Raspberry Swirl White Chocolate Cheesecake
Cheesecake Savory or Sweet
Though a cheesecake can be savory and served with crackers as an appetizer, most of us think of the term as describing a luscious, rich dessert. The texture of cheesecake can vary greatly, from light and airy to dense and rich to smooth and creamy. All cheesecakes begin with cheese. Usually cream cheese, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese or sometimes Swiss or cheddar cheese. Cheesecakes may or may not have a crust, which can be a light dusting of breadcrumbs, a cookie crust or a pasty crust. The filling is made by creaming the cheese and mixing it with eggs, sugar and other flavorings.
The mixture is then poured into a special springform pan and baked. After baking, the cheesecake is thoroughly chilled and generously topped with sour cream, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate or nuts. Springform pans have a latch on the side of the pan and a removable bottom that makes it easy to ‘release’ the cheesecake from the pan, which makes serving cheesecake easier. Springform pans are also deep and rather wide, allowing for enough room for all of the tasty cheese filling.
White chocolate chips are combined with cream cheese to make an incredible tasting cheesecake. Topped with black raspberry jam that is swirled into the filling before baking adds that special touch.
- 2 cups graham crackers, crushed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3 8 oz each packages cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 12 oz pacakge white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup seedless black raspberry jam or jam of your choice
Place springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Securely wrap foil around pan. In small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan, set aside.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, flour and vanilla extract. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in lemon zest and chips. Pour over crust.
In microwave, melt black raspberry jam or jam of choice, stir until smooth. Drop by teaspoonfuls over batter; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
Place pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 inch of hot water to larger pan
Bake at 325º for 70 to 75 minutes or until center is just set. Remove from oven and remove tin foil from around pan. Cool pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove sides of pan. Serve with your favorite whipped topping.