Guest Post by Paula – Cranberry Cheesecake

This is our fourth and final Cranberry Recipe!  The month of November has gone by fast, but we are going out with a bang!  A perfect Holiday recipe…Cranberry Cheesecake!

I’m not sure where my mom got this recipe.  I believe she tore it out of a magazine, but I do remember the first Christmas she made it…YUM!
Cranberry Cheesecake is a perfect combination. Yes, I love chocolate cheesecake and cherry cheesecake, but nothing cuts through that baked cheesecake richness better then the tartness of a bite of cranberry. 


Cranberry Cheesecake


Ingredients:
1 Cup graham crumbs
1/4 Cup melted butter
3 – 250 g pkgs of cream cheese (softened)
3/4 Cup sugar
2 Tbsp flour
4 eggs
3/4 Cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract (due to nut allergies in the family I just add more vanilla)
1 Cup chopped cranberries (fresh or frozen)
Crust:
Combine crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9 inch springform pan.
Bake at 325 F for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and set to cool.
Increase oven temperature to 400 F.
Cheesecake:
Combine cream cheese, sugar and four, mixing at medium speed until well blended.
Blend in eggs one at a time; then add sour cream and flavorings.
Stir in cranberries and pour over crust.
Bake at 400 F for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 325 F and continue to bake for 1 hour
Remove cake from oven, run knife around edge of cake, allow to cool in pan.
Cranberry Glaze:
Combine 1 Cup cranberry juice and 1 Tbsp of corn starch in saucepan,  Cook until thickened.  Spoon a thin layer over top of cake that has cooled down for about 20 min; let sauce stand for 10 minutes then spoon remaining sauce over top( I find I don’t use all of this sauce)
Refrigerate several hours before serving.


Oh, and yes, I know there are fancy ways to bake a cheesecake so that it does not crack, but hey, I’m a country gal and the cracks don’t bother me one little bit :o)

November 25, 2011 - 1:50 am

KB and Whitesnake - This looks sooooo good.

November 25, 2011 - 2:44 am

Pamela Gordon - And I see it comes with no calories! Looks delicious though. :)

November 25, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Gwyneth - Delicious looking! I am sold and gonna make it!!! ahaha

November 27, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm - GORGOEUS — I bake some that crack and some that don’t — seems that if it calls for some sort of topping – it’s a cracker, lol. I’m pinning this so I remember to give it a try :)

Blessings!
Gail

December 2, 2011 - 2:22 am

Ivy and Elephants - OMG…The best of both worlds. I love cranberry and I love cheesecake. I can’t wait to try this amazing recipe over the holidays. I hope you can share this delicious recipe with us on our newly launched linky party. Hope you can join us.

Paula

December 4, 2011 - 4:55 am

Sherry - Yum! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

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