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Passion Fruit Cheesecake cups have layers of buttery graham crumbs, silky cheesecake mousse, and macerated passion fruit pulp. This is a tropical, refreshing, and creamy dessert that will brighten you up with one look.
I have checked out on this cold weather. Even my dreams are of sunny beaches, tropical fruit, and warmth! Today I had enough. While at Whole Foods I spotted some passion fruits and thought today was the day to bring a little sunshine back into these cloudy days.
These passion fruit cheesecake cups use only 8 ingredients and take only 5 minutes to prepare. After only an hour of chill time they are ready to scoop out by the spoonful right from individual jars or cups.
Individual desserts like this are such a great way to feed a crowd or scale down to whip up a quick dessert for two. You can make as many as you like in the portion size that you want. Depending on the occasion, dress them up in dessert glasses or serve them in rustic mason jars. Regardless of the serving cup, these passion fruit cheesecake cups are elegant and so flavorful. Furthermore, these cheesecake parfait cups are ready so quickly with few ingredients that they are a win win. Most likely, you already have most of the ingredients on hand.
The first time I ate fresh passion fruit was during a vacation to Maui, Hawaii. I was hooked on the peachy and tangy flavor with a unique texture and look. Passion fruits are exotic, mysterious, and pack a whole lot of flavor into a ball that’s only a little bigger than a golf ball. These tree fruits range from about 3-8 inches.
These fruits are so versatile and can be used in all kinds of cakes, mousses, tarts, and more. Passion fruit goes well with cheesecake since it is both sweet and tart. The texture makes it perfect for layering it between this dessert like a parfait. And the aesthetics are simply beautiful with zero effort on your part.
The passion fruits I used for these passion fruit cheescake cups had a deep purple outer skin and a bright orange pulp inside. To know that a passion fruit is ripe, look for a wrinkling outer skin. In fact, passion fruits are ready to eat once they have fallen off their trees.
A really awesome aspect of these fruits is that all you have to do is slice into them and scrape out the pulp, seeds and all. I think passion fruit is the easiest and no fuss fruit to work with!
Passion Fruit Cheesecake Cups
These passion fruit cheesecake cups take only a few minutes to put together and require only an hour of chill time. Get ready to make the most elevated yet easiest and most elegant looking dessert ever!
First, get all of the passion fruit pulp into a bowl. To clean the passion fruits, use a sharp knife to cut them in half. Then scrape seeds and pulp out. That’s it! Sprinkle with a small amount of sugar to macerate while you work on the rest of the cheesecake mousse and buttery graham layers.
Next, make your buttery graham crust layer by melting some butter and mixing it with graham cracker crumbs. You can either use a food processor to make your own crumbs from graham crackers or you can use the crumbs that are already boxed. I used pre-ground graham crumbs that I had leftover from Top Chef Key Lime Crunch.
Then use a large bowl and a hand mixer to make your whipped cheesecake mousse. First, cream your cream cheese and sugar for two minutes, until creamy and whipped. Then add the lemon zest, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. Continue whipping for two minutes more. The result is creamy, silky, and cool. Fill a piping bag with the tip of your choice. Alternatively, you can spoon the cheesecake mousse out.
Lastly, just assemble your passion fruit cheesecake cups. Distribute an even amount of graham crumbs into the bottom of each jar. Use about 2 tablespoons for each, reserving enough for another layer within each jar. Press the crumbs down. Then pipe or spoon in some of the whipped cheesecake mousse. Drizzle on some of the macerated passion fruit pulp. Then repeat. Finish off with a dusting of graham crumbs. Chill for about an hour before serving.
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Passion Fruit Cheesecake Cups Recipe
No Bake Passion Fruit Cheesecake Cups
Creamy, whipped no bake cheesecake layered with buttery graham crumbs and fresh macerated passion fruit pulp. These no bake passion fruit cheesecake cups only take a few minutes to prepare and 8 ingredients!
Use a food processor to pulse graham crackers into crumbs. In a bowl, melt the butter. Add graham crumbs and mix well, Set aside,
Remove the pulp from the passion fruits and place it into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and stir. Allow to macerate while you make the no bake cream cheese.
In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese with the sugar for two minutes, until fluffy.
Then add the vanilla, lemon zest, and heavy cream. Whisk on high for another minute, or until the mixture is whipped in texture.
Put the mixture into piping bag.
Then place a couple of tablespoons of the graham crumbs into a small mason jar or cup of your choice.
Pipe in some of the no bake cheesecake mousse.
Then add about a tablespoon or so of passion fruit pulp.
Sprinkle on a tablespoon or so of graham crumbs.
Pipe on more no bake cheesecake.
Top with more passion fruit pulp.
Sprinkle with any remaining graham crumbs.
Allow to chill for at least an hour before serving.