Pear Cheesecake Bites

Creamy cheesecake bites, flavored with pear nectar, with graham cracker–granola crust.

Pear Cheesecake Bites
Yield: 2 dozen miniature cakes • Preparation: 25 minutes • Bake: 15 to 20 minutes • Cool: 30 minutes • Refrigerate: 1 hour
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  1. 1¼ cups granola cereal
  2. 1 cup graham-cracker crumbs
  3. ¾ cup sugar, divided
  4. 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  5. 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  6. 1 (5.5-ounce) can pear nectar
  7. 1 (2.35-gram) bag herbal spiced tisane*
  8. 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  9. 1 (4-ounce) package goat cheese
  10. 2 large eggs
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  12. Garnish: sugared thyme†
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl, combine granola, graham-cracker crumbs, and ¼ cup sugar. Add melted butter and egg white, stirring to combine. Press mixture into bottoms and halfway up sides of 2 (12-cup) miniature cheesecake pans.‡ Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Increase oven temperature to 375°.
  4. In a small saucepan, bring pear nectar to a boil over medium-high heat. Add tisane bag. Remove pan from heat. Steep for 10 minutes. Remove and discard tisane bag. Set nectar aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add goat cheese, and continue beating until combined. Gradually beat in remaining ½ cup sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and reserved nectar, stirring to combine.
  6. Evenly divide batter (approximately 1½ tablespoons) among prepared crusts, filling two-thirds full. Bake until puffed and set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for approximately 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  7. Garnish with sugared thyme, if desired.
  1. *For testing purposes, we used Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice herbal tea.
  2. †Lightly coat 24 thyme sprigs with cooking spray. Sprinkle with sugar. Use immediately as a garnish.
  3. ‡Chicago Metallic and Norpro both manufacture miniature cheesecake pans. These pans have 12 wells (or cups) and have removable bottoms. Look for them wherever bakeware is sold.
TeaTime Magazine
From TeaTime September/October 2010


    • Hello Sharon! I’m not quite sure which pinwheel swirl to which you are referring. We do have a recipe for Strawberry Cheesecakes that are also bite-sized and feature a swirl design ( Could this be what you were looking for? I hope this helps.


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