Friday, November 1, 2013

Lime Cheesecake Squares


ingredients

CRUST
  • 1/2 cup crushed graham wafers or 1/2 cup crushed graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 cup crushed vanilla wafers or 1/2 cup crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ground blanched almond
  • 1/4 cup butter

FILLING
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or 1 tablespoon cornstarch


Directions:

CRUST
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine graham wafer crumbs, vanilla wafer crumbs and ground almonds.
  3. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or a fork until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Prepare a 9 inch x 9 inch oven-proof casserole dish by spraying inside with a vegetable spray.
  5. Press wafer mixture firmly in bottom of casserole dish.
  6. Bake in preheated 350 F oven for 15 minutes.

FILLING
  1. In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese, sugar and egg until smooth.
  2. Add lime juice, grated lime zest and tapioca starch and beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. Spread mixture evenly over baked crust.
  4. Return to oven and bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes or until set.
  5. Cool on wire rack.
  6. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares to serve.
  7. If desired, decorate top of cheesecake with pieces of lime or halved small fresh strawberries or quartered maraschino cherries (red and green).
  8. You can also use regular lime juice or use bottled key lime juice.


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