Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pay de Queso {Mexican Cheese Cake}




Pay de queso means cheese pie. It is the Mexican version of the cheesecake. It's a very easy recipe, with very few ingredients. You will notice that this recipe calls for 6 to 8 ounces of cream cheese. This is because in Mexico, the largest package of cream cheese available is 190 grams, which is roughly about 6 ounces. For those of you in the States, use the 8 ounce package if you want.

I have encountered many variations of this recipe. Some were very dry and crumbly. Other's were too soggy. This is my version of the pay de queso.

I've also included my recipe for a graham cracker crust, using Maria's cookies, for those of you who may not have prepared graham cracker crusts on hand.

Pay de Queso
(Cream Cheese Pie)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 6 to 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust

Directions:
Pour milks into blender cup; add cream cheese, eggs and vanilla. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes or until center is set.

Remove pie from oven; let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate pie atleast 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!!!


Maria's Cookie Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup melted butter (90 grams)
  • 1 package Maria's cookies

Directions:
Grind Maria's cookies in blender or food processor. (Or place cookies in large plastic bag and crush with rolling pin.) Stir in butter until well combined. Press mixture firmly onto bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.

With Love,
Leslie Limon

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