Whipping Up Ratatouille-inspired Cherry Cheesecakes!

Happy Saturday, close friends! We built it! Virtual superior-fives all around! Modern snack is the best issue to aid usher in the weekend. It is really sweet, it’s easy, and it entails the vintage blend of chocolate, product cheese, and cherries.

Modern recipe will come from the minimal treasure trove that is Ratatouille: What’s Cooking? (A Cookbook for Kids). We’ve baked from this e book just before, and, while it’s labeled as a cookbook for kiddos, it is really not just that. Kids could certainly assist make the dishes located in the guide, but if you’re a child at coronary heart, this one’s for you, far too. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I procured this cookbook from the beloved Writers’ End in Disney’s Hollywood Studios again in 2012. And I’m creating this from a person of my favourite tranquil places in Hollywood Studios correct now, so it really is heat fuzzies all all around. Hooray for Hollywood!

Currently, we are going to be diving correct into the desserts part of the cookbook to whip up Cherry Cheesecakes. I feel like the title of the recipe is fairly deceptive, nevertheless. We’re creating so considerably much more than cherry cheesecakes. We’re developing mini chocolate cherry cheesecakes. And, better nevertheless, we never even have to fire up the oven to welcome these creamy individually-sized desserts into our weekend. Could this get any better?

In advance of we go on, if you happen to be new here at Saturday Treats, welcome. I am so glad to have you below at our virtual kitchen area table. We meet listed here every single Saturday to support welcome a small Disney magic into our kitchens. If you’d like to catch up on the recipes we have designed consequently far, click in this article.

As with most Saturday Treats recipes, I kicked items off with a bit of analysis. I wanted to consider a peek into the total of no-bake desserts just to see what others have carried out. As I dug by means of accounts of no-bake adventures, a issue arose in my intellect that would affect how our small cheesecakes switch out. You see, just one of the very first actions that we’ll be asked to do calls for us to push a chocolate graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottoms of a muffin pan. If the crumb mixture goes into the pan, it should come out in the conclusion, ideal?

Properly, from what I examine, the odds ended up not ever in our favor that that wonderful graham cracker crust would keep jointly devoid of the use of cupcake liners. I made the decision to break up the variance. I would do a minimal House Ec experiment and make 6 of the cherry cheesecakes without having liners, and 6 with liners. And we are going to just see what is what. And, if the crust resolved not to stick collectively, the recipe would not be a full failure. I might at least have six mini cheesecakes to enjoy.

The components for present-day recipe didn’t simply call for something too considerably out of the box. We will be incorporating lemon rind into the cream cheese combination, so be sure to get a fresh lemon, and because the massive box retailer from which I was gathering the substances did not have pre-built chocolate graham cracker crumbs, I grabbed a box of chocolate graham crackers. I would do the perform myself and get pleasure from an more graham cracker or 3 at the identical time. Gain-acquire!

To begin items off, pull your 12 ounces of product cheese out of the fridge and enable them soften on the counter for a little bit. You can expect to also want to melt your 1/3 cup of butter or margarine. I was limited on butter, so I opted to use margarine. Margarine isn’t really generally my favored, but the recipe mentioned that we could use both, so I went for it. A swift zap in the microwave experienced the margarine wonderful and melted. And it popped as it melted, so maintain an eye on it. You can be cleaning your microwave if you really don’t. Ahem.

I following grabbed a gallon-sized zip top rated baggie out of the pantry, tossed seven chocolate graham crackers inside, and smashed them with a butter knife deal with and my palms, and also ran them by my blender. If you have any pent-up aggravation, this step serves therapeutic functions. We all acquire it in which we can get it these times, appropriate?

Our following step phone calls for us to get a medium-sized bowl out of the cupboard and toss in our 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs, alongside with the 1/3 cup of melted butter or margarine, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.

Grab a very good spoon and stir anything to merge. You want to make certain that all of the crumbs are coated with the melted butter/margarine.

We have now appear to the point at which the recipe asks us to press the crumb mixture specifically into the muffin pan or a 9 x 9 pan. And the pretty coloration photograph in the cookbook has beautifully intact crumb cracker crusts without having liners, so just urgent them into the pan(s) should really operate, right? Oh, if only that had been true.

