I'm going to be straight with you this morning: I got nuthin. :) My brain is so full of last minute things to take care of today, that I am left with no pithy little comments to start off this post! Just this: Make This Cheesecake. It's celestial.
Cranberry-Raspberry Cheesecake (adapted from Full Fork Ahead)
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen (or you can do half cranberries and half raspberries, like I did!)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
zest from 1 orange
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups finely ground butter biscuit cookies or butter cookies
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
2- 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
Now the crust:
Grease and/or flour an 8 inch springform pan. Wrap outside of pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil.
Blend cookies, sugar and cinnamon in processor. Add butter; blend until moist clumps form. (Or pound cookies to crumbs in a plastic bag, then mix with butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl) Press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides of pan. Place pan in the fridge to chill while you continue with the filling. Preheat oven to 350 and position rack in the center of the oven
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in sugar. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in sour cream, whipping cream and vanilla. Pour 1/3 of filling into the crust. Dollop 1/3 of cranberry puree on top of filling and gently swirl it through with a knife.
So impressive, NOT difficult as long as you baby it, you've got to try this one. Sure to be a holiday showstopper! I actually halved the recipe to make a small one. Double my measurements and use a 10 inch pan, and you'll have plenty for a crowd! Or just for you, to last you through till about February... :)
Shared at On the Menu Monday