If you’ve been hanging out here for very long, you know if I post a recipe, it’s going to be easy. I like easy. I don’t have a lot of time on the farm to spend all day making complicated dishes. When I wanted to try something new, I thought raspberry cheesecake tarts sounded good, but I hated the idea of doing crust and cheesecake and raspberry sauce, so I simplified things.
You need enough pie crust for two single crusts. You can make your own or use pre-made crusts. I did my own because purchased crusts are not vegetarian friendly. Roll the pie crust and line muffin tins, making sure to leave a good edge to help lift them out of the pan when they are cool. I used six jumbo and eight regular muffin tins. To make your filling, just use a beater and mix together:
Two 8 oz packages of cream cheese (softened)
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
dash of salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 pint black raspberries
I used frozen raspberries from my pasture, and I did drain a bit of the juice off. I won’t vouch for it, but I imagine fresh raspberries or red raspberries or even blackberries would also be good. The batter will not be as thick as a true cheesecake batter. I’m not going to lie. I turned into a little kid licking the beaters and the bowl. Fill the muffin tins and put them in a 350*F oven. Trying to decide how long to bake this was the hardest part. I baked them for about an hour.
Like cheesecake, they will fall as they cool,
which I just call a whipped topping well.
The only thing hard about this recipe was getting them out of the muffin tins. I guess that’s okay because any of them messed up belong to the cook, right? They come out of the muffin tins easier if you wait until they’ve been placed in the refrigerator to cool for several hours.
I might consider doing this as large pies rather than tarts. I’m certainly going to be making this again. I did have a couple of taste testers, and they gave it their approval.
It didn’t take long to get to that last bite!
I’m thinking this would be perfect for a family Christmas dessert.