Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with Jalapeño-Raspberry Sauce

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I just can't get enough of the jalapeño-raspberry jam from Ann's Raspberry. The Good Food Award winner has mastered a perfect balance between sweet and spicy that leaves you wanting more and more. So I couldn't help myself, I had to create one last recipe with it. Enjoy this dessert with a bottle of Moscato d'Asti. A light and bubbly relative to Asti Spumante, the wine has a vibrant acidity that will contrast and enhance the flavors found in this cheesecake.

Lemon Cheesecake Recipe
1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/2 cup pistachios (for the crust only)

Jalapeño-Raspberry Sauce
1 cup Ann's Jalapeño-Raspberry Jam
1/2 meyer lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon sugar

1. In a small sauce pan, combine one tablespoon of sugar and half of a juiced meyer lemon. Warm the mixture over a medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Add one cup of the jalapeño-raspberry jam and mix well. Remove form heat and let cool.

If you dont' have any jalapeño-raspberry jam on hand, do not fret! You can use plain ol' raspberry jam instead. But if you want it spicy (and trust me, you do), we are gonna have to make some simple tweaks. Slice and seed a jalapeño pepper and add 1/2 of it to the raspberry jam mixture. Bring the whole thing to a slight boil, remove the rings, and let it cool. Viola!

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3. Combine the softened cream cheese, 3/4 cup of sugar, three eggs, a tablespoon of vanilla and the two tablespoons of lemon zest into a large bowl and mix well. It is very, very important that the cream cheese has fully softened. If it hasn't, it will be a nightmare to work with and your mixture will end up lumpy.

4. Finely chop the pistachio nuts.

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5. Using a prepared miniature cupcake pan, fill each mini baking cup with the chopped pistachios. Use just enough to cover the bottom of the cup with a thin layer.

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6. Next, fill each baking cup with the cheesecake mixture.

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7. Cook the mini cheesecakes at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, then remove them from the oven and let them cool. I suggest you put them in the fridge for an hour once they are just barely warm to the touch.

8. Top with the raspberry sauce and serve. Enjoy!

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