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    Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

    This layered Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake is bursting with tart citrus and sweet red raspberry flavors. It’s perfect for a springtime soiree or any special occasion.

    This layered cheesecake has been in development for a long time – more than a year, actually! It’s inspired by Cheesecake Factory’s Lemon Cream Cheesecake, but it’s not an exact copycat recipe (like this one, for example). The flavors are much the same as the inspiration cake, but it’s pared down in size and more manageable for the home baker. I’ve made three different versions of it, and had even teased one iteration ‘coming soon’ on Instagram stories months ago. However, after a little more scrutinizing, I decided it still wasn’t exactly right. The first version was too tart. The second one was too tall to fit in a standard 9×3-inch springform pan. It’s like they say, third time’s a charm!
    Yes – at long last! I’m ready to share this Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake just in time for spring holidays and warm weather. It isn’t hard to make, but it does take some time to put together. Start a couple of days ahead, because the cheesecake layer needs to chill overnight. And then the assembled cake also needs to chill overnight. So the most time-consuming part is the hands-off, waiting around!

    This cheesecake-cake is made of one vanilla cake layer, raspberry coulis-dipped lady fingers, zesty lemon cheesecake, and lemon whipped cream. The recipe is designed to have leftover raspberry-coulis, which should be served in a pitcher for drizzling on each cheesecake slice.

    Make the Raspberry Coulis
    Mix together 12 oz. raspberries (fresh or frozen and thawed) and granulated sugar. Cook for 2 minutes in the microwave and stir until the sugar is melted. You can also do this on the stove top. When the sugar is melted, let it cool slightly, then transfer it to a food processor or blender. Process until the mixture is pureed. There will be seeds visible in the mixture.
    Next, pour the mixture through a sieve. Use the back of a spatula to press the pulp through the screen, leaving only the seeds behind. And just like that, you’ve just made raspberry coulis! Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for later use.

    Make the Vanilla Cake Layer
    This layered cheesecake starts with a vanilla cake layer. Mix all of the ingredients up in a bowl with a hand mixer. Grease and flour your most reliable 9-inch springform pan with high sides (at least 3″ tall). Why? Because we’ll be using the same springform pan to bake and assemble the layers. Pour the batter into the springform pan and bake for about 18 minutes. At the end you should have a tender cake layer that requires no leveling. It bakes up perfectly flat and that’s just what we need.
    Allow it to cool completely an then cover it in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until needed. This will firm the crumb and it will be easier to handle.

    Make the Lemon Cheesecake Layer
    Wash the springform pan you used to bake the cake in and line the bottom with a parchment paper round. Mix up the crustless cheesecake ingredients (which includes tangy lemon zest- yum!) and pour the batter into the springform pan. Place a pan of hot water on the bottom rack of the oven and place the cheesecake on the center rack above it. This steams the cheesecake as it cooks. And helps it develop a smooth surface. I like this technique because it’s a little less messy that immersing the pan directly into a water bath.
    After an hour or so, when the timer sounds, prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon and let the cheesecake stay in the oven while it cools. This will prevent the cheesecake from having high edges with a deeply sunken center. After another hour, remove it from the oven. Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight. Then remove it from the pan and onto a plate; cover and keep refrigerated.

    Assemble the Layers
    In the same springform pan (once again!) begin assembly. Place the vanilla cake layer in the bottom of the pan. Remember that raspberry coulis? Grab a package of crisp lady fingers, and dip each one into the coulis. Then, line them up over the cake. You may have to trim some of the cookies to cover the entire cake. You can see how I arrange them in the video before the recipe card a little further down.

    Add the lemon cheesecake layer. Turn it upside down over the lady fingers and gently press down. Then, cover and refrigerate the entire thing overnight. This gives the lady fingers a chance to soften and become cake-like. Like I said before, this cheesecake isn’t complicated, but it does take some time.

