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Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears

Talk about a fancy, restaurant quality cheesecake right there in your own dining room!  I made this as part of a trio of cheesecakes for a wedding reception – the bride’s favorite!  This is a no-bake cheesecake that will wow any guest!

Crust:

  • 1 pkg shortbread cookies
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted

Process the shortbread cookies in the food processor until a fine crumb forms.  Spray 9 inch spring form pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.  In a bowl, stir cookie crumbs and butter till well combined.  Then, press into spring form pan and up the sides.  Set this aside.

Cheesecake:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup, divided – don’t use the fake stuff here!
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 medium ripe pears, sliced lengthwise 1/8 inch thick – canned won’t work as well

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on high until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup maple syrup; beat until smooth. In a medium bowl, beat cream and sugar on high until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. With a rubber spatula, stir about one-third the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture, then fold in remainder. Transfer to crust, smooth the top, and refrigerate until firm, 3 hours (or up to 1 day).
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange pear slices in a single layer on sheet and brush with 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Roast until pears are soft, 20 minutes. Remove from oven and heat broiler. Brush pears with 2 tablespoons maple syrup and broil until browned in spots, about 4 minutes, rotating sheet frequently. Let cool.
  3. Arrange pear slices, overlapping slightly, on cheesecake.
  4. To serve: place a slice on a dessert plate and lightly drizzle with maple syrup.

 

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AuntLisaB

AuntLisaB

LisaB has been creating recipes since she learned to cook waaaaay back in the late 70s/early 80s and has written over 50 recipe books! Her fondest memories are hanging out in the kitchen with her Grampa Eddie, helping him to make his famous Jewish Apple Cake. You can find LisaB on Facebook by using #CheesecakeNation and #CookiesAreLife.

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