Monday, July 30, 2012
Pay de Queso
Cream cheese can be blended with very hot salsas to cool them down and make them creamy, but more importantly and most common is its use in pay de queso (or cheese pie), the Mexican equivalent of cheesecake. Pay de queso is similar to traditional cheesecakes that are full of cheese flavor and have a dense-ish texture. So, you get that great flavor, but don't have to worry about the annoying water baths or cracking on top that comes with making a traditional cheesecake.
1 packet (340 g) Maria cookies
2 Tbsp. sugar
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 14 oz. can Lechera (sweetened condensed milk)
1 12 oz. can Carnation Clavel (evaporated milk)
2 8 oz. packages Philadelphia cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
pinch of salt
*makes 2 pays*
1 - Crush the Maria cookies (with a rolling pin or in a blender) and mix the crumbs with the sugar and melted butter. Press the mixture evenly into 8-inch pie plates.
2 - Blend the lechera, carnation, eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, lime juice and salt together until creamy.
3 - Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pie crusts.
4 - Bake for 40 to 50 minutes at 350*.
5 - Enjoy! (Yes, that's all; it's that easy.)
Posted by Guerrita at 8:47 AM