    Lemon Cream Topping
    This Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake has a double dose of lemon, thanks to the lemon cream topping. After the cheesecake has chilled overnight, gently press the cheesecake layer down evenly with a flat hand. This will compress the lady finger layer slightly and make room in the pan for the lemon cream layer.
    Combine heavy cream and sugar in a mixer fitted with a whip attachment, and beat until soft peaks form. Add just a kiss of lemon extract, and beat in some bloomed and melted unflavored gelatin. This stabilizes the whipped cream and gives it a mousse-like texture which slices cleanly. Spread the whipped lemon cream over the cheesecake and refrigerate for one hour.

    After the cheesecake is chilled, remove the springform collar and transfer to a cake plate or stand. All that’s left? Scatter a few fresh raspberries on top and a couple of lemon slices, if you like. I added a few ribbons of lemon zest as well.

    Transfer the leftover coulis to a small pitcher and serve it alongside the cheesecake. An extra drizzle makes it so nice!
    I think this is a wonderful dessert to welcome the spring season. And it will also be a much appreciated cold and creamy treat throughout summer months, too. Enjoy!

    Related recipe: Chocolate-Raspberry Bavarian Torte

    Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

    Heather Baird

    This layered confection stars with a base of vanilla cake and raspberry coulis-dipped lady fingers. It’ stopped with a tangy lemon cheesecake layer, followed by a fluffy lemon whipped cream topping. The flavors and some components of this cake are inspired by The Cheesecake Factory’s famous Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake.Begin this cake 2 days ahead of serving, as the lemon cheesecake layer by itself needs to firm overnight. The assembled cheesecake will also benefit from an overnight chill.

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    Prep Time 45 minutes minsCook Time 1 hour hr 25 minutes minsChill overnight twice, 48 hours 2 days dTotal Time 2 days d 2 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American

