Monday, February 21, 2011

maple cheesecake with roasted pears

the goods:

46 vanilla wafers
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
nonstick cooking spray
1 medium pear, sliced lengthwise 1/8 inch thick

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse wafers until finely ground. Add granulated sugar, salt, and butter and pulse until combined.

Firmly press crumb mixture into bottom and halfway up sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Bake until crust is dry and set, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely in plate on a wire rack before filling.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on high until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup maple syrup; beat until smooth. In a medium bowl, beat cream and confectioners' sugar on high until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. With a rubber spatula, stir about one-third the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture, then fold in remainder.

Transfer to crust and refrigerate until firm, 3 hours (or up to 1 day).

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange pear slices in a single layer on sheet and brush with maple syrup.

Broil until browned in spots, about 4 minutes, rotating sheet frequently. Let cool.

To serve, arrange pear slices on cheesecake.


Helena said...

Mmmh, I really like the unbaked filling :)

Lisa said...

Wow, this cheesecake sounds like it has some fantastic flavor in it ant it looks awesome. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cheesecake up.

Gloria Lee said...

I love that this is a no bake cheesecake with maple and pears! It looks beautiful!

Brittany @ Real Sustenance said...

Holy COW!! This Looks/Sounds Amazing. I have been on a cheesecake kick lately. I am going to have to try this one (THough Dairy Free!)

Wanted to invite you to share this recipe (and others) at my weekly Event Titled Seasonal Sundays! It fits the theme to a T!

Happy Sunday :)

Amy said...

OMG, your cheesecake with pears looks delicious! Can't wait to try out your recipe.

I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn' have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!