NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE CUPS
8 oz (250 g) graham crackers
6 tbsp (45 ml) granulated sugar
2 cups (500 ml) hazelnut flour
1 cup (250 ml) unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice, plus extra as needed
5 oz (140 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
3 oz (90 g) sour cream or crème fraîche
⅓ cup (75 ml) icing sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) orange liqueur, optional
¼ tsp (1 ml) orange zest
½ cup (125 ml) whipping cream
pomegranate seeds, for garnish
RHUBARB ORANGE JELLY:
5 cups (1.25 L) chopped rhubarb
¾ cups (175 ml) water
1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
½ vanilla bean, split in half
1 tbsp + 1½ tsp (15 ml + 22 ml) liquid pectin
- Line 24 cups of a mini muffin tin with plastic wrap. Pulse together graham crackers and granulated sugar in a food processor until very finely ground. Add hazelnut flour and pulse to combine. Transfer to a bowl and stir in melted butter and lemon juice. Mixture should form clumps easily when pressed together. If not, add more lemon juice, 1 tsp (5 ml) at a time. Divide among prepared cups in muffin tin and press mixture firmly into bottom and up the sides of each cup. Place in freezer while preparing filling.
- In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together at medium speed cream cheese, sour cream, icing sugar, orange liqueur (if using) and orange zest until well combined.
- In another bowl, whisk cream until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula, fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spoon or pipe into chilled crusts and return to freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Just before you are ready to serve, in a small saucepan, warm Rhubarb Orange Jelly over low heat until smooth and pourable. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Remove cheesecakes from tin by gently pulling up on plastic wrap. Carefully remove plastic and place cheesecakes on a platter. Drizzle each with jelly and garnish with pomegranate seeds. Serve chilled.
- To make RHUBARB ORANGE JELLY: Squeeze juice from orange into a large saucepan. Cut remaining orange, pith and all, into chunks and add to saucepan along with rhubarb and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until rhubarb is very tender and starting to fall apart, about 15 minutes.
- Line a fine mesh sieve with a couple of layers of cheesecloth and place over a deep bowl or pot. Pour rhubarb mixture into prepared sieve and allow to drain for at least 2 hours or overnight. Discard any solids left in sieve.
- Place ⅔ cup (150 ml) strained rhubarb mixture into a large saucepan. Add sugar and vanilla bean before placing over high, heat bringing mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved. Add pectin and let mixture boil, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean and skim off and discard any foam that may have formed on surface. Transfer juice to a heatproof bowl set over an ice water bath to cool. If not using immediately, jelly may be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.