Cheesecake in a loaf pan makes 5 small slices of cheesecake, perfect for a small batch cheesecake for two!

Small cheesecake made in a loaf pan to serve two (or four) @dessertfortwo
Cheesecake in a loaf pan makes 5 small slices of cheesecake, perfect for a small batch cheesecake for two!

I’m having the hardest time deciding the serving size of this small cheesecake made in a loaf pan. I think just how much cheesecake you can eat is personal. A personal accomplishment, if you ask me, but nevertheless, the answer varies.

Cheesecake is rich, so I only ate one of the little triangles, but my husband considers two triangles the perfect serving. This cheesecake in a loaf pan was eaten by 4 people in 1 day, so there’s that. Maybe that’s a little more than dessert for two, but it’s still smaller than a 9″ cheesecake.

More fun facts about this cheesecake: the gluten free option is there, and it’s delicious. I mixed 1.5 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes with an egg white, sugar, and melted butter to make the cheesecake crust. Can you use sweetened coconut flakes? Sure, if you’ve got ’em. (Omit the sugar in that case).

If you want to make this cheesecake with a standard graham cracker crust, see my Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake version!

Loaf Pan Cheesecake for Two

During a recent freezer purge, I found some frozen tart/ pie cherries in my freezer. I decided to make my own cherry pie filling for the topping, because then I could load it up with almond extract and slurp it with a straw. If you already have a can of cherry pie filling in your pantry, crack that baby open!

Small recipe for cheesecake

Line your bread loaf pan with parchment paper, press in the coconut crust (or graham cracker crust!) and bake for 25 minutes. It will be slightly golden brown after 25 minutes. It won’t be as golden brown as it is in the photo above until the entire cheesecake is done baking.

Meanwhile, make your cheesecake filling. I leave my cream cheese on the counter overnight before baking because there is nothing worse than lumps in cheesecake. Room temperature cream cheese is ESSENTIAL. It also prevents cracks, too!

Look at that crack-free crust! And it wasn’t even baked in a water bath!

Small Cheesecake Recipe not made in a springform pan

While the cheesecake chills, make the cherry topping (or open a can of cherry pie filling!)

Another great topping is my easy 5-minute microwave lemon curd.

Small Pan Cheesecake

Everyone wants some!

(Don’t give babies cheesecake…see my BABY FOOD RECIPES, though!)

Cheesecake Dessert for Two for Valentine's Day

No cheesecake for baby. I did make her some cherry and beet puree, though!

Yield: 2-4

Cheesecake in a Loaf Pan

Cheesecake in a Loaf Pan
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the cheesecake:

  • 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, [b]at room temperature[/b]
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

For the cherry topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen tart cherries (also called pie cherries)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325, and line a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. See photo above for reference--it doesn't have to cover all sides--just the two longest sides.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut, sugar, butter, egg white and salt. The mixture will be very thick and paste-like. Press it into the bottom of the loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla and lemon juice.
  5. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the coconut crust.
  6. Lower the oven to 300, and bake the cheesecake for 30-40 minutes, until the entire surface is set and not sticky. It will have a slightly golden yellow hue. A toothpick inserted should not come out with wet batter.
  7. Let the cheesecake cool near the oven (drastic temperature changes cause cracks in cheesecake). Once fully cooled, move to the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  8. Next, make the cherry topping by combining the cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the cherries just start to soften.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cool water.
  10. Drizzle the cornstarch mixture into the cherries, and cook for another 2 minutes, until the cherry sauce thickens.
  11. Remove from heat, and stir in the almond extract.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2369 Total Fat: 107g Saturated Fat: 80g Cholesterol: 118mg Sodium: 1424mg Carbohydrates: 311g Sugar: 289g Protein: 20g

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