Cranberry Orange Cheesecake
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
This recipe is to die for. I do a lot of baking and it gets expensive. I found a substitute for mascarpone cheese on the internet. (One 8 ounce package of cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of softened butter.) Mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream and butter until well blended. Double for this particular recipe. Use in place of mascarpone in any recipe. I also used chocolate graham crackers to make chocolate crumbs. Instead of the chocolate topping, I used the whole cranberry sauce, dried cranberry, and a little oJ in a food processor to blend. Then cooked it in a small sauce pan with a little water and cornstarch to thicken it and make a slurry to spread on top.IThis recipe is absolutely delicious. The tangy cranberry and sweet cream cheese are a great combination. Try this recipe. You won't be disappointed. Next time I make this, I'll use the chocolate topping to see which is best.
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Disaster. I cooked this an extra half hour and it still wouldn't set. The edges were dark an the inside was liquid. Ended up tossing the whole thing.
This was a huge hit when I took it to a friend's last night. I'll be making this againn, for sure. I found it needed about an extra 15 - 20 minutes cooking time, but well worth it. Not a crack in sight as it cooled.
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This was my first attempt at baking a cheesecake that didn't start out it's life in a box and it came out fantastic! I am now the hero of my Bible Study!! The only thing I changed was that I also baked it an extra 10min or so. Also, on the advice of a friend, I let it cool in the oven (off) with the door open a bit for about an hour, then moved it to my cooling rack for a few hours. Once it was fully cooled, I moved it to the fridge. No cracks. Oh, and by the way...it tasted like heaven on a plate!
One of the very best cheesecakes I have ever tasted. The only thing I did different was that I baked it about 15 minutes longer and next time i would add another 5 min. so the center will set more. I took it to a luncheon and offered to have each person take a piece home if they wanted. Not one slice was left. I will make at two more before the Holidays are over.