Goat Cheese & Ricotta Mini Cheesecakes with Honey Figs

Prep time: 15min
Total time: 55min
Serves 8
1/2 cup
goat cheese, at room temperature
125 mL
1/2 cup
ricotta, at room temperature
125 mL
1/4 cup
granulated sugar
60 g
1/3 cup
honey, divided
75 mL
2 tbsp
orange juice, divided
40 mL
3 tsp
grated orange zest
15 mL
2 1/2 tsp
vanilla, divided
12.5 mL
1/2 tsp
grated fresh ginger (or ground ginger)
2.5 mL
1/4 tsp
salt
1 mL
1/3 cup
14% sour cream, at room temperature
75 mL
2
eggs
1/2 cup
packed gingersnap or chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
125 mL
2 1/2 tbsp
melted unsalted butter, divided
35 mL
8
fresh figs, cut into quarters lengthwise
Per 1 mini cheesecake with sauce (approx. 56 g).
calories
180
fat
8 g
saturated fat
5 g
carbs
22 g
sugar
19 g
protein
5 g
cholestrol
50 mg
sodium
130 mg

Directions

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the goat cheese and ricotta in a mixing bowl with the granulated sugar and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of honey until smooth. Stir in 2 tsp (10 mL) of orange juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) of orange zest, 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) vanilla, ginger, salt and sour cream. Add the eggs, one at time, mixing well between additions.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Combine the cookie crumbs with 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) of melted butter and 1 tsp (5 mL) of orange zest. Mix well and spoon 1 tbsp (15 mL) into paper-lined muffin cups, packing down the crumb mixture. Bake for 10 min until firm to the touch and then let cool completely.

  3. Spoon 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the cheesecake mixture into the muffin cups and bake 18 to 20 min or until just set. (Note: The cheesecakes should still be slightly loose in the middle.) Remove from oven and cool completely. Remove from muffin cups and chill in fridge for approx. 3 hours. (The cheesecakes will sink slightly in the middle.)

  4. Reheat the remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) of melted butter over medium heat in a saucepan, add the figs and sauté for a few minutes until softened and starting to brown. Add the remaining 1/4 cup (60 mL) of honey, remaining 1 tsp (5 mL) of vanilla, orange juice and orange zest. Stir and cook until mixture thickens. To serve, place a single cheesecake on a dessert plate and spoon warm fig mixture on top.

Tip

The cheesecakes can be made a day ahead and refrigerated in airtight containers. Bring to room temperature, then top with honey figs before serving.