The Backstage Baker’s new show is a revival of the award-winning David Hare play Plenty. Check it out here. It stars Rachel Weisz and I think is already completely sold out.
For their first Wine and Unwind, our BB outdid himself with these gorgeous looking mini cheesecakes. I mean, can you stand them? And can you eat just one??? (There’s a joke about plenty in here that I can’t quite find . . .)
Before you start, you need to get a mini-cheesecake pan with removable bottom sections. (OMG, more kitchenware?? Yet . . . these little darlings sure look worth it!) Here’s a link to the one the Backstage Baker uses.
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
1 cup crushed Chocolate wafers or ginger snaps or whatever crisp cookie you are in the mood for
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
24 fresh raspberries
Chocolate chips (white or dark, depending your taste)
2 ounces dark chocolate, melted, for drizzling
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease mini-cheesecake pan. Stuff 12 raspberries with dark or white chocolate chips. (James tells me he was able to get two chips into each raspberry.)
Place a heaping teaspoon (more or less, depending on how much you like crust) in each cheesecake well. Tamp down with fingers or a teaspoon. Place in the oven for 3 minutes. Let cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
Fill cheesecake wells half-full, them place one raspberry stuffed with chocolate on top. Cover with the rest of the batter. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool completely.
Gently push each cheesecake out of its well from the bottom. With a thin spatula, remove each cheesecake from the bottom plate and place on parchment paper or lightly greased tinfoil. Drizzle with melted chocolate and place a raspberry in the center. Heaven!
Corey Stoll who plays Brock, Jesca Prudencio – Assistant Director and Maria Goyanes – Associate Producer wining and unwinding
Emily Bergl who plays Alice and her contribution a delicious Golden Syrup cake. (Notice the colorful pile of spike tape on the table in the back!!!) I’ll ask her is she will share the recipe.