Mini Peach Cheesecakes

I owe you an apology. It took me until now to make cheesecake and share it with you.

Cream cheesy and rich topped with juicy peaches, and that classic all-important graham cracker crust. Dreams do come true.

All of the ingredients for the filling (sugar, flour, cream cheese, vanilla and eggs) are combined in the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer. But if you don’t mind getting your mix on you can totally cream everything by hand like I did.

For the graham crumb crust we’ll combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Super easy!

Once these little guys go into the oven and you smell them baking…it’ll be game over. They’re oh so heavenly.

All you need is a little time + a muffin tin and you’re golden.

The only thing left to do is top these beauties with sliced California cling peaches.

I used canned peaches, which are most always California cling peaches. They have no preservatives and are packed in their own juices!

These mini cheesecakes may not be health food but they are a smarter dessert with portion control built in.

Cheesecake should never be a source for anything except pure bliss.

Mini Peach Cheesecakes  

makes 12 servings  

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups (16 oz) cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp (45 grams) butter, melted

Topping:

1 can of peaches, drained

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a standard muffin pan with paper liners.

In a food processor or by hand, combine sugar, flour, cream cheese and vanilla; blend until smooth. Add eggs and continue blending just until incorporated. Set aside. 

In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Spoon crumbs into papers, dividing equally and pressing down firmly to create the base.

Pour in cheese mixture, dividing equally.

Bake for about 22 min or until slightly puffed and just set. They will have a little jiggle in the centre. Do not let your cheesecakes crack (a few small cracks are nothing to worry about though). Remove from oven and let cool for 15 min. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour, until chilled. They can also be made and stored for up to 2 days in advance. 

When ready to serve, slice peaches into 1/4-inch wedges. Peel papers from cheesecakes and place cakes on a serving plate. Arrange the peaches on top of cheesecakes. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

For one mini cheesecake (based on 12): 239 calories, 16g of fat, 10g saturated fat, 17g of carbs, 0.5g fiber, 11g sugar, 218mg sodium, 5g of protein

Today’s post is sponsored by the California Cling Peach Board. Product opinions are always my own. If I didn’t love it, you wouldn’t be hearing about it. I truly appreciate your continued support!

Peach Scones

Peaches taste so wonderfully sweet and juicy that most of the time we eat them just as they are, before I have a chance to bake with them.

Then winter shows up for what seems like 6 months.

Enter the humble canned peach.

Did you know that most of the canned peaches here in Canada are actually California cling peaches? They’re picked and packed in their own juices, usually within 24 hours to ensure they retain their appearance, texture, flavour, and nutritional content.

Now, it would seem as though I’ve come to infiltrate your week with an excuse to make a batch of tender and flaky scones.

Can I persuade you with these doughy peach scones that are super tender and stuffed full of juicy peaches? I’m warning you though they might just quickly become your new favourite.

These scones are seriously some of the best. They may not be much healthier than your average scone but who ever said you can’t enjoy dessert with a cup of coffee or tea?

To make them you’ll need all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder + soda, salt, fresh 2% milk, lemon juice, cold butter, and of course juicy canned peaches!

For the glaze you’ll need 2 teaspoons of both milk and granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Those peaches add a nice boost of Vitamin C and A.

Dessert with benefits? Now were talking!

Let’s get flaky!

This post is sponsored by the California Cling Peach Board.

Tips and Tricks for Recipes Success:

1.    The key to tender, flaky scones is cold butter!

2.    You can use your hands to finish bringing the dough together after stirring in the wet ingredients.

3.  Be sure to pat your canned peaches dry after dicing them or they will make your dough very soggy.  

4.  Empty the dough out onto a floured surface and flatten it out into a rectangular shape.

5.   Lay your diced peaches on top of the dough then fold the dough over itself to contain the peaches, it’s almost like a filling, and press gently together around the edges.

6.  Fold the dough in half once more lengthwise and flatten it out to about a 9-inch circle.

7.   Add flour as you go. You don’t need much, but you just don’t want it sticking to the work surface.

Peach Scones makes 8-12 scones

Ingredients

1 cup (250ml) 2% milk
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
2½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp fine sea salt
½ cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup canned peaches, diced

Topping:

2 tsp 2% milk
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

1.    Preheat the oven to 425°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.    In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, add the 1 cup of milk and stir in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice; set aside.

3.    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or the back of a fork until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Make a well in the center. Stir in the milk with a fork until a soft, sticky dough forms. If you wish you can finish combining the dough with your hands.

4.    Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and, with floured hands, gently flatten it down into a rectanglular shape. Lay your diced peaches on top of the dough then fold the dough over itself to contain the peaches, and press gently together around the edges. Gently, fold the dough in half once more lengthwise, adding more flour as you go to prevent sticking as necessary, until the peaches are dispersed. Flatten the dough out to a 9-inch circle; cut into 8 - 12 wedges.

5.    Place on prepared baking sheet, at least 1 inch apart. Stir together 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for the topping. Brush tops of scones with a little milk and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy with a pat of butter.

 

Nutrition Facts

For one scone (based on 8): 285 calories, 12g of fat, 7g saturated fat, 37g of carbs, 1.5g fiber, 9g sugar, 246mg sodium, 5g of protein

Bonus Nutritional Benefits: Vitamin A 11%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 5%

Today’s post is sponsored by the California Cling Peach Board. Product opinions are always my own. If I didn’t love it, you wouldn’t be hearing about it. I truly appreciate your continued support!