    Servings 12

    Equipment9×3-inch springform pan
    Ingredients  Raspberry coulis12 oz. frozen raspberries thawed3/4 cup granulated sugarVanilla cake layer1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar1 large egg1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract3 tablespoons vegetable oil2/3 cup all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/8 teaspoon salt1/4 cup whole milkLemon cheesecake16 oz. cream cheese at room temperature1/2 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup heavy cream2 tablespoons lemon juice1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1 tablespoon grated lemon zest1 teaspoon lemon extract5 drops yellow food color optional3 large eggs at room temperatureAssembly and lemon cream topping12 crisp lady fingers1 tablespoon cold water1 teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin1 cup heavy whipping cream1/4 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon lemon extractAdditional toppingsFresh raspberriesLemon slicesLemon zest ribbons
    Instructions Raspberry coulisCombine the berries and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook at 100% power in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well until the sugar is completely melted. You may also do this in a saucepan on the stove top. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. At this stage, give the cooked mixture a taste-test. If it is very tart, add up to 1/4 cup of sugar and cook again. (Berries vary in sweetness.)Place the mixture in the bowl of a food processor or the pitcher of a blender. Puree until smooth. Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl; discard the seeds and solids.Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.Vanilla cake layerPreheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.Beat the sugar, egg, vanilla, and oil in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium-high speed. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat in half of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.Add all of the milk and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour and beat until incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.When the cake is completely cool, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.Lemon CheesecakePreheat the oven to 325°F. Set a 9×13-inch pan filled half full of water on the bottom rack of your oven.Grease and line the same springform pan used for the cake layer; set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the cream, lemon juice, flour, lemon zest, lemon extract, and food color if using. Add the eggs; beat on low speed until well combined.Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place on the middle rack of the oven above the pan of water. Bake for 65 minutes. When the timer sounds, turn the oven off and prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon. Let the cheesecake stand in the oven for an hour. Remove the cheesecake in the pan to a wire rack to cool completely, then cover and refrigerate in the pan overnight.Assembly and lemon cream toppingRemove the springform collar and carefully transfer the cheesecake to a plate; do not remove the parchment paper. Keep refrigerated.Wash and dry the springform pan. Place the vanilla cake layer in the springform pan. Quickly dip each lady finger in the raspberry coulis, and cover the vanilla cake with the cookies (see video for technique). You may have to trim the lady fingers to evenly cover all of the cake. Reserve the leftover coulis in a small pitcher for serving with slices of cheesecake.Carefully transfer the cheesecake layer, upside-down (parchment bottom-up) onto the layer of lady fingers. Press down gently then remove the parchment paper round from the cheesecake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.The next day, with the pan still covered in plastic wrap, gently press the cheesecake down to slightly compress the lady fingers layer (it will have softened) and to make room for the lemon cream topping.For the lemon cream topping, place the cold water in a small microwave-safe condiment cup and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the surface. Let stand until the gelatin is bloomed.Whip the heavy cream in a large bowl of an electric mixer until slightly thickened, and then gradually add in the granulated sugar. When soft peaks form, beat in the lemon extract.Microwave the gelatin for 10 seconds, or until liquid. While beating the cream, pour in the gelatin. Whip until stiff peaks form. Immediately top the cheesecake with the cream. Refrigerate for one hour.Remove the collar from the springform pan and transfer the cake to a cake stand or serving plate. Top with fresh berries, lemon slices, and lemon zest ribbons, if desired.Store the cheesecake covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Serve slices of cheesecake with an additional drizzle of raspberry coulis.
    NotesWhat to expect: This cheesecake has bright, fresh flavors with citrus and raspberries. It has tart-tangy elements that are well balanced with sweet, creamy elements. It is reminiscent of The Cheesecake Factory’s Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake.
    Fresh or frozen: Use fresh or frozen raspberries for the coulis. 
    Spread out the work: As I’ve mentioned in the post, this cheesecake is not difficult to make. But it requires a lot of hands-off time and overnight chilling. Make the cake layer, coulis, and the cheesecake layer on the first day. Then assemble the cake, lady fingers, and cheesecake the second day. On the day of serving, top with the lemon cream and decorate.
    Extra coulis: If you’re serving this cheesecake buffet-style to a crowd, you may want to double the coulis recipe. Having extra will allow guests to have a little drizzle or more to taste.
    Gelatin: You may omit adding the bloomed and melted gelatin to the lemon cream if you prefer. The gelatin stabilizes the whipped cream and makes it more mousse-like. Without the gelatin added, it will just be lemon whipped cream (but still tasty!).

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    The Best Blueberry Recipes

    Make the best of the blueberry season with my favorite Blueberry Recipes. I’m sharing delicious blueberry desserts, baked treats, breakfast ideas, and more. Plus, handy tips for picking and storing fresh blueberries!

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    22 Best Recipes to Make With Blueberries
    The one time of the year I look forward to more than the holiday season? Berry season! Summertime is when many of my favorite ingredients come out to play. After sharing my favorite Strawberry Recipes, I figured it was blueberries’ turn in the spotlight. 
    Ah, fresh blueberries. You can bake them into delicious desserts, turn them into sauces, freeze them for later, or devour them by the handful. There are an infinite number of ways to enjoy seasonal blueberries. I’m here to try them ALL. I’m also sharing all my best tips for choosing and storing blueberries. Let’s get into it!
    Why You’ll Love These Blueberry Recipes

    Variety. I’ve rounded up mouthwatering blueberry desserts, breakfast recipes, and baked treats to try. From cobblers to cakes and crumbles, all you need is a scoop of homemade ice cream.
    Easy to make. Who doesn’t love a delicious dessert recipe that’s also simple to make? These blueberry recipes are approachable and beginner-friendly.
    Fresh or frozen. The blueberry recipes below taste incredible when they’re made with fresh blueberries. However, many turn out perfectly delicious with frozen blueberries, too. Enjoy your favorites all year round!

