Raspberry Cheesecake features a shortbread cookie crumb crust and is so creamy!
This Raspberry Cheesecake is the second cheesecake I have ever made. The first was a Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake. It