August 1 - National Raspberry Cream Pie day

Posted on 07/31/2012 by kamaliitaru
It's time to eat dessert first! Let's start off with a variation of Raspberry cheesecake - it sort of counts, right? Raspberries, and cream...well cream cheese? This is a fantastic dessert, and went quickly at my house. Enjoy, and eat dessert first!

For a printable pdf of my recipe, check out my blog, and enjoy the first of the National Eat Dessert First Month!

Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecake
Makes one 8” cheesecake
For the Raspberry Sauce:
2 pints fresh raspberries, cleaned
½ cup raspberry lemonade concentrate
½ cup sugar
2 T. butter
For the crust:
1 ½ cups vanilla wafer crumbs
3 T. sugar
6 T. butter (3 ounces)
For the cheesecake:
24 oz. cream cheese, softened (3 8 oz packages)
½ c. raspberry lemonade concentrate
3 T. corn starch
1 cup raspberry sauce (made from above)
1 1/3 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 ½ t. salt
2 t. vanilla extract or frambois
1 t. lemon zest
Make the raspberry sauce: Place ½ of the raspberries, sugar, and the juice concentrate in a medium sauce pan. Heat on medium/medium high until thick and bubbly. This may take a while, but it does need to be stirred frequently to prevent burning. Adjust for sweetness by adding additional sugar if needed (the recipe comes out a bit tart, but I preferred that to cut the richness of the cheesecake). Remove from heat, and add butter and remaining raspberries. Let cool
Preheat oven to 350. Make the crust: Combine all ingredients and mix until mixture resembles wet sand. Pat into cheesecake pan, gently patting up the edges of the springform pan. Set aside.
Prepare the cheesecake filling: In a large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese with a mixer 2-3 minutes, until a bit lighter. Add sugar, and whip an additional 2-3 minutes, scraping bottom of bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, until completely incorporated. Add cornstarch, salt, zest, and extract, until mixed into batter. Pour over prepared crust.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour – I like to put a cookie sheet under the pan, because sometimes the pans do leak - until middle of cheesecake only gently wiggles when pan is moved. Turn oven off, and leave cheesecake in oven for an additional 1-2 hours.
Store in refrigerator, allowing to set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with remaining raspberry sauce.

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kamaliitaru 1st-Aug-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I think that would work very well. Only reason I didn't use strawberries is I had the raspberries already.
kelliem 1st-Aug-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
This sounds amazing!
bubblebubba 2nd-Aug-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for kicking off August with this fantastic photo-recipe combo! I almost missed it because I just didn't have my head screwed on properly when I was looking at the community page this morning, but I've uploaded and credited your work if you'd like to take a look at the featurette. If you'd like to add a 1-2 sentence blurb about yourself and/or your kitchen experience, feel free to send that my way. Thanks again for an awesome start!
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