    When Are Blueberries in Season?
    In the US, blueberry season falls between April and September. The peak months vary by state, but this is when the blueberries that you find in the stores and at your local farmer’s market will be at their best ripeness and juiciness. 
    Tips for Choosing the Best Blueberries
    Same as with picking the best strawberries, there are some tell-tale signs that indicate you’re getting the best blueberries for your buck. Whether you’re picking them right from the plant or selecting blueberries at the store, here are my tips for picking perfect ripe blueberries:

    Look for dry, plump, and smooth berries that are dark blue or purple in color. It’s normal to see blueberries with a silvery film/coating.
    Try to find blueberries that are even in size. 
    Avoid blueberries that are shriveled or wrinkled.
    Avoid reddish-colored berries, as these are underripe and blueberries won’t ripen further once they’re off the bush.

    Blueberry FAQs
    How can I tell if blueberries are sweet? The best way to tell is by their appearance. Sweet, juicy blueberries will be plump, firm, and darker in color. Usually, the darker blue the berry is, the sweeter it is.  Should blueberries be kept in the fridge? Yes, fresh blueberries should be refrigerated. Properly storing your blueberries is key to keeping them fresh, see the section below for storage tips. Can I buy blueberries year-round? I prefer to buy fresh blueberries locally when they’re in season. They always taste the best! That being said, it’s fairly easy to find imported berries year-round in most places. You can also make many of the recipes below with frozen blueberries. How do I know if blueberries have gone bad? Blueberries that have gone off will be soft or mushy to the touch, with signs of discoloration or bruising. Make sure to pick out blueberries that show mold, leaky juices, or signs of decay so that they don’t spoil the rest of the pack.
    How to Store Fresh Blueberries
    Leave fresh blueberries unwashed for storage. Washing them breaks their natural protective barrier and leads to moisture, which can cause the berries to spoil faster. Store your clamshell of blueberries in the fridge as soon as you’re back from the store, and don’t leave them at room temperature for too long.
    Store hand-picked blueberries in a single layer, in a shallow container lined with paper towels. I recommend using additional paper towels in between layers if needed. Cover the container loosely and refrigerate the blueberries for up to 1-2 weeks.
    Freezing Blueberries
    Freezing is a great way to ensure that you have real, fresh blueberries on hand all year round. Spread out your blueberries on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover them with foil, and pre-freeze them prior to storing. 
    Once the berries are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They will keep fresh for up to 6-8 months in the freezer. Thaw blueberries overnight in the fridge before using them.
    My Best Blueberry Recipes
    These recipes really blue me away the first time I made them. I’m all about revisiting these bright and zesty blueberry recipes every summer when blueberries come into season. I can’t wait for you to try them, let me know your favorites!
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    Blueberry Banana Bread
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    Blueberry Cream Cheese Biscuits
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    Blueberry Cobbler Bread
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    The Best Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

    Embrace the flavors of the season with the Best Pumpkin Recipes for Fall! I’m sharing some of my favorite pumpkin treats, from pumpkin cakes and cookies to pumpkin bread, and more. All easy to make and brimming with the festive flavors of warm, savory-spiced pumpkin!

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    Bring On The Fall Vibes with These Cozy Pumpkin Recipes

