Mini Key Lime Cheesecake + Macadamia Graham Cracker Crusts

Yield: 18 servings

INGREDIENTS:

For the crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ground, toasted macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup key lime juice

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.  Put a kettle of water on the stove to boil.  Line a muffin tin with paper baking cups.
  • When the water comes to a boil, fill a cake pan or baking dish about halfway up the sides with boiling water.  Place pan or dish on the bottom rack in your oven.  This will create a moist environment for baking the cheesecakes.
  • Prepare the crust:  Whisk crumbs, ground nuts and sugar together in a bowl.  Add melted butter and mix with a fork until mixture resembles wet sand.  Press 1 tablespoon of crumb mixture into the bottom of each baking cup.  Set aside.
  • Prepare the filling:  Place cream cheese in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.   Reduce speed to medium-low and add the egg yolks, one at a time, until well combined.  Add condensed milk, sugar and Key lime juice and continue mixing until completely blended.  The batter should be thick and velvety.
  • Fill each baking cup with the cheesecake batter, and place on the middle rack of your oven.  Bake for approximately 23-25 minutes, until cheesecakes are set, but still slightly jiggly in the center – like Jell-O.  Remove cakes from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool.  When cooled to room temperature, chill cheesecakes in the fridge for several hours to firm up.
  • Serve with a garnish of fresh whipped cream, if desired.

Courtesy of Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy 

Conversations with Curtis Bryant of Fake Socialite NYC

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How did fake socialite come about? 

Fake Socialite is a term that a good friend of mine and I came up with a few years back, when we first entered what’s known in New York as “The Scene”. I started the brand officially in the Summer of 2013. Long story short, last summer I realized how many people I was inspiring without even knowing it.

What is a fake socialite? 

In our generation it’s easy to be considered famous or popular in a short amount of time. Even though it’s a great feeling to be loved and admired, not everyone that I have come encountered with has taking the humility pill. These people are known as Fake Socialites BUT,  this term is universal and goes beyond New York City. No matter where you live you know someone who you would consider a fake socialite.

What message are you trying to send to people through your line? 

The message that I’am trying to send to people through Fake Socialite NYC is  is that the term “Fake Socialite” is not a negative term but more as a reminder to people to remain humble and use their voice for good. It’s important that people know they should use they’re pedestal of popularity as a platform to encourage and inspire people. People need to know that they’re presence is more valued than you know.

Anyone you would like to collaborate with? 

There are so many people I would love to collaborate with but, i’m also very aware that because FSNYC is a new brand, it’s important that I make sure the identity is fully developed and noticed. Too many people collaborate before they’ve even set a tone for themselves.

What can we expect from Fake Socialite in 2014? 

In 2014 you can expect more great apparel, more great visuals and I just hope to continue inspiring people.

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