Here’s a great Valentine’s Day dessert that also celebrates the upcoming maple syrup season.



  • 1 cup (250mL) all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 (75 mL) cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) walnuts, toasted and finely chopped

  • 3 pkgs (250g each) cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown sugar, packed

  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) real maple syrup

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) artificial maple extract


Preheat oven to 350 C. Grease a 9-inch (23cm) spring form pan. Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly, add walnuts. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until light golden. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add maple syrup and blend until combined. Add eggs, beating on low speed after each addition. Pour into baked crust. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until just set. Remove from oven and let cool 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled. To serve, drizzle with warm maple syrup.

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