Who doesn't love cheesecake? I mean, other than those that are lactose intolerant. And, if that's the case, I feel sad that you can't enjoy the sugary, melt-in-your mouth deliciousness of this dessert.
The only problem is this: Who ever needs a whole cheesecake? Sure, I love a slice here and there, but I can't very well eat 8 slices before I start questioning how fresh it is. Plus, there's all the work of baking the cheesecake in a warm water bath and using a springform pan so you don't completely destroy it when serving...
So, the idea of a single-serve cheesecake is pretty ingenious. Throw some ingredients into a cup, cook in the microwave, let chill, and devour. The result? Something akin to a thick, cheesecake flavored pudding. Sure, it isn't a fluffy slice of cheesecake heaven, but it also doesn't sit your refrigerator for a week taunting you with its thousands of calories.
- 2-ounces of light cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup of light sour cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 tablespoons egg white
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- Mini chocolate chips (optional)
- In a microwave safe mug, beat the cream cheese with a whisk until fluffy.
- Add in the sour cream, vanilla, sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, and cornstarch.
- Whisk for about 2-minutes, or until light and fluffy.
- If adding chocolate chips, stir into the cheesecake mixture.
- Microwave for 1-2 minutes, keeping a close eye on the contents of the mug. As soon as the center starts to bubble, you must remove it from the microwave. This means it is fully cooked and an extended period of time cooking after it begins bubbling can ruin the cheesecake.
- Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours.
Before serving, you could also crush up some graham crackers on top to give it some "crust." I didn't, but only because the only graham crackers I had in the house were Golden Grahams and they had gone bad. I mean, seriously, who knew those could go off?
Now, go enjoy your cheesecake!