    Who else has waited all year for pumpkin season? Because, same. For pumpkin lovers like yours truly, I consider fall our Superbowl.  
    With the most pumpkin-full time of the year rolling around soon enough, today I’m sharing my favorite treats featuring the fall season’s star ingredient.
    I’m dishing some of my all-time best pumpkin recipes. From cozy pumpkin cookies to pumpkin loaves, muffins, and even a pumpkin cake or two for good measure. Get ready for your kitchen to smell like a sweet and toasty pumpkin spice dream!
    What Makes These Recipes the Best?
    Everyone loves a good pumpkin recipe, but what makes these ones better than good? These pumpkin baking ideas are:
    Easy. As always, it’s my mission to share the best baking recipes that any home baker can whip up when a craving hits! These pumpkin recipes are easy AND delicious.Full of pumpkin flavor. Warm and cozy, sweet and spicy – my pumpkin recipes don’t fall short on all the classic flavors we know and love. Perfect for the season. Fall means the festive season is just around the corner! I’m sharing goodies that are great for everyday baking, but also just as perfect for sharing with friends and family come the holidays. 
    Tips for Cooking with Pumpkin
    Some added guidance when turning pumpkin into the best fall treats:
    You Can Use Canned or Homemade – Sort Of. Most pumpkin recipes will turn out just as great with fresh pumpkin puree made from scratch as they would with canned pumpkin. However, the flavor and texture of fresh pumpkin can vary, so that’s something to keep in mind when baking. Pumpkin pies, for example, usually come out the best when made with trusty, canned pumpkin.Speaking of Canned Pumpkin… Pumpkin puree in a can isn’t the same as canned pumpkin pie filling. If your recipe calls for canned pumpkin, make sure you’re using the right ingredient!Swapping Pumpkin for Eggs, Oil, or Butter: You can swap 1/4 cup pumpkin puree for one egg in most baking recipes. You can also substitute pumpkin puree tablespoon for tablespoon in place of oil/butter.Bake Thoroughly. Because pumpkin is so moist, it’s important to keep an eye on the baked goods while they’re in the oven, and after they come out. Make sure the centers aren’t still raw/gummy after baking.Pumpkin Puree Substitutes: Run out of pumpkin puree? Or maybe you forgot to add it to your shopping list, or you’re just after something different. Good alternatives to pumpkin are mashed/pureed sweet potatoes, canned yams, or butternut squash. These can be substituted 1:1 for pumpkin puree in most recipes!
    14 Recipes You Have to Try
    Have your pumpkin puree at the ready for these festive recipes that are perfect for fall baking!
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    Pumpkin Cookies
    Let’s start with a true classic: rich and tender, delicious and spiced pumpkin cookies. I’ve frosted these with a decadent melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar icing. A bite out of one of these is the definition of bliss!

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
    A soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie with a fun fall twist. These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are loaded with rich pumpkin spice flavor, made extra moist and tender thanks to real pumpkin puree.

    Perfect Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting
    Light and fluffy pumpkin cake is layered with the flavors of fall in this easy pumpkin dessert. Filled with buttery frosting enriched with browned butter plus a touch of pure maple syrup.

    Pumpkin Apple Muffins
    Two autumn favorites come together in these easy pumpkin apple muffins! Soft and pillowy pumpkin muffins are filled with sweet apple chunks and cinnamon spice. This recipe instantly puts everyone in a fall mood!

    Salted Honey Chewy Pumpkin Cookies
    These chewy pumpkin cookies are just the best, with all their buttery, spicy deliciousness and whatnot. Just TRY to resist having a second or third. Perfect for a Thanksgiving or Halloween cookie platter!

    Pumpkin Dump Cake
    This pumpkin dump cake might just be one of my all-time favorite fall desserts. I always come back to this moist cake recipe that’s choc full of real pumpkin flavor, prepared with a boxed yellow cake mix and a crunchy, nutty graham cracker topping.

    The Best Easy Pumpkin Bread
    The perfect quick bread loaf to bake this fall! You’re going to love this classic pumpkin bread recipe as much as I do, I just know it. I can’t think of many people who can resist a soft and tender slice of this pumpkin-spiced loaf.

    Easy Pumpkin Blondies
    Serve these easy pumpkin blondies at all your fall gatherings and watch them vanish from the plate! This blondies recipe is packed with pumpkin flavor (not to mention, melty white chocolate chips!) and is super simple to make.

    Pumpkin Scones
    These flaky and moist pumpkin scones are exactly what I’ll be having with my morning coffee all season long. Drizzled with brown sugar icing and so buttery!

    Easy Pumpkin Roll
    Roll up all the scrumptious flavors of pumpkin and spice into an impressive yet easy dessert. This pumpkin roll is creamy, it’s tender, and just an all-around winner.

    Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake
    This breakfast dessert starts with a store-bought cake mix and ends with the most incredible pumpkin cinnamon roll cake. This easy cake recipe is a go-to treat for fall mornings, made from moist cake swirled with cinnamon and drizzled with glaze.

