  2. Include your name and a valid email address with each entry so that I can contact you (the comment system will ask for your email address but it will not be published).
  3. Entries must be submitted by Monday, January 30 at midnight EST.
  4. I will randomly choose the winning comment on Tuesday morning and email the winner. That person will have 48 hours to respond with their shipping address or a new winner will be selected.
Good luck!

This post/giveaway is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Wilton. I just like this pan and want to share it with someone else!

UPDATE
:
The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected. Thanks to all for your entries!

40 comments:

  1. Wow- that is so cute! Beautiful presentation! I'd love to try to make this into a raw cheesecake, especially in a heart-shaped pan. :)

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  2. Beautiful!  I'm sure that it's just as tasty as it looks.

    My ideal Valentine's Day dessert would be one of those molton chocolate cakes.

    randomcreative28 at gmail dot com

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  3. Triple yum - I love the layers so each bite gets a bit of everything! Thanks for sharing with me :)
    Can I choose this as my ideal Valentines dessert? Otherwise I would go with something like tiramisu or cannoli

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  4. I already subscribe to your RSS feed

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  5. I would love a cheesecake or baked fudge!

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  6. That looks delicious!
    My ideal valentine's dessert would be chocolate pudding with strawberries, classic, but can't be beat :) That said, I'm pretty tempted by that cheesecake...!

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  7. This looks lovely! If I have to choose another valentine's dessert besides cheesecake, I'd say red velvet cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting!

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  8. it sounds a little crazy but i would love lemon bars! something light and tart after a (hopefully!) rich and decadent meal ;)

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  9. My ideal Valentine's Day dessert is a chocolate souffle. 

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  10. my ideal Valentines desset is chocolate mousse

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  11. My ideal valentine's day dessert is warm brownies with vanilla ice cream!

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  12. Sheila Kerr FennellJanuary 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I don't believe any other recipe could beat this heart-shaped Raspberry White Chocolate Cheese Cake for a Valentine's Day dessert. Presentation pictures are great! Thanks for yet another scrumptious recipe!
     
    Made the Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake last Monday and it was soooo perfect, moist and great to snack on at all hours of the day. Of course it was gone by Wednesday leaving me to think of using the same basic recipe but adding blueberries & a little lemon zest when I experiment again!
     
    Many thanks for your site.

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  13. Very nice looking dessert!  My ideal Valentine's dessert would probably be a really decadent chocolate brownie cake with vanilla icecream. 

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  14. subscribe to google reader

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  15. The perfect dessert would have to be a dark chocolate souffle with raspberries and rich cream on top and then sprinkled with powdered sugar! The best part would be if I could convince the husband to make it for me! :)

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  16. My ideal Valentine dessert would be chocolate cake.

    nmh001@lvc.edu

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  17. I like Once Upon a Cutting Board on Facebook.

    nmh001@lvc.edu

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  18. I am currently on a diet, so my ideal dessert would be . . . anything with chocolate or sugar.  And no carrots.  Sorry, carrot cake.

    Julieintheskywithdiamonds(at)verizon(dot)net

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  19. I liked Once Upon a Cutting Board on facebook :)

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  20. Gwen N

    would love to win this!  I would try the recipe you posted!

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  21. So sweet! I'm a sucker for this kind of thing. Heart on my sleeve type ;) My ideal Valentine's dessert would have involve dulce de leche. There's something so indulgent and sumptuous about it! Perfect for this holiday.

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  22. I've also liked Once Upon A Cutting Board from both my personal account and my Blog's FB page :) 

    Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway! It was a great way to be introduced to your blog. Found it through the Food Bloggers of Canada site :)

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  23. It would have to be my favorite dessert-- Chocolate Cake

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  24. I subscribe to rss feed

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  25. My sister is going to be posting a raw Valentine's cheesecake soon!

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  26. Good call, those are perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  27. Red velvet anything seems perfect for Valentine's Day!  I've seen heart-shaped red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting that look so cute!

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  28. Aw thanks, Sheila, it makes me so happy to read things like this!  I'm so glad to hear the coffee cake turned out well, and your version with blueberries sounds like it would be delicious!

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  29. That dessert sounds amazing, but I agree, anything made by someone else instead of me would be the ideal dessert!

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  30. It's so nice to connect with other Canadian food bloggers!  Thanks for visiting and sharing the link on your page!

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  31. The ideal Valentine's Day dessert would be chocolate cake with strawberries.

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