6-8 Graham Crackers
Stick of butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
7 eggs (seperated)
3/4 cup sugar
16 oz cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
2/5 cup cornflour
2/5 cup vanilla pudding mix
2 tbsp red chili flakes (or more...)
You're also going to need something to put it in. I used Pannettone paper cups, which have a straight, flat edge unlike regular muffin cups. This recipe ended up making 14 mini-cheesecakes. I would also recommend doing this in the evening, since they get left in the oven for 4-6 hours after baking.
In a food processer blitz up the graham crackers into a coarse powder and mix in the sugar and chili flakes. Melt the butter and stir into the crumb mixture. You can use vanilla wafers if you're short on graham crackers. Pat 1-2 tbsps into each cup, patting it down. Put it in the oven at 350F (180C) for 5 minutes then take out to cool down.
When that is well mixed take the egg whites and beat the living heck out of them. Well, not that much, you want to get them to the "soft peak" stage.
Now for the delicate bit, with a spatula gently mix the egg whites into the rest of the mixture. Taking about a third at a time, slide the beaten whites into the bowl and fold them in slowly so it stays aerated.
Preheat the oven 325F (150C).
When it's all combined start filling the cups. This is the easy part. Fill them about 2/3 of the way up.
In theory, they're done! Woohoo! Or, you can kick them up a notch. I removed the paper mold from the cheesecakes, which should be more cake like than a regular heavy cheesecake. I then melted white chocolate with a bit of butter and dipped the tops of each cake in it. When it had set I took melted caramel and splattered it on top of the chocolate.
Needless to say they were a big hit. I made some with chili and some without. As I said, the texture is much more cake like, very fluffy, but it tasted like a classic cheese cake, sweet and a bit sour, just when you think the flavor profile finishes the chili kicks in. It starts subtly and then builds up, but is never over powering, muted by the cheese. Highly recommended, but a not a beginner recipe.