Sunday, July 13, 2008

Berries and Cream Cheesecake

From Every Day with Rachael Ray August 2008

2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Grated peel of 1 lemon, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 C blueberry preserves
3/4 C blueberries, plus more for garnish
3/4 C chopped strawberries, plus sliced strawberries for garnish
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 C confectioners' sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 C heavy cream, chilled
2 12oz pound cakes, sliced crosswise 1/3" thick

In a small saucepan, bring 1/3 cup water, the granulated sugar and the lemon peel to a boil, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
In a medium saucepan, combine 1/4 cup water, the preserves and the berries and cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cream cheese mixture.
Line the bottom of a 9" springform pan with a layer of the poundcake slices, cutting to fit as needed. Brush with the lemon syrup and spread half the berry sauce on top. Spoon half the cream cheese mixture over the berries. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients.
Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight. Release from the springform pan and top with more berries before serving.

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