Sunday, December 21, 2008

Creamy Cheesecake - Compliments of Ina G.

One of my last Thanksgiving related posts (better late than never, right?). We skipped the traditional pumpkin pie for a creamy cheesecake with mixed berries. Man-o-man was this good. I think everyone had 2 pieces even after eating all the other food. It was that good.

The recipe was from Ina Garten and was easier than I expected to put together. I did skip the fresh berries called for in the recipe and substituted thawed blueberries, blackberries and raspberries on the side since we had them in the freezer already.

Mixed Berry Cheesecake
Revised slightly from Ina Garten's version

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (10 crackers)
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 whole extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the fruit:
Frozen fruit mixture (we used blackberries, blueberries and raspberries) with the juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the crust, combine the graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter until moistened. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan. With your hands, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

To make the filling, cream the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed of the mixer to medium and add the eggs and egg yolks, 2 at a time, mixing well. Scrape down the bowl and beater, as necessary. With the mixer on low, add the sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly and pour into the cooled crust.

Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 225 degrees and bake for another 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and open the door wide. The cake will not be completely set in the center. Allow the cake to sit in the oven with the door open for 30 minutes. Take the cake out of the oven and allow it to sit at room temperature for another 2 to 3 hours, until completely cooled. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the cake from the springform pan by carefully running a hot knife around the outside of the cake. Leave the cake on the bottom of the springform pan for serving.

Once a piece is cut, place a generous amount of thawed berries and juice on each plate.

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1 Comment:

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Mmmm.... who can resist a slice of cheesecake!? :)


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