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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake With A Chocolate Cookie Crust

This cheesecake is, in a word, DIVINE! Using neufchatel cheese creates a mellow, sweet, smooth and light texture. Fresh raspberry puree adds a slight tang. And making a chocolatey, chewy cookie crust gives flavor depth and mouth feel that regular graham cracker crusts can’t compete with. Cheesecake Factory, EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

This recipe makes one 8 inch round cheesecake.

For Chocolate Cookie Crust:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Melt 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate and set aside

Cream together:

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

Add slightly cooled chocolate and mix

Add and mix:

1/2 of 1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Add and mix:

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

dash of salt

Dough will be very sticky. Flour your hands and press dough evenly into bottom of greased 8 inch round springform pan. Par-bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Once out of the oven turn temp down to 325 degrees.

For Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake batter:

Mix in a small bowl and set aside:

3/4 cup fresh raspberries, crushed

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Cream together until smooth:

2- 8 oz packages neufchatel cheese

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp almond extract

Add and mix 1 at a time:

2 eggs

Pour batter over warm crust and dollop teaspoonfuls of the raspberry puree around the top of batter. Use a butter knife to cut through the puree and batter creating a swirl effect. Make sure you don’t cut through the crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 1hr-1hr 15min. Top will still jiggle when you take it out so no worries. The cheesecake will continue to set up as it cools. Cool on rack for about 30 minutes to an hour and then wrap with plastic wrap and cool completely in fridge. About 3 hours.

Unlike traditional cheesecakes that are dense and heavy, this dessert is good to the very last bite!

Recipes and post by Kar

images by Kar