30 April 2009

cheesecake in a jar •

Another month, another Joust over at The Leftover Queen’s forum! It is always a great event. Peter and his wife Christey at Fotocuisine won last month’s Joust and so they had the honor of picking this month’s ingredients. Instead of the usual food ingredients, they chose the colors red, green and white. I had something entirely different in mind until I saw Helen’s post. Now, my attempts will never come close to her creations, but who can resist the idea of Cheesecake in a jar?

Strawberry Kiwi Coconut Cheesecake •

I used the same cheesecake recipe as my previous post with the substitutions/additions in red. This recipe comes from Jenny over at Jenny Bakes.

2 cups / 180 g graham cracker crumbs
1 stick / 4 oz butter, melted
2 tbsp. / 24 g sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup of sweetened flaked coconut

3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
1 cup / 210 g sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup / 8 oz heavy cream (I used 1/2 cup heavy cream)
1 tbsp. lemon juice (I used 1 tablespoon lime juice)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp liqueur, optional, but choose what will work well with your cheesecake (I added 1 tablespoon of light rum)

Strawberry Layer:
2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
Cook down until reduced by half. Cool.

Kiwi Layer:
1 cup sliced kiwi
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 c. sugar
Cook down until reduced by half. Cool.

I had enough filling for approximately 7 jars. I had enough batter and crust for a total of 10 jars. I made a mango/strawberry layer for the remaining jars. I baked the jars for 30 minutes at 275 degrees in a water bath, then let them cool down in the oven for an hour.


Jams said...

It's so beautiful, I'm lovin' all these jar foods. The kiwi stripe caught my eye.

Ben said...

Great Joust entry! I love all the creativity that this month's colors brought :)

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

That is brilliant. I am absolutely making that for my next big get-together! They're visually stunning and so derned cute!

kat said...

Its such a cute idea!

glamah16 said...

You are becoming the cheesecake queen. Thats so beautiful.

Laura said...

Those would be great to give for Mothers Day!

Grace said...

glorious combination of ingredients! it's beautiful and assuredly delicious. i love the presentation, too--you're so clever!

chocolatecup said...

looks mmm mm! love the kiwi stripes too!:P

PeterMarcus said...

I keep saying I want to taste each entry in the Joust, but I really want a dozen of these, so I can horde them! They look so pretty, and I'll bet they taste so good!

Jenny said...

So cute! I also love the kiwi stripe. Just what you wouldn't expect to see with cheesecake.

Thanks for being a part of the April Daring Bakers Challenge!

Jenny of JennyBakes

Dharm said...

cant believe I missed this! it looks great.

Lady P said...

I can't stand how great this looks - and must, of course, taste - do they just have the same shelf life as regular cheesecake? silly question, I know...

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

I love love love the diea of cheesecake in a jar. New mission=find equal sized jars!! These are just wonderful!