RECIPE: Pear, Bleu Cheese & Walnut Mini Cheesecakes
Due to its proximity to March 14th (3/14), for Eugene Veggie Supper Club this month, I set our theme as PIE. Pie beats out cake any day of the week, in my mind. Cheesecake is a misnomer if I ever heard of one; so I dreamt up this recipe from a basic “normal” no-bake cheesecake recipe…
Pear, Bleu Cheese & Walnut
makes about 12 to 14 mini-cheesecakes
- 12 mini-graham crusts (they come in 6-packs, or make your own small or large)
- 8 oz. cream cheese or neufchâtel
- 4 oz. bleu cheese crumbles
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 can of pears (in their own juice – not syrup) with about 1/2 of the juice from the canned pears
- 1 small (4 oz) container of diced pears (for blending)
Dole makes snack-cup sized diced pears
- 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
- 1 small (4 oz) container of diced pears (for garnish)
- candied walnuts (for garnish)
- arugula (for garnish)
- Combine cheeses, sugar, juices, extracts, and pears into a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth.
- Add heavy whipping cream and mix until fluffy.
- Scoop filling into crust(s) and chill for at least 3 hours.
- Garnish with extra diced pears, walnuts & arugula right before serving. Enjoy!
Prep time: 15-20 minutes, chill 3+ hours
Nutritional Info (per serving): With Crust: 280 calories, Fat 17g, Protein 4g. Without Crust: 170 cal, Fat 12g, Protein 3g.
This recipe is surprisingly easy to make. You can make your own crust, candy your own walnuts, etc – but there’s definitely no dire need. These cheesecakes could easily be make into a larger cheesecake as well (just use a bigger crust, the filling would be the same). It’s a beautiful mix of savory and sweet.
This is a mainly music-based blog (in fact my Puscifer Portland 3/14 review is coming shortly after their show). If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.
Happy Pi(e) Day!
The first thousand digits of Pi… π = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862 0899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462
294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024 9141273724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609433 05727036575959195309218611738193261179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336244 0656643086021394946395224737190702179860943702770539217176293176752384674818467669405132000568127145263560827785771342757789609173 6371787214684409012249534301465495853710507922796892589235420199561121290219608640344181598136297747713099605 18707211349999998372978049951059731732816096318595024459455346908302642522308253344685035261931188171010003137838752886587533208381 420617177669147303598253490428755468731159562863882353787593751957781857780532171226806613001927876611195909216420198