This is a cheesecake that I have been wanted to try for a long time. The only difficult thing about this cheesecake in my opinion is sieving the raspberry puree to remove the seeds. I baked individual small portions in cupcake liners for a church picnic and had some leftover cheesecake batter and puree so I baked two mini cheesecakes in mini tins. I am sure you can bake a full-sized cheesecake using this recipe as well. The cheesecake was simple and yummy. I would probably try and see if I can use other berries in the future. My comments are in red.
Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
(taken from Annie’s Eats; click here for recipe)
Makes about 32 cupcakes (I only managed to make about 24 cupcakes with the amount of cracker crust I had. I did however have a lot of leftover cheesecake batter/filling)
For the crust:
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tbsp. sugar
For the raspberry swirl:
- 6 oz. fresh raspberries
- 2 tbsp. sugar
For the filling:
- 2 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1½ cups sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 325˚ F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Stir together with a fork until well blended and all the dry ingredients are moistened. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. I used the bottom of a bottle to help me press the mixture evenly at the bottom of the liner. Bake until just set, 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
- To make the raspberry puree, combine the raspberries and sugar in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth, then pour through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.
- To make the cheesecake, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Blend in the sugar until smooth. Mix in the salt and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- To assemble, spoon 3 tablespoons of the cheesecake batter over the crust in each cupcake liner. Dot a ½ teaspoon of the raspberry puree in a few dots over the cheesecake filling. Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to lightly swirl and create a marbled effect.
- Bake until the filling is set, about 22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. (They will look quite puffed initially but will return to normal quickly.) Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
If baking a normal-sized cheesecake, press crumbs down in 9-inch springform pan and bake for about 10 minutes. Cool crust and fill with filling. Dot the top with the puree and swirl with a toothpick. Bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until set. Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.