Anise Cheesecake Squares

Author: Canadian Living

This cheesecake, baked in a rectangular pan, suits buffets to a T. Just cut the squares and arrange on a festive platter. To dress up the squares, a little oval of whipped cream wouldn't be amiss, especially if you call on the licorice flavours of the cheesecake by adding a splash of sambuca. Then add a sprinkle of candy-coated fennel seeds (available in South Asian groceries) or thinly sliced pastel and black licorice allsorts. Or focus on the chocolate and serve with a pitcher of Silky Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2006

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3 pkg (each 8 oz/250 g) cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sambuca liqueur
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground aniseed

Method

Line 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan with parchment paper to extend 1 inch (2.5 cm) above long sides; set aside.

In bowl, combine cookie crumbs with butter until moistened; spread in prepared pan, pressing firmly. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until smooth. Add sour cream, sambuca and aniseeds; beat just until smooth. Pour over crust. Bake in centre of 300°F (150 °C) oven until edges are set and centre is still jiggly, about 35 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on rack. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw.)

Using paper handles, lift cheesecake onto cutting board. Cut into 2-inch (5 cm) squares, wiping knife with damp cloth between cuts.

Nutritional facts Per square: about

  • Sodium 186 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 244.0
  • Total fat 18 g
  • Cholesterol 72 mg
  • Saturated fat 11 g
  • Total carbohydrate 17 g

%RDI

  • Iron 6.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 17.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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