I grabbed six cupcake liners, popped them into the muffin pan, and proceeded to press the crumb combination into them. I did the identical with the six unlined muffin places, far too. Soon after the crumb mixture is pressed into the pan, area the complete matter into the fridge to chill though you whip up the product cheese combination.

Now’s the time to get your 2 teaspoons of new lemon peel off of that lemon. Wash it up and operate it across a fantastic grater until finally you get to the white aspect of the lemon rind (the pith).

When you arrive at the pith, move to the future yellow location and maintain heading until finally all of the yellow peel is gone. One lemon ought to give you two teaspoons of grated lemon peel with some still left over.

Into a massive bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), toss the 2 teaspoons of lemon peel, 12 ounces of softened product cheese, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Change the mixer velocity to medium significant and allow the fantastic times roll. You’re striving to get that product cheese combination to a gentle and fluffy condition, and it will get a little bit of velocity and a few minutes to get it there. Although the recipe said to defeat the mixture for 2 minutes, it took just north of 3 minutes for my mixture to get to the level in which I’d connect with it gentle and fluffy.

When factors are fluffy, get your container of whipped topping and fold 2 cups into the cream cheese. Try to remember that folding in an component calls for us to be light just convert that spoon and operate the whipped topping into the filling.

As soon as everything’s entirely mixed, seize your muffin pan out of the fridge and fill the spots with the cream cheese combination. The recipe isn’t going to tell us particularly how a great deal filling to heap onto the crusts, so I went with my gut. A lot more is far more, suitable?

Even even though I loaded them generously, I nevertheless had product cheese filling still left over. Which, of system, wan’t a poor issue.

Right after loading in the product cheese filling, you and I are requested to distribute the all set-designed cherry pie filling on to every cheesecake. Buddies, will not skimp listed here. That’s not who we are below at Saturday Treats. Load those people little toddlers up to your heart’s articles and just know – spoiler alert – that your efforts will be rewarded in the finish.

I have to admit that I used the overall can of cherry pie filling. This was a selection that I did not regret. Not. In. The. The very least.

The recipe calls for us to refrigerate the cheesecakes till completely ready to provide, which, in my mind, is fairly imprecise. In a note beneath the recipe, it truly is stated that the cheesecakes can be built following college to be savored following supper, but in the study that I did concerning no-bake snacks, I was advised to permit them chill overnight. Now you and I each know that waiting around for snacks to chill is not my solid accommodate, but I saved my eyes on the prize and held people cheesecakes in the fridge.

Guess what I experienced for breakfast the upcoming morning? Yep, you guessed it: chocolate cherry cheesecakes. And guess which cheesecakes did not occur out of the pan in a single piece? Yep, the ones manufactured with no cupcake liners. We have learned our lesson: use the liners.

We have also realized an additional lesson: when the cheesecakes never appear out of the pan, acquire a fork directly to the pan. It is the weekend and we’re developed ups we can do as we you should.

The cakes manufactured in the liners lifted out of the pan properly. Gently unwrap them and appreciate each morsel.

That fresh new lemon rind that you and I included to the product cheese? Goodness gracious. It adds the brightest, most wonderful citrus notes to the filling and pairs fantastically with the cherries.

The chocolate graham cracker crumb mixture is so incredibly yummy, and anything all collectively combines to be 1 common, delightful, delectable snack.

These delicious and abundant mini cheesecakes are the great thing to snack on when you and I wait for the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Journey in EPCOT. Remy would want us to savor the mixture of flavors located in these easy and exceptionally yummy treats, after all.

What have you been whipping up recently? Be sure to let me know in the remark portion down below what your favorite taste combo or recipe is these days.

I hope that your weekend is a terrific 1. You’ve got bought this, friends. Soak up a small sunshine, savor a chortle or two, and take in one thing delectable.

All set to invite a traditional flavor mix into your kitchen area? The recipe is beneath:

Cherry Cheesecakes


  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 12 ounces product cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 20-ounce can cherry pie filling
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, blend the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the butter or margarine, mixing very well. Firmly press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a muffin pan or 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Spot the pan in the refrigerator to chill whilst you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. In a massive bowl, combine the product cheese, lemon peel, vanilla extract, and the remaining quarter cup of sugar. Defeat with an electrical mixer until light-weight and fluffy, about two minutes. Fold in the whipped topping, then spread the combination onto the chilled crust.
  3. Distribute the cherry pie filling around the cheese combination. Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator until prepared to provide. Tends to make 9 servings.