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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Homemade Cheesecake

I hosted a kids' cooking class through our homeschool group this year, and they surprised me with a gift at our last get-together- a springform pan :) My oldest son loves cheesecake and has been asking me to make one for months, so I abliged and made a very creamy treat!





Ingredients:

7-9 graham crackers (try using homemade grahams)
1/3 c butter, melted
16 oz cream cheese
2 eggs
1/2 c organic sugar
1/4 c maple syrup
2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t lemon juice

Pre-heat oven to 350F

Crust:
In a large plastic bag, crush the grahams with a rolling pin until small crumbs. In a bowl, combine crumbs with butter- press into bottom of springform pan.

Bake for about 10 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.

Filling:
Beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar and maple syrup until creamy. Add vanilla and lemon juice and combine.

Pour into prepared crust and bake until firm, about 25-30 minutes. Let cheesecake cool, then store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before cutting.

As you can see in the picture, I topped mine with a little homemade fudge sauce. It would also be amazing with some fresh berries! Enjoy ;)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Homemade Grahams

My family loves graham crackers... the only problem is, all the grahams at the store contain soy products and /or hydrogenated oils! The organic kinds cost double, so they are out of the question...

After searching the grocery store shelves for an affordable, healthy choice of grahams (and failing to find anything), I decided to make my own :)






This is a recipe that I formulated myself, after having viewed quite a few recipes online. My family thought they were really good, with just the right texture and sweetness!

Ingredients:

1/2 c butter
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c honey
1 t vanilla extract
2 c sprouted wheat flour
1 c unbleached flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/2 c milk

Directions:

Cream together the butter, sugar and honey. Stir in vanilla and milk.

Mix together the flours, baking powder and soda, and salt.

Combine the two mixtures until incorporated. I had to knead on a floured surface to get them into a nice dough.

Chill dough until firm (from 1-4 hours)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. and grease cookie sheets (I used coconut oil).

Roll dough out to 1/8" and cut into rectangles. I scored the dough to look more like store-bought grahams. Place grahams 1/2" apart on cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned on edges and crisp.*

*Before baking, you may sprinkle with a little cinnamon-sugar for a sweeter treat.

Enjoy ;)

This post was shared at Monday Mania at the Healthy Home Economist