    Pumpkin Molasses Cookies
    If there was ever a recipe to make you feel like a frolic through your local pumpkin patch, this is it! These pumpkin molasses cookies are so soft, sweet, and tender, and taste just like they came from a bakery.

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
    Creamy cheesecake with tons of pumpkin flair! My pumpkin cheesecake recipe is the best for fall entertaining as it never fails to wow. The texture is divine and the flavors are a pumpkin lover’s dream come true.

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)
    If you love those soft pumpkin cream cheese muffins from Starbucks, wait until you’ve tried this homemade version. This copycat recipe inspired by the classic coffee shop treat tastes a million times better when it’s fresh from the oven!

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    Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

    Strawberry puree gives this no-bake cheesecake its pink blush and ripe berry flavor. Fresh whole strawberries cover the top and a thick drizzle of chocolate makes this dessert worthy of its name. 

    I’ve gotten out of my morning smoothie habit, which has temporarily been replaced by the Baked Oatmeal I’m currently obsessed with. I can’t explain it, but those oats are helping me live my best life right now. So, the big bag of frozen strawberries I use for smoothies has been hanging out in my freezer with no purpose, other than getting in my way when I’m looking for something else.

    Then I remembered that there’s a romantic holiday coming up, and a strawberry dessert would be timely right now for those planning ahead. I decided to thaw and puree those berries for a special Valentine’s Day dessert (although you don’t need to a special occasion to make it!).

    Chocolate cookie crumbs mixed with melted butter forms the foundation on which the cheesecake is built. Press the mixture into a springform pan and 1-inch up the side, but don’t worry about getting it perfect. An irregular crust edge gives this cake rustic appeal and will save some prep time. The crust is the only portion of this recipe that is baked, and that’s just for 10 minutes to set it.

    The billowy filling consists of a holy trinity of creamy ingredients: cream cheese, sour cream, and whipped cream. Strawberry puree gives all of this cream bright berry flavor and a light pink hue.

    The cheesecake refrigerated overnight while I considered an appropriate topping. Since chocolate-covered strawberries are practically the Valentine’s Day mascot (sorry Cupid!) I had my answer and added fresh strawberries to my grocery list.

    The capped berries placed with their points skyward almost look like a strawberry mountain range from the right angle. Much like a French fruit tart, I brushed them with strawberry preserve which gave the berries some extra sweetness and shine.

    Chocolate is generously drizzled on top of the berries. Of course this is heavenly on the fresh strawberries, but it also ties well with  the crumbly cookie crust. 

    Chocolate-covered strawberry goodness, right here!

    I could not resist a dusting of powdered sugar on top. It’s totally unnecessary, but I love the snowy appearance.

    Light and fluffy, this cheesecake is the polar opposite of dense New York cheesecake. It’s almost mousse-like and when you plate a slice it has a slight wobble, almost like panna cotta. 

    It’s wonderfully soft and the sour cream gives it tangy flavor. It would be a special dessert for Valentine’s Day, but the flavors of chocolate and strawberry together are evergreen. This cake should be enjoyed year-round! 

