Mince Pie Cheesecake Bites

All the flavours of a traditional fruit mince pie but in cheesecake form.

If you like the idea of enjoying the traditional Christmas food of fruit mince pies but find that fruit mince can be a little too tart for your taste buds, then you might prefer these mini cheesecake bites. The flavour of the fruit mince is evident but not over-powering because of the creamy cheesecake filling. Perfect.

I also love how the biscuit base has a subtle ginger kick to it which adds extra flavour interest to each piece.

This recipe is adapted from one by the Co-operative Supermarket in the UK.

Ingredients – serves 8:

  • 150g/5 oz plain biscuits
  • 50g/2 oz gingernut or ginger snap biscuits
  • 125g/4.5 oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 500g/1 lb cream cheese, softened
  • 50g/2 oz icing (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 cup thickened (heavy/double) cream
  • 1/4 cup fruit mince (from a jar is fine)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped, plus a few extra for decorating

Method:

  • Line a rectangular slice pan (approx 32cm x 18cm / 13in x 7in) with baking paper. Leave some paper over-hanging the edges of the tin as this will help you to pull out the cheesecake later.
  • Blitz both types of biscuit in a food processor until you have crumbs, then place the crumbs into a medium bowl and add the butter. Stir to coat all the biscuit crumbs then tip into the prepared pan and use the back of a spoon to press the crumbs into an even layer to make the cheesecake base. Put the pan in the freezer whilst you make the filling.
  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the icing sugar plus the cream and beat to combine.
  • Fold through the fruit mince and cranberries.
  • Spread the cheesecake filling over the chilled crumb base, then place in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.
  • Once the cheesecake has set, remove it from the tin by lifting the baking paper.
  • Use a small sharp knife to cut the cheesecake into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place on your serving platter and top with extra cranberry pieces for decoration.
  • Enjoy!

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