Mini-Cheesecakes a la Sous Vide

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Mini-Cheesecakes a la Sous Vide

I’ve been watching the Brazilian guys on YouTube for awhile now, and they have become my “Goto” guys on Sous Vide cooking. They go by the name "Sous Vide Everything".
They’re the first ones I always check, and I’ve been searching little cheesecakes made in little canning jars with the SV method.

I had all the ingredients listed from their video, and I just kept pushing it off, because we never had any canning jars.
However the Forum Member who goes by the name of “baseballguy99” did the same thing, and beat me to it.
So even though I’m not the first to post this, I still want to have one of this Awesome Treat in my Step by Step Index, so here it is:

Ingredients for the Crust:
8 to 10 ounces of Nilla Wafer (cookies)
1/4 cup of White Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup of Butter

Ingredients for the Batter (Incorporate in this order):
4 (8 ounce) Packages of Cream Cheese.
1 1/2 Cups of White Granulated Sugar.
3/4 Cup of Milk.
4 Eggs. (To be added one at a time, while mixing)
1 Cup of Sour Cream.
1 TBS of Vanilla Extract.
1/4 Cup of All Purpose Flour.

Making the Crust:
Put Nilla Wafers in a Ziplock bag & beat them into a frenzy, until the crumbs are as small as you have the energy to make them.
Then mix the Sugar & Butter with those crumbs & mix well.
Divide this mixture up into 12 canning jars (8 ounce each), and use the handle of a wooden spoon, or like instrument to smash the crumbs into a flattened crust in the bottom of the jars.

Mixing the Batter:
Add the “Batter” ingredients above, in the order I listed them, while mixing with your favorite electric mixer.
Mix until smooth.

Time for SV (Fill SV container full enough to cover jars) Set SV to 185°:
Then pour the Batter in each Jar, until as full as you can get them. (I used a Candy Funnel) If you don’t fill them full enough there will be air inside & they could float & cause problems. I filled mine to about 1/4" to 3/8" from the top. Put canning lid parts on & hand tighten only, so air can escape while in the SV Bath.
Leave the Jars in the SV Bath for 90 minutes, before removing. Remove & set on something like a cookie tray to protect your counter top, and allow to cool before putting in the fridge over night. Do not open any before totally cooled.


Results & Suggestions:
These things were Awesome! Everybody loved them!
However one of the YouTubes I watched had the guy putting his completed jars in Ice Water after removing from the SV. I didn’t think that was a good idea, so I put mine in a Pan with straight tap water, without ice to cool. The second one I removed cracked at about half of the one side of the jar, so I removed the first jar & added enough hot water to make the water in the pan Luke Warm. In the future I will just set them on a cookie tray without any water, or on a towel to protect my counter top.

Also: I wasn’t crazy about how hard the Crust got, so I believe in the future I will make them without any crust. Since it’s in a Jar, a crust isn’t needed anyway.


Enjoy the Pics,

Bear

Nilla Wafers smashed in a Ziplock bag for Crust:
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Mixing Crumbs, Sugar & Butter for Crust:
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Putting Crust mixture in Jars & Tamping down in bottoms:
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Mixing Batter Ingredients:
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Batter all mixed & Smooth:
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Canning Jars filled:
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All lids on & finger tightened slightly:
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After 90 minutes in a 185° SV Bath, the result is Cheesecake---Not Custard:
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There it is right there ! Those come out so good . Nice write up . I'm with you no crust next time , or I was thinking about some cherry pie filling in the bottom ? Nice job .

You have a stand for that mixer ?
 
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Those look good Bear! I’ll take one shipped to my house.

I saw the idea but never looked to try them. My wife loves to make cheesecakes for the holidays and parties...I don’t want that to be my duty now, lol.
 
That looks pretty fantastic, and the mixer is truly a classic. I think my mom still has one of those. Going to have to make some of these (no crust) this weekend. Nice!
 
Those really look great Love Cheesecake and some Cherry's wpuld be good ;)

Gary
 
While I love my sous vide machine, I think I'll take a pass on "cheesecake in a jar." I have a nice spring form pan that I bought specifically for making cheesecake and I can't see how the sous vide method makes life any easier. Besides, eating a wedge of yummy cheesecake with a fork off a plate just seems more civilized than spooning it out of a jar. Call me a snob if you want.:)
 
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While I love my sous vide machine, I think I'll take a pass on "cheesecake in a jar." I have a nice spring form pan that I bought specifically for making cheesecake and I can't see how the sous vide method makes life any easier. Besides, eating a wedge of yummy cheesecake with a fork off a plate just seems more civilized than spooning it out of a jar. Call me a snob if you want.:)


LOL---Yeah--It seems strange, but it actually is the best Cheesecake I ever had.:)
You can also use a bowl with a lid. We had one that was just like the one used in the YouTube video I watched, about 9" in diameter, with 1/4" thick glass, 4" high side, and a tight fitting rubber-like lid, but Mrs Bear said she thinks she tossed it to make room for other stuff.
Probably my fault (it usually is), because the room she needed was probably for one of my new toys.:rolleyes:

Bear
 
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Thanks for the mention Bear!

Our crust (graham crackers) was a little hard as well. I think next time I will put a little less in and not pack it as much.
 
Thanks for the mention Bear!

Our crust (graham crackers) was a little hard as well. I think next time I will put a little less in and not pack it as much.


Thanks BBG !!
Yup, if I was going to use a crust again, that's pretty much what I figured I would do.
However I think I'll be using some Cherry Pie filling, instead of a crust, or some other kind of berries (Raspberries, Wineberries, etc). Bears love Berries!!
I'm also thinking about cutting the heat back to about 180° or 182°.

Bear
 
There it is right there ! Those come out so good . Nice write up . I'm with you no crust next time , or I was thinking about some cherry pie filling in the bottom ? Nice job .

You have a stand for that mixer ?

Thanks Chop!!!
I'm thinking Cherry Pie Filling too!! Or maybe Blueberry or Raspberry. Bears love Berries!!
No stand---Mrs Bear has that mixer since before we got married. It's well over 50 years old.
Still works Great!!

Bear


Those look good Bear! I’ll take one shipped to my house.

I saw the idea but never looked to try them. My wife loves to make cheesecakes for the holidays and parties...I don’t want that to be my duty now, lol.


Thank You Xray!!
I know exactly what you mean---Don't overload your own wheelbarrow.
And Thanks for the Like.

Bear
 
I took the kids to dinner last night , Longhorn steak house . Funny , they had to new desserts ,,, in pint Mason jars .
The one that looked a cheese cake had the crumbs on top .

I'm thinkin fruit on top
 
That looks pretty fantastic, and the mixer is truly a classic. I think my mom still has one of those. Going to have to make some of these (no crust) this weekend. Nice!


Thank You Jared!!
Yup---Mrs Bear has that Mixer since before we got married, and that was 1968.

Bear
 
Those look pretty darn good!
I bet they were fantastic tasting!
Al


Thank You Al !!
These really are the Best Cheesecakes I ever ate.
My Buddy who lives with the Bears in his cabin in Potter County was here yesterday, and I gave him one of these little Cheesecakes. He said it was just as good as his favorites from "The Cheesecake Factory".
And Thanks for the Like, Al.

Bear
 
I think I might have to try yet another one of your recipes Bear. I also am going to try to make those Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites, as I have had several friends tell me they are quite popular, and are causing a lot of people to invest in a sous vide cooker.

Thanks for another great recipe Bear! Looking forward to trying this.
 
I think I might have to try yet another one of your recipes Bear. I also am going to try to make those Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites, as I have had several friends tell me they are quite popular, and are causing a lot of people to invest in a sous vide cooker.

Thanks for another great recipe Bear! Looking forward to trying this.


Thanks Erik!!
I got this one from the Brazilian guys on YouTube---"Sous Vide Everything".
Those guys are Great !!
Actually the one guy does the work & the other two do the Taste Tasting.

I saw those Egg Bites on YouTube, but I never had any & never been to a Starbucks.
I'll have to wait for your Video.

Bear
 
I took the kids to dinner last night , Longhorn steak house . Funny , they had to new desserts ,,, in pint Mason jars .
The one that looked a cheese cake had the crumbs on top .

I'm thinkin fruit on top


Thank You Chop!!
I haven't decided yet, Cherries on top or bottom, but definitely Cherry Pie Filling.
Maybe some on top, bottom, and mid-way. Hmmmm......Maybe some with All 3.

Bear
 
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