Monday, August 3, 2015

Cream Cheese Pie~ Secret Recipe Club

A simple cheesecake filling is baked in a graham crust, resulting in a delicious cream cheese pie.

Secret Recipe Club- Cream Cheese Pie

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from one another's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to learn about a new blogger every month! I really enjoy seeing who had my blog and to see what recipe they chose to make! It reminds me of how many great recipes are on my blog and makes me want to go back and make many of them again. This month I was assigned to the blog La Cocina de Leslie. Leslie is a stay at home mom to 4, who originates from Southern California. She has been living in Guadalajara Mexico, for the past 13 yrs. Leslie grew up watching her grandparents prepare food from her Mexican heritage and when she moved to Mexico with her husband, she realized that all Mexican food was not prepared the same. Her blog is filled with fantastic Mexican recipes, both from her childhood and that of her husbands.

I really enjoyed browsing through Leslie's blog, since we LOVE Mexican food. I bookmarked over a dozen recipes that I wanted to try. I am still planning on making her Potato Enchiladas and Homemade Pork Carnitas. Due to time constraints and being unable to get to the grocery store I decided to make her Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie or this Mexican Cheese Cake. Since we LOVE cheesecake, I decided to treat the boys and make the cream cheese pie.

As I started making this pie, I asked Mr.B to fetch some evaporated milk from the pantry. He returned with sweetened condensed milk and stated this was the only thing he could find. I quickly went to the pantry, only to find that we indeed were out of evaporated milk. I then decided to continue with the recipe, without the added liquid, since the filling looked like a great consistency. I poured it into my graham crust and baked it with my fingers crossed. I must say that it turned out wonderfully even without the evaporated milk. The cream cheese filling is slightly sweet and deliciously creamy. I decided to make a blueberry sauce to serve along with the pie, to add a little something special. The combination is fantastic and the presentation is stunning.

Secret Recipe Club- Cream Cheese Pie

Pay de Queso~ Cream Cheese Pie
adapted from La Cocina de Leslie

1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 14 oz (300ml) can sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 C graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 C butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, combine the graham crumbs, cinnamon and sugar. Mix in the melted butter, until crumbs resemble wet sand. Press into an 8 inch pie plate; set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk, eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth; about 3 minutes. Pour into graham crust.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until center is set. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate at least 2 hrs, before serving. Top with blueberry sauce, if desired. (recipe to follow)

Blueberry Sauce
2 C fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 C water
1 C sugar
1 tsp butter
2 tsp flour

In a small sauce pot, bring the blueberries, water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until reduced by half.

In a small bowl, combine the flour and butter to make a paste.

Remove berries from heat and whisk in the butter mixture. Return to heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened.

Let mixture cool to room temperature and serve on top of cream cheese pie.


Leslie Limon said...

One of my favorite pies! I'm so glad you liked it. And I LOVE that you added a blueberry sauce. I'll have to remember that next time I make this pie. :D

Susan Pridmore said...

I love Leslie's blog - I would have had a really hard time choosing a recipe to post. There would be so many!! And I'm in love with what you chose - good to hear it's so forgiving too. And the blueberry sauce is genius!!

Avril said...

YUM! Thank goodness for successful substitutions - beautiful job all around :-)

Sara said...

Ooooh, this looks SO yummy! Totally love it. :)

Patty Anderson said...

It looks outrageously delicious!

Sarah said...

That looks so good. Especially when blueberry season is upon us. I also like that it's a smaller cheesecake - I never make them because it's so many servings for 2 people! Great SRC pick!!

Erica S (EricasRecipes.com) said...

I LOVE this! Looks so creamy and delicious!

Amanda Eisenberg said...

This looks easy and delicious and amazing - fantastic SRC post :-)

Chit Chat Chomp said...

Oh my....this looks absolutely delicious. So creamy and silky smooth! Great choice!

Anna Hagen said...

That looks. So. Good.

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

Looks so good Cindy!

Danielle Miller said...

oh my goodness - drooling over this right now!!

mealplanmaven said...

What a pretty summer dessert Cindy!

Debi Wayland said...

This sounds like a wonderful easy dessert. And, it's so pretty that it's sure to be a show-stopper.

Joanne DiPalo said...

What a delicious pie and it sounds so easy to make. Beautiful photo!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

What a delicious looking pie Cindy! Pinned and shared!