Introduction: Rosewater Pistachio Cheesecake Cups
For the crust:
- 1+1/2 cup crackers
- ½ cup pistachio
- 2 tsp brown sugar, (or to taste)
- 1-2 tbsp Coconut oil or butter, melted
- 2-3 pods cardamom seed (optional)
- Pinch of salt (only if crackers are not salted)
For the filling:
- 1 block cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tsp rosewater (or to taste)
Step 1: Roast Pistachios in the Oven.
Heat the oven to 350 F. Make sure the pistachios are shelled and hulled. Roast the pistachios on a tray in the oven for a few minutes. This will help the pistachios release oils and become more fragrant.
Step 2: Grind Cardamom Seeds.
Remove the seeds from 2-3 pods of cardamom and grind it up. You can also use 1/8 tsp of ground cardamom instead or skip this step entirely if you do not like the cardamom flavour.
Step 3: Gather Ingredients for the Crust.
Step 4: Prepare the Crust.
To make the crust, grind the pistachios and crackers together using a food processor, blender, or any other methods to crush the ingredients.
Additionally, any type of cracker is fine for this recipe. Here I have used cheese crackers, but any other crackers or saltines will work as well.
Add in sugar and oil. Keep mixing until a crumbly dough forms or until the mixture can hold its shape when pinched together.
Step 5: Make the Filling.
Cream together the sugar and cream cheese until fluffy.
Whisk in one large egg.
Add the desired amount of rosewater and mix until well incorporated.
Step 6: Assemble the Cheesecake Cups.
Line a 12 cup muffin tray. Add about one tablespoon of the crust mixture into each cup and press it down to form a crust base.
Evenly distribute the filling into each cup and smoothen the tops.
Step 7: Bake at 300 F for 20-25 Minutes.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 300 F.
After baking, open the oven door and leave in for another 5 minutes. Then take out and cool on counter. This slow, gradual cooling will help prevent cracks on the surface of the cheesecakes.
Step 8: Chill and Serve. Enjoy!
Chill the cheesecakes in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Dust it with a bit of rose petals if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
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