Shrugged is back! Woohoo! And no less with Pineapple Cheesecake! She writes:
I created this recipe because I had too many cans of pineapple around the house and frankly, I got bored with making the same old cheesecakes. I've gotten into the habit of making my own crusts, but you can easily use a store bought one, if you don't have the time or the inclination.Ingredients For Crust:
- 1 3/4 cups crushed graham crackers
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
- 2-3 teaspoons white sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
- Butter a 9" pie pan.
- Once your graham crackers are crushed and your butter is melted, throw the cracker crumbs and the sugar together in a bowl.
- Pour the butter over the crumbs and stir until all your crumbs are moistened.
- Dump the crumbs into the pie pan and spread them evenly across the bottom of the pan, making sure to get enough around the edges so you can press the crumb mixture up the sides of the pan.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes - long enough to set, but not long enough to burn. Allow to cool completely.
Ingredients For Filling:
- 1 can crushed pineapple
- 2 8oz packages cream cheese (softened)
- 8 T white sugar
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon brandy
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Drain pineapple using a strainer - reserve the liquid.
- In a large bowl, blend together cream cheese and sugar (using either a mixer or a food processor) until well combined.
- Add in the egg, cream, brandy and one tablespoon of the reserved pineapple juice.
- Mix until well combined.
- Fold in the drained pineapple until well combined.
- Fold the entire filling mixture into your crumb crust, smoothing it out so it's even.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until center is just firm. (Wiggle the pan. If it doesn't jiggle too much, you're probably safe.)
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Once cool, transfer to refrigerator for at least an hour, and preferably overnight.
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Once you read the directions it is not as daunting as it first seems. There are indeed two stages. Filling & Crust. As mentioned, you can buy the crust BUT it is so much more fun making it and getting flour all over the place and having to clean it up for days afterwards especially since you sneezed and it went all over the joint. Seriously folks, this is a good recipe. It is also fun to make with the kids when you get their faces out of the idiot box. It is also nice to have Shrugged back from her self imposed exile into the great yonder.