One of the coolest things the Instant Pot can do is make cheesecake! Without a long story, so you don’t have to SKIP right to the recipe, I am taking you right to this home run of a cheesecake recipe; make one today!
Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake
This recipe for the Instant Pot is simple and delicious. Garnish cheesecake with fresh fruit.
10 graham crackers
5 tbsp salted butter (melted)
2 eggs (room temperature)
16 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c sour cream (room temperature)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Line the inside of a cake pan with foil, leaving extra to overhang around the edges; approximately 1″ so you can remove the cake from the pan after chilling.
In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they are fine crumbs. Add crumbs and melted butter to a bowl and mix with hands forming large clumps. When all of the crumbs are moist, press into the pan and up the sides. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and sour cream until smooth. About 3 minutes. Add eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Beat on high for about 1 minute. Pour into crust.
Instant Pot Settings
Add 1 cup water to the Instant Pot. Place the cake pan on the trivet that came with the unit and lower it into the Instant Pot. Lightly lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the cheesecake. Cover the pot, set to cook at high pressure for 28 minutes. Turn the warm button off. Allow steam to release naturally for about 15 minutes.
Remove the lid and the cake pan from the pot. Gently dab the inside rim of the pan to remove any excess moisture. Let cool on the counter for about 15 minutes then cover with plastic wrap to refrigerate overnight.
This recipe is for a 6 quart Instant Pot. Ensure you have the right size baking pan to insert into the instant pot. A 6″ cake pan was used for this recipe but a 7″ spring form pan will also work.
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Even though the Instant Pot® has been on the market for a few years I am surprised to find how many are actually in fear of using this amazing pressure cooker. To conquer your Instant Pot® you must face them head on. You must jump in with both feet. Conquering any fears is never easy, however; once you do the results are liberating.
I feared the Instant Pot® for approximately two years until I was given no option but to use one and try to become an expert on its recipes and functions. Well, we all know that becoming an expert on something doesn’t happen over night. I am currently working on developing my skills. Yes, skills.
Can you imagine really needing skill to use this piece of equipment? Not many are required because of all of the pre-sets but, developing and trying new recipes can be a challenge. I have had successes and epic fails but, I still press on.
To conquer your Instant Pot® fears go to a class. If you have a Williams Sonoma in your area they have regular classes. If you purchase your unit there, they will demo it for you. Once you have a demo, your fears will lessen. I met a woman this past Sunday who has had one in a box for a year and has not opened it, let alone used it. She is experiencing overwhelming “Instant Pot Fear”. I offered her a one-on-one private class this Wednesday to help her through it.
Making applesauce in the Instant Pot is simple and delicious. The best part about it is there is no added sugar! Store bought applesauce is loaded with sugars and chemicals. My Instant Pot Applesauce has only three ingredients: 8 Apples, 1/2 cup of Water and 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon or Applepie Spice. NO ADDED SUGAR. Use your favorite apple. I use 4 Granny Smith and 4 Gala Apples.
This graphics shows you how easily it can be made. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes and then release steam. If you like chunky applesauce, mash with a spoon or potato masher. Put in the blender if you like it smooth.
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With all of the fury around the Instant Pot, companies like Williams-Sonoma are jumping on board to make Instant Pot sauces and rubs and all of them are excellent! If you see a sale scoop them up. They all give you that gourmet flavor with ease; you dont have to shop for all of the complicated ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen. I use one of their regular sauces a couple nights a week.
If you are one that jumped on the Instant Pot trend scoop up the sauces; if you don’t have an Instant Pot, now is the time. You will be able to get through the holiday’s with ease and they also make the perfect holiday gift.
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