Friday, December 31, 2010

Cranberry-Lemon Cheesecake

I was simultaneously yearning to make something with fresh cranberries and needing to come up with a dessert for New Year's Eve, so this was the result. The blackberries were Riley's addition.

Adapted from a Bon Appétit magazine recipe, 1998.

CRUST
3 C finely ground graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Wrap outside of pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil. Blend crackers, sugar and cinnamon in processor. Add butter; blend until moist clumps form. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides of pan. Chill crust while preparing filling.

FILLING
3 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 C sugar
4 large eggs
2 C sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

PUREE
2 C fresh cranberries
2/3 C sugar
1/3 C fresh lemon juice
2 T grated lemon peel
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground nutmeg
4 t vanilla extract

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in sugar. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in sour cream and vanilla.

Transfer 1/3 of filling to prepared crust. Dollop 1/3 of cranberry puree atop filling. Repeat layering of filling and puree 2 more times. Using knife, swirl puree through filling, creating marbled design.

Place springform pan in large roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake until cheesecake puffs around edges, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Turn off oven. Let cake stand in oven 1 hour, leaving oven door ajar.

Transfer cake to rack. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Cool completely. Remove foil from pan sides. Cover cake and chill overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
Remove pan sides to serve.

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4 comments:

  1. Mmm...I can just imagine how wonderful the tart cranberries would be with the cheesecake!

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  2. Looks so yummy. Love the cranberries in it.

    Stopping by from Little Birdie Told Me and I am your new follower as well. I love browsing through cooking blogs.

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  3. Camilla, you are the shining culinary star of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." on Tuesdays -- always a highlight and so very, very appreciated!

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  4. @Jenn, Thank you...from you that's a high compliment.

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