Monday, 25 August 2014

Cheesecake (New York Style, Almond Crust)

Cheesecake is one of our favourite desserts in this household, and I've been making low-carb cheesecakes since my first time doing keto. They're fun to cook and easy to adjust for flavours. I'm not sure why I never posted a recipe! I have plenty of pictures and instructions, so I'm going to post them today. This recipe is going to be for a New York style cheesecake, but you can expect chocolate drizzle with brownie crust, chocolate swirl, maple pecan, and strawberry flavours soon enough!
Left: New York cheesecake bars with almond coconut crust
Right: peanut butter fudge bars with almond coconut crust
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Ingredients
Ignore "sugar"!!!
This picture is from when I made cheesecake for my mum, and she dislikes hates sweeteners
Crust

The crust we will be using for this, whether you're making bars or a round cheesecake, is almond coconut crust. If you're adding flavours to this cheesecake and you want to change up the crust, swap out the coconut for another kind of filler, such as crushed pecans.

  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 unsweetened coconut, shredded
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener, or equivalent (I'm  using Splenda)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Filling


  • 2 bricks (16 oz) plain cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sweetener, or equivalent (I'm using Splenda)
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large eggs, whole
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt (optional)
Nutritional info, per serving (12): 239 cals, 4g net carbs (5g carbs, 1g fiber), 22g fat, 5g protein
Nutritional info, whole batch: 2867 cals, 49g net carbs (59g carbs, 10g fiber), 263g fat, 61g protein

Ingredients
Calories
Net Carbs (g)
Carbs (g)
Fiber (g)
Fat (g)
Protein (g)
3/4 cup ground almonds
412
6
14
8
36
15
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
71
1
3
2
7
1
1/4 cup unsalted butter
407
0
0
0
46
0
3/4 cup Splenda
0
18
18
0
0
0
16 oz plain cream cheese
1600
16
16
0
144
32
2 large eggs
140
2
2
0
10
12
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
200
4
4
0
20
1
1 tbsp vanilla extract
37
2
2
0
0
0


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Directions:
We're going to start off by making the crust. First, preheat your oven to 350F and grease the bakeware you plan on using (a kick-ass brownie pan like mine, a 9 or 8 inch springform pan, ramekins, etc).
Melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter. Mix dry crust ingredients in a bowl and add the melted butter. Spread the dough throughout your pan. I usually start from the middle and work my way out (using my fingers). It might look like you don't have enough, but you do: 
You can choose whether to bake your crust or not. You aren't using any ingredients in the crust that will harm you if you don't bake it now, and you will be baking it later. If you decide to bake the crust, pop it in the oven for roughly 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Be careful not to burn the crust. After baking (or if you didn't bake it), put your dough in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
While your dough is chilling, make the filling for your cheesecake. An easy way to soften cream cheese is to leave it on the counter for a few hours the day you know you're going to make cheesecake. If you didn't do that, however, just pop your cream cheese in a microwavable bowl and microwave it for 20-30 seconds. To make softening easier, cut the cream cheese into slices/cubes/portions (by the way, the same works for butter!). 
I left these out all afternoon so I didn't need to bother chopping them up. 
Whip up your filling ingredients (16 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1/2 cup granulated sweetener, and a pinch of salt). Unfortunately I don't have a picture of what the above looked like after mixing. 
This is from the cheesecake bars I made for my mum.
I picked up this kick-ass brownie pan from Stokes for $11 and I LOVE it.
Carefully pour your filling into your crust-lined pan. The crust is delicate so try not to push it around. Bake your cheesecake at 350F for 45 minutes to an hour.
Note: I don't use water baths for these, but if you're concerned about your cheesecake drying out, go ahead and use a water bath. To do so, wrap your pan in foil to make it water tight, put the pan in roasting bakeware and add some water. Check out this video for some tips on this process. 
This is one of the first few cheesecakes I ever made with this recipe.
A New York style cheesecake with a brownie base. Mmm!
Carefully remove your cheesecake from the oven and let it cool for 10-20 minutes, then place in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
Send me some pictures if you make this cheesecake! I'd love to see them!

xo,
Jennifer

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