Sunday, February 15, 2015

Peachy Valentine Cheesecake

Here we are, the day after Valentine's Day. If you still feel like celebrating, why not try a heart shaped cheesecake? Luckily, cream cheese and sour cream were on sale this past week and I smartly picked some up - just in case! My husband saw what I had bought and lovingly made this cake for me. He's great. It was wonderful. He based it off of a recipe from the Cookbook "125 Best Cheesecake Recipes" by George Geary. He tweaked "Blue Ribbon Cheesecake" to fit a heart shaped 8" pan.

Here's what you need to enjoy your own

Peachy Valentine Cheesecake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8" heart shaped pan with tinfoil, bringing the foil up and over the sides of the pan so it can be lifted out when it is cooled.

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 packages (8 oz/250g) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups peach slices, either fresh or drained canned slices

1. CRUST: in a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of cheesecake pan and freeze.
2. FILLING: In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour over frozen crust. Bake in preheated oven 35-40 minutes or until the top is light brown and the center has a slight jiggle to it. Cool on the counter for 10 minutes (do not turn off the oven.) The cake will sink slightly.
3. TOPPING: In a small bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into center of cooled cake and spread out to edges. Bake for 5 minutes more. Cool on a rack for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before decorating. 
4. DECORATION: When completely chilled, lift from the pan using the tinfoil and peel away the tinfoil. Transfer to a serving plate. Top with peach slices. (You could also use blueberries or strawberries.)

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