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    Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake (No-Bake)
    Yields 8-10 servings1 1/4 cups (150g) chocolate cookie crumbs
    1/4 cup (57g) unsalted butter, melted
    16 oz. frozen strawberries, thawed
    16 oz. (2 packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 cup (230g/8 oz.) sour cream
    1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
    2 envelopes (.25 oz. each) powdered unflavored gelatin
    1/2 cup cold water
    1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
    24 fresh strawberries
    1/3 cup (113g) strawberry preserves
    4 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon vegetable oilPreheat oven to 350F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.Combine the chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a medium bowl. Mix well to coat the crumbs with the butter. Pour into the springform pan and press into the bottom and 1/2” to 1” up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes to set the crust. Cool completely on a wire rack.Puree the thawed strawberries in a food processor, blender, or with an immersion blender until no lumps of fruit remain. Set aside.In the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and sugar. Beat well until creamy and consistent with no lumps. Pour in the strawberry puree and mix again. Let the mixer run on low speed while you prepare the gelatin mixture.In a small saucepan sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the cold water. Let stand until well absorbed, about 2 minutes. Place over medium-low heat and cook just until the gelatin liquifies. With the mixer still running, pour the gelatin in a thin stream into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the whipped cream (this step may take some time, and if lumps remain, disperse them by lightly whipping the mixture with a whisk). Pour the batter into the crust and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours or overnight. To unmold, lightly run a knife’s point around the top edge of the cheesecake; loosen the springform collar and allow the cake to naturally pull away from the collar as you slowly loosen it from all sides of the cake.Wash, dry, and cap the fresh strawberries. Place the berries on top of the set cheese cake cut-side down. Place the preserves in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave at 100% power until melted, about 30 seconds. Let cool slightly. The preserve should be runny and liquid. Brush the berries with the preserves using a pastry brush and pour any remaining preserve liquid over the center of the cake.Place the chopped chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 100% power in 30 second intervals until the chocolate can be stirred smooth. Immediately add the vegetable oil (you can use any neutral-tasting oil) to the chocolate and mix until well combined. Transfer the melted mixture to a piping bag with the end snipped, or a zip-top bag with a corner snipped. Drizzle the chocolate in thick ribbons over the strawberries, allowing it to fall over the peaks and crevices of the fresh berry topping.Refrigerate until ready to serve. To slice, use a very sharp chef’s knife to cut through the berries and chocolate on top. Store leftovers covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator.
    link Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake By Heather Baird Published: Thursday, January 28, 2021Thursday, January 28, 2021Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe LEGGI TUTTO

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    Winter Key Lime Cheesecake

    If you’re missing warm weather during cold months, this cheesecake will transport you to a holiday at the beach! Key lime cheesecake is tangy and rich with a topping of pomegranate syrup and ruby red pomegranate arils.

    Who says key lime is just for summer months? Not me! And especially not when it is enhanced by one of winter’s best offerings. I’m talking about tart and tangy, antioxidant-rich pomegranate. In this recipe, pomegranate juice is reduced to a syrup over the stove top, and served alongside slices of cheesecake topped with freshly whipped cream and jewel-like pomegranate arils.

    This is the unfussy sort of cheesecake that doesn’t require a water bath, and you may get a little crack in the top near the end of baking, but no stress! No one will know because it’s going to be covered a mound of billowy whipped cream. 

    POM Wonderful was so generous to send us some of the most beautiful pomegranate arils for our holiday baking. I love that you can see exactly what you’re getting with this product through the packaging which is deep red, vibrant fruit. I also love the adorable moniker ‘Pom Poms’ for pomegranate seeds. I almost want to do a little cheer (ha!).

    The batter for this cheesecake may seem a little thin going into the pan, but that makes for a dense, decadent cheesecake. Use a knife warmed in hot water to slice this cake. It will cut cleanly so you can see all those beautiful flecks of lime zest floating throughout the cake. 

    The pomegranate syrup is so nice with the tropical flavor of key lime, and I found myself piling on arils by the heaping spoonsful! 

    This cheesecake tastes like a sunny vacation! If you’re a key lime lover, then it’s an absolute must, and the pomegranate is a lovely accompaniment. Plus, its virtues of Vitamin C and antioxidants will fortify you during winter. 

    Winter Key Lime Cheesecake[Click for Printable Version]
    Yields about 8 servingsCrust
    1/2 cup (4 oz.) melted butter
    2 cups (198g) graham cracker crumbs
    1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugarCheesecake
    24 oz. (3 packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 1/4 cups (212g) granulated sugar
    3 large eggs
    8 oz. (1 container) sour cream
    2 teaspoons lime zest
    1/2 cup key lime juice (or regular lime juice)Pomegranate syrup
    1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
    3 cups (720 ml) pomegranate juice
    3/4 cup (180ml) heavy whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks
    1/2 cup (2 oz.) pomegranate arils, such as POM Wonderful Pom Poms 
    Lime zest for garnish, optionalPreheat the oven to 350°F.For the crust, stir together the butter, crumbs, and sugar. Pour into a greased 9-inch springform pan and press the mixture into the pan and 2-inches up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes and cool completely on a wire rack.Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.For the filling, beat the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Stir in the sour cream, lime zest and juice. Pour into the baked and cooled crust.Bake for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Turn the oven off and prop the door of the oven open. Allow the cheesecake to set inside the oven with the door open for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife between the crust and the pan. Cool completely in the pan and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill 8 hours or overnight.For the pomegranate syrup, combine the pomegranate juice and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and cook until syrupy and reduced to 1 cup, about 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature then transfer to a syrup pitcherTop the cheesecake with the whipped cream and pomegranate arils. Scatter on the lime zest, if using. Serve slices topped with pomegranate syrup.

    Please note, this is not a sponsored post. The POM Wonderful Pom Poms were offered to us by the company, and since we already loved them they were a natural fit for this awesome cheesecake.

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    link Winter Key Lime Cheesecake By Heather Baird Published: Friday, December 04, 2020Friday, December 04, 2020Winter Key Lime Cheesecake Recipe LEGGI TUTTO

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    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    1 Make graham cracker pecan crust: Pulse pecans, flour, brown sugar, and graham cracker crumbs in a food processor. Add butter and egg yolk. Pulse until mixture is homogenous.
    Press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan and bake for 10 minutes at 375°F. Remove from oven and let cool.

    2 Press the pumpkin purée. Take the pumpkin purée and place it on several layers of paper towels. Cover with several layers of paper towels and use your hands to gently squeeze out liquid from the purée.
    Note that you will probably go through a lot of paper towels (can use tea towels too).

    3 Measure the pumpkin puree: Two 15-ounce cans of puréed pumpkin should yield a little more than 2 cups of purée with the excess moisture removed. Measure out 2 cups of purée; you want exactly 2 cups.
    4 Make the pumpkin base: Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, grated nutmeg, and allspice in a medium bowl. With a wooden spoon (no need for a mixer for this step), mix in the salt, 2 cups of pressed pumpkin purée, vanilla, and bourbon. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
    5 Make the cheesecake filling: In a large bowl (it helps to use a mixer for this step), beat the cream cheese and the brown sugar until fully creamed and smooth (no lumps). Gradually add the pumpkin mixture until fully incorporated.
    Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
    6 Line pan with 3 layers of thick foil: Place the springform pan with the crust in the middle of three layers of large sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil (to help prevent water-bath moisture from leaking into the pan). Fold the aluminum foil up the sides of the pan and trim. (You can also use a turkey roasting bag instead of the foil to keep the water out.)

    6 Pour filling into pan: Place the aluminum wrapped pan in a large roasting pan (large enough so that there is room on all sides). Pour the pumpkin cream cheese mixture into the springform pan.

    7 Add water to the roasting pan: Place the roasting pan containing the springform pan in a 325°F oven on the middle rack. Pour boiling water into the pan so that it comes halfway up the side of the springform pan.

    8 Bake and cool: Bake the cheesecake for 1 1/2 hours at 325°F. Turn off the oven heat and prop the oven door open. Let the cheesecake sit in the oven, cooling for another hour.
    Then remove from oven and let come to room temperature. Once it has cooled down, chill for several hours in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.
    9 When ready to serve, gently remove the cake from the springform pan: To do this well, I recommend a tip by Dorie Greenspan in her book Baking: From My Home to Yours. To help ensure that the cake doesn’t stick to the springform side as you unlock it, first run a blunt knife around the cake and then warm the sides of the pan with a hair dryer. Then carefully unlock the springform and lift off the sides.
    Serve cheesecake with caramel sauce, candied pecans, and whipped cream. LEGGI TUTTO