Cherry Cheesecake Brain

With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to impress your guests with a delicious cheesecake brain?! I created this recipe for Good Housekeeping Magazine's digital site.

What you'll need:

16 oz. cream cheese

1 C boiling water

2 packets gelatin

1/4 C ricotta

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 C powdered sugar

1/4 C cherry pie filling

1 packet graham crackers

Preparation: In a large bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin and let bloom for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese, ricotta, vanilla, sugar, and pie filling. Reserve about 2 tbsp of the pie filling to brush your brain mold with. After the gelatin has bloomed, slowly stir the gelatin mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Once fully combined, spray your brain mold with non-stick spray, and line the mold with the remaining cherry pie filling (using a pastry brush helps to evenly coat the mold). This will give your brain an extra-fresh and bloody look. Fill the mold with the cheesecake filling and set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Crumb 2-3 graham crackers in a food processor (or plastic bag with a rolling pin). Sprinkle the crumbs onto the serving platter. Once the brain has set, release onto the serving platter, and surround it with additional graham crackers. Garnish with some surgical supplies for extra scare factor!

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