I am a sucker for an accent, which makes me love Paula Deen all the more. I was watching the Rachel Ray Show the other day and she was on as a guest making these fabulous treats. I was instantly intrigued when I heard it was only 5 ingredients for the tarts. Then I saw her whip them up lickety split and I knew that even if I didn't make dinner that day we would have treats. The idea isn't new or ground breaking but super delicious. I've never dared make a cheesecake because I didn't have a spring form pan, it sounded hard, I hate making graham cracker crusts and patting them down and getting it even, etc. This alleviated all that and I don't think I sacrificed any on the taste either.
Paula Deen's Cream Cheese Tart with Raspberries but I didn't use any raspberries
Recipe from the Paula Deen on the Rachel Ray Show
12 Vanilla Wafers
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 8oz. packages Cream Cheese, softened
Topping Options: Raspberry preserves, fresh raspberries, pie filling, or whatever kind of fresh fruit you like, Cool Whip
Line a muffin tin with paper cups. Place a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each cup.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
Spoon mixture over each wafer. I used about 2 HEAPING tablespoons per cup.
Bake at 350 (doesn't everything bake at 350?) for 20 minutes. They get real puffy like this:
As soon as you remove them from the oven the tarts will fall. That is what you want--then they make a little bowl like shape that is perfect to hold your toppings. Allow the tarts to cool completely before serving and adding your toppings of choice.
I will admit I ate 2, but I wanted like 4 so I was proud of myself. If any leftovers, I'd refrigerate them. On the show Rachel Ray made a suggestion that you could easily add a flavoring to the cream cheese mixture (like lemon or almond extract) and have an array of flavor combinations. (I think a little lemon extract added with some fresh raspberries or blueberries would be divine). My husband who isn't a fan of cheesecake, really enjoyed this too. He doesn't like his sweets so that is saying something :)
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