Yankee Doodle Cheesecake

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Back from a wonderful 4th of July celebration.

Spending time with family and friends at the coast…how could it possibly get better?  I’ll tell you how…with a gift of beautiful FARM FRESH cherries and apricots from Fairhaven Orchards in Hollister, CA.

We were so excited to make desserts with these wonderful ingredients…apricot pie and a cherry topped goat cheese cheesecake.

I have to admit, I’m not a cheesecake lover but this was DIVINE!  We found the recipe from the June “O” Magazine.  I just had to share it with you all.  It is a SOLID cheesecake recipe, not too sweet, just right!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Serves 8 or 9

Crust:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Topping:

  • 4 cups fresh Bing cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved (preferably Rainier or Royal Ann)

Crust: Preheat oven to 325°. Melt butter; then mix it with graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Press crust into the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Filling: Combine cream cheese, goat cheese, and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Blend on low speed until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl; add flour. Mix until flour is thoroughly incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down sides of bowl between additions. Add lemon juice; mix until batter is smooth and juice is incorporated.

Remove crust from oven and pour in filling. Smooth top with a small knife or spatula. Bake cake until edges are slightly cracked and center is jiggly, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven; set pan on a wire rack until it cools to room temperature, then remove sides of pan. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve.

Topping: Place cherries, sugar, spices, salt, and orange zest in a medium pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until juice from cherries releases and comes to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until juice thickens, about 20 minutes. (It should be similar in texture to maple syrup.) Remove from heat; set aside to cool. When completely cool (after 20 minutes), fold in remaining cherries. Chill until ready to serve.

Put cake on a platter. Cover entirely with cherry topping just before serving.

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