Raspberry Cheesecake with Grand Marnier Recipe

Raspberry Cheesecake with Grand Marnier

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Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Servings:12

Description:
A clear raspberry glaze makes a pretty base for fresh raspberries lightly dusted with powdered sugar. To minimize cracking on top of a cheesecake, beat on low to medium speed and do not overbeat once the eggs are mixed in. And don't jar the cake while baking or cooling!

Ingredients

Raspberry Sauce

  • 2 packages (6 ounces or 1 1/3 cup each) Driscoll's Raspberries
  • 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Chocolate Graham Crust

  • 10 whole chocolate graham crackers, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cups pecans, toasted
  • 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

Cheesecake

  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cups Grand Marnier or orange flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Raspberry Cheesecake Topping

  • 2 packages (6 ounces or 1 1/3 cup each) Driscoll's Raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Raspberry Sauce

  1. Puree raspberries in a blender or food processor until smooth. Press through a mesh sieve to remove seeds. Pour puree into a measuring cup and add enough water to make 1 cup, if necessary. Whisk raspberry puree, sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan until blended. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.

Chocolate Graham Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pulse graham crackers, pecans and sugar in a blender or food processor to make fine crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons raspberry sauce and melted butter; pulse or stir until combined. Press mixture onto bottom of 9 x 3-inch springform pan with removable bottom. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely. Reduce oven to 325°F.

Cheesecake

  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in Grand Marnier and vanilla; pour into prepared crust.

    Set the springform pan on a piece of wide heavy-duty aluminum foil. Fold the foil carefully up the sides of the pan without tearing it. Set the pan in a large baking dish or roasting pan and place on oven rack. Pour in enough boiling water to reach halfway up sides of the springform pan.

    Bake 1 hour at 325°F. Turn off oven and prop the door ajar with the handle of a wooden spoon. Let cool in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool completely. Remove from springform pan.

    Heat remaining raspberry sauce in a microwave-safe bowl on high (100 percent) power 30 seconds, or just until warm. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake; refrigerate 1 hour.

Raspberry Cheesecake Topping

  1. Top cheesecake with remaining raspberries and dust with confectioners' sugar.

    Lighten Up Tip
    To reduce fat, substitute reduced-fat sour cream, egg substitute for large eggs and 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese for 2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese.

Serving Size:

Calories:556
Total Fat:38.74g
Saturated Fat:19.84g
Cholesterol:171.36mg
Sodium:348mg
Total Carbohydrates:44.38g
Dietary Fiber:4.76g
Protein:8.55g

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