Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears

When you’re a kid, having sisters is not that exciting. They borrow your clothes and pretend they’re you when a boy calls. But when you’re a grown-up, having sisters that live in the same city is pretty grand, especially when they’re good cooks. I may have mentioned before that my youngest sister is a fantastic cook. (Not the one who lives across the street – although she has fed me well, it’s not as much her thing.)

She always brings stunningly delicious things to family dinners, and this time it was her first attempt at a no-bake cheesecake. (A great idea, I think, when the oven is full of a turkey.) I admit to some cheesecake snobbery – I generally dismiss no-bake cheesecakes, but this one was not set with gelatin, but was a soft mixture of cream cheese, whipping cream and pure maple syrup, with thinly sliced roasted pears on top. (I love her use of red-skinned pears here.)

She used a Martha Stewart recipe – and doesn’t it look even better than the picture? The pears were sliced by hand, which she said was easy – no need for a mandoline. It was softer than she’d have liked, even straight from the fridge – almost like a delicious mousse – and the maple flavour was subtler than we expected. (This is common in maple desserts – I’d bump it up with a teaspoon of maple extract, or just go the vanilla route.)

Also? The suggested serving size – 6-8 – is hilarious. It easily serves two to three times that – there were 14 of us, and I brought home the leftovers. I can’t imagine divvying this up into six slices. (A good reason to have dessert first?)


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6 comments on “Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears

  1. bellini
    October 9, 2012 at 12:44 am

    It sounds like a must try recipe.

  2. Jaya
    October 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

    That is a LOT of cooking talent in a single family and THAT is a gorgeous, breathtaking cake!

  3. Jan @ Family Bites
    October 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I love that she used the red-skinned pears – so pretty!

  4. Misty
    October 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    It is a beautiful dessert!

  5. Avery
    October 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm


  6. Laura
    October 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    My sister told the guy she is dating that she would move no farther than 2 hours from me. I could have cheered! And she loves to cook too. 🙂

    This looks great–my mom would love it, might have to surprise her with it.

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