We just adore rich, creamy, dense, luxurious cheesecake. The problem though, when there's a large cake in the house, everyone keeps trying to "even out" the slices or the cake, eating more and more with no stopping. Come on, you know you do it too!! So when we want a treat, the best solution for our waistlines is portion control and making these mini cheesecakes works beautifully. Also, it allows us to customize the cheesecakes. For example, in Maisie's cheesecake we use gluten-free Graham cracker crumbs. Eammon gets a regular Graham cracker crumb crust and personally, I prefer no crust at all, so mine is crumb-free. Easy-peasy to customize when you're making minis!! The sous vide method produces cheesecake perfection... dense, smooth, rich, & creamy deliciousness.
1 lb. cream cheese - the block, not whipped or light - room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar or sweetener of your choice
1 egg yolk
1 TBS. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
Pre-heat the sous vide to 176F.
In a pan on medium heat, melt the ghee and add the Graham cracker crumbs. Stirring regularly, toast the crumbs. Remove from heat and divide equally between the jars. Press down on the crumbs to even them out and create the crust.
Add the cream cheese to the bowl of a mixer. Using a paddle blade, blend until smooth. Scrape down the bowl as necessary. Add the sour cream, sugar, eggs, egg yolk, and all the vanilla. Blend until perfectly smooth. Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly between the jars. Add the lid and tighten the ring finger-tip tight.
Once the sous vide has come to temperature, add the jars, making sure that they stay upright. A few air bubbles may come from the jars, but if the ring are fingertip tight, no worries. Set the timer for 1.5 hours. At the end of the time, remove the jars to a cooling rack. Once you can handle the jars, place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. The flavor improves after a 24 hour chill so if you can wait that long, we would advise you do.
Serve cheesecakes right in the glass jars.