Dark maple syrups, such as medium or amber, offer deep maple flavour. Use a 12-portion mini-cheesecake pan (available through Ottawa-based Ashton Green) or follow our variation, Maple Walnut Cheesecake Squares (recipe below).
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2006
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 12 walnut halves
- 1 pkg cream cheese softened
- 1/3 cup medium maple syrup
- 1/3 cup amber maple_syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
In food processor, finely chop walnuts with brown sugar; pulse in butter. Press over bottoms of 4-oz (125 mL) mini-cheesecake cups. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until golden at edges, about 12 minutes; let cool on rack.
Filling: Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy; gradually beat in syrup and vanilla until smooth. Beat in egg and flour, scraping down bowl as necessary. Pour about 3 tbsp (50 mL) over each base.
Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven until edges are set but centres still jiggle slightly, about 15 minutes. Let cool on rack. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
Candied Walnuts: Meanwhile, line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
Place sugar in small bowl. Pour corn syrup into separate small bowl. Dip each walnut in corn syrup; scrape off any excess and roll in sugar to coat. Place, top side down, on prepared pan
Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven, turning once, until bubbly and nuts are deep golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.) Press walnut onto each cheesecake.
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 95 mg
- Protein 4 g
- Calories 230.0
- Total fat 16 g
- Cholesterol 44 mg
- Saturated fat 7 g
- Total carbohydrate 19 g
- Iron 6.0
- Folate 8.0
- Calcium 4.0
- Vitamin A 11.0