August is, apparently, both National Peach and National Goat Cheese month.
And no, I’m not one of those who keeps up with obscure holidays. I only know this because it is my turn to supply the goodies at the monthly birthday celebration at work, and I was looking for a theme.
A quick survey revealed that a surprising number of Marketing folks are averse to goat cheese. Didn’t stop me from experimenting, though.
I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.
Goat cheese. Cheesecake. Goat cheese. Cheesecake.
Mini Goat Cheesecake with Peach Sauce
Adapted from Anne Burrell’s recipe here
*Note that this is for a mini (4.5″) springform pan (and I had a little extra). Multiply by each ingredient by 4 for a 9″ pan.
– 1/4 cup cookie crumbs (graham crackers, ginger snaps, oreos, or even nuts, whatever you have on hand)
– 1.5 Tablespoons butter
– 1 Tablespoon sugar
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the cookie crumbs and sugar. Stir until moistened. Press into bottom and up the sides of a springform pan (wrap the outsides of the pan in foil).
– 4 oz. cream cheese
– 4 oz. goat cheese
– 2 oz. sour cream
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream cheeses together. Add remaining filling ingredients until smooth and combined. Pour into prepared pan. Add boiling water to a shallow pan. Add the cheesecake. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool in the off-oven for 30 minutes or so, then remove to cool completely. Refrigerate overnight.
– 1/2 Tablespoon butter
– 1 large peach, diced
– 2 Tablespoons sugar
– 1-2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier or peach schnapps (optional)
Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add peaches and saute briefly. Add sugar, and stir until dissolved. Add booze, remove pan from heat, and *carefully* light the fumes above the sauce. Return pan to heat, shaking gently to burn off the alcohol. Pour over cheesecake.
I love it. I will neither confirm nor deny that I had a slice for breakfast. The pie is light and fluffy, and the goat cheese adds just the perfect amount of twang to complement the sweet sauce.
Happy goat cheese. Happy peaches. Happy cheesecake. Happy weekend.