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Let’s make cheesecake! This one is considerably better than the Failed Pesto Cheesecake of yore. I followed a recipe from Cooking Light, and I gotta say, it’s just alright. It’s neither amazing cheesecake nor super diety, but it’s light for a cheesecake, and if you’re serious about a diet, it might be worth a shot. They used a mix of Neufchatel and fat free cream cheese, which makes it a sight more palatable than five blocks of fat free!

The cherry port sauce is what really shines. Besides the impressiveness of it being home-made, it really does beat a can of cherry pie filling in terms of richness, without being TOO rich, since it is, after all, topping a cheesecake for crying out loud. Halve your favourite cheesecake recipe to make five ramekins this size and top with ruby beauty.

It all begins with graham cracker crumbs.

After throwing in some sugar and butter, we have the makings of a crust. These ramekins are a very generous size (yours might be more modest) and don’t need to be greased because they’ll be the serving receptacle.

While that’s baking, we get going on the cheese part of this cake.

Make your own dessert sand art!

Onto the cherry topping. This is my favourite part. It’s just sugar, tawny port and two bags of cherries.

Besides making your kitchen smell lovely, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have so much fun admiring the syrup that comes of this.

After your cakes have cooled and your cherries have chilled, you, my friend, have lovely cheesecakes for your efforts. Bravo! A good idea might be to serve with the leftover port, as you’ll have almost an entire bottle left, it’s a dessert wine, and you know for sure it will complement the dessert.

Now go ahead, dig right on in.

For all interested, the recipe can be found here.

  1. My Sweet & Saucy Said,

    Truly yummy looking!

  2. Big Boys Oven Said,

    thumbs up for lovely mini cheesecakes….. awesome!

  3. Jade'ndGinger Said,

    Oh Yes!!! this looks so good I will be making this happen! Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  4. Ashley Said,

    These look really good, I Love Cheesecake :)

  5. Snooky doodle Said,

    Hi
    Yhanks for visiting my blog. I don t bake cookies commercially I only bake as a hoppy although lately I ve been making some birthday cakes :) Your blog is really interesting and the photos are great. I love the step by step instructions they re really helpful. This cherry topped cheesecakes look delicious

  6. Megan Said,

    i just had cheesecake with cherry topping for dessert tonight! these looks absolutely delicious, not to mention beautiful in their individual bowls!

  7. big gals kitchen Said,

    This is absolutely perfect. Its like a mini cheesecake shot that they are selling at Applebees these days. I am recommending its addition to http://www.cheesecake-recipes.org

  8. Aleta Meadowlark Said,

    Thanks, everyone! I’m glad you liked them! =)

  9. rhid Said,

    These look amazingly tasty. I love the last pict with the cherry juices sliding down. Yum yum yum…

  10. Tami Said,

    Hand over a spoon! I’m digging in!!

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