Amen Wardy’s Incredibly Addictive Spicy Sweet Jalapeño Slices
- Stand Mixer, Paddle Attachment
- 9” x 3″ Spring Form Pan
- Fine Mesh Sieve
- Sheet Pan
- Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
- Digital Thermometer
- 7 ounces of graham crackers
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Pinch of Kosher or Sea Salt
- 6 tablespoons of butter-melted
- 4–8 ounce blocks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
- 8 ounces of plain fresh goat cheese (at room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher Salt
- 6 eggs at room temperature, whisked and strained through a fine-mesh sieve
- 6 ounces heavy cream (about 3/4 cup)
- 4 tablespoons of Amen Wardy, Spicy Sweet Jalapeños, chopped or 2 tablespoons of fresh Jalapeños, seeded and chopped, more or less to taste depending on heat and preference for spice level.
- Preheat oven to 325℉, adjust oven rack to the middle position.
- Wrap the bottom portion of pan with foil, assemble, and lightly grease the interior of pan with butter.
- Process graham crackers in a food processor to create crumbs.
- Mix crumbs, sugar, salt & melted butter in a bowl to combine.
- Pour into the foil lined spring form and press down using the bottom of a flat glass to create an even layer.
- Bake at 325℉ for 10-12 minutes until fragrant and slightly browning.
- Remove from the oven to cool. Raise oven temperature to 450℉.
- Proceed to prepare filling.
- Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, lemon juice, vanilla extract and salt on low speed (reserve sugar). Increase speed to medium and cream mixture until smooth. Scrape the bowl and beater as necessary.
- Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the sugar all together to combine. Add the whisked, strained eggs to combine. Add the chopped jalapeños to combine. Stop the mixer and proceed to the next step.
- In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a full boil. Return to the mixer and start on low, add the hot cream in a steady, slow stream. Warming the batter will help release air pockets and reduce bake time.
- Use the filling immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week. Bring cold batter to room temperature before baking.
- Pour batter over cooled crust and place on a baking sheet. If you notice air bubbles, bounce a spoon across the surface to dissipate the bubbles.
- Bake at 450℉ until the cheesecake is puffed and dry to the touch around the edges, about 20 minute. It may also have golden patches along the surface. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through to ensure even browning.
- Turn the oven off, open the door and leave it slightly open, allowing the cheesecake to continue cooking for 10 minutes from the residual heat. Close the door and reduce the oven temperature to 250 °F. Continue baking about 35 minutes until the outer edge of the cheesecake feels firm, the innermost ring of cheesecake will wobble quite freely if you shake the pan. This wobbly zone should be no more than 3-inches across. Stick a digital thermometer 2″ inches straight into the center. The cheesecake is done at 145 °F. Testing with a thermometer will not cause the cheesecake to crack; cracking is the result of over-baking.
- Let the cheesecake cool for 15 minutes, then run a thin knife or offset spatula around the sides to loosen and help the cake settle evenly as it cools. Continue letting it cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour (or up to 4) before covering with plastic wrap pr foil. Refrigerate until it’s cold to the core, at least 12 hours.
The Big Reveal
- Place the pan on a flat work surface. Using a thin knife or offset spatula, loosen the sides of cheesecake from the pan. Release spring form clasp and remove ring. Using a large offset spatula, loosen cake from bottom of pan and transfer to a large, flat serving plate.
- To slice: Run a large, sharp knife under hot water before cutting. Garnish with sliced Spicy Jazzy Jalapeños.
- To store: Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.