White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberries

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberries
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberries

This particular cheesecake will be enjoyed at a class lunch to mark the end of the term...wish it was to mark the end of exams! This is a very delicious cheesecake and the delicate flavor of the white chocolate plays very well with the fresh raspberries. Totally uncomplicated but totally delicious, this one is in my personal top 5  favorite cheesecake flavors. It would make an amazing dessert for your holiday feast too; I've already decided that it will be served at mine.

A word about baking a cheesecake in a ban marie before starting the recipe. A bain marie is simply a water bath that buffers the direct heat from the sides and bottom of the baking pan to more evenly bake the cheesecake from the sides to the center.

I bake my cheesecakes in a 9 or 10 inch springform pan that has the bottom and sides wrapped in multiple layers of wide heavy duty aluminum foil which forms a sort of boat that the cheesecake pan sits in. The roll of aluminum foil that I use is about 16 inches wide. I use at least 4 layers of foil to make sure that no water leaks in and ruins the crust of my cheesecake. The aluminum foil wrapped pan is then placed inside a larger baking pan; I use a 12 inch cake pan. Boiling water is then poured into the larger pan filling it from 1/2 to 2/3 of the way to the top.

I find it best to pour the boiling water into the pan after it is placed on the rack in the oven as you are less likely to splash water onto the cheesecake or inside the aluminum foil. I reuse the aluminum foil for several future cheesecakes, adding a couple of layers to it each time just to be safe..

In a small bowl, combine:

  • 1 1/3 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter

Press into the bottom of a lightly greased springform pan. (Grease bottom only!)

Over low heat in a small saucepan, heat to scalding

  • 1/3 cup whipping cream

Stir in until completely melted:
  • 1 cup good quality white chocolate chips

Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the rest of the cheesecake batter.

Cream together:
  • 3 eight ounce packages ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Add, one at a time
  • 3 eggs
beating well after each addition. Add

3 tsp vanilla extract
melted white chocolate

Finally blend in

1 cup whipping cream

Pour over the prepared base and bake in a bain marie at 325 degrees F for 50 minutes to an hour. The cheesecake should just be beginning to lightly brown at the edges and the surface of the cheesecake should lose any shine when the cake is properly baked. It can still be slightly wobbly just at the center at this point.

Remove the cake from the oven and run a sharp knife completely around the edge of the pan. This will allow for the cheesecake to shrink as it cools and hopefully not crack (but who cares if it does? I am never bothered by a crack or two in the surface) Allow the cheesecake to cool thoroughly on a wire rack at room temperature. (NOT in the fridge).

When completely cool cover the top with fresh raspberries and garnish with melted white chocolate if desired.
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December 8, 2009 at 2:30 PM

wow che capolavoro!! complimenti!

December 8, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Federica di ringraziamento. Godo di sempre di leggere le vostre osservazioni. Voglio ora imparare l'italiano! Di ringraziamento per la lettura del mio blog. Spero che questa traduzione sia buona.

Barry.

Anonymous
January 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Hello, I was wondering about the crust for this cheesecake. I always bake the crust a bit before adding the filling. It usually gets soggy if you don't. Do you pre-bake this crust at all before filling? Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I am making it tonight for a party tomorrow. Melissa

January 16, 2010 at 7:33 AM

You can prebake the crust for 10 minutes beforehand if you like. I do sometimes do this but haven't found a soggy crust to be a problem with this recipe. Good luck with your cheesecake; it is a great one.

Anonymous
August 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Hi Barry,
I have made your bakeapple cheesecake and it was awesome!! I have company coming and I wanted to try this white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. The last step you said blend in 1 cup of whipping cream. Do you whip the whipping cream first or pour it in right from the carton? Thanks:)Leslie

Anonymous
July 3, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Hi Barry;
I have made a variety of cheesecakes, including this one several times. It always turns out well & receives RAVE reviews....love...love....LOVE this recipe-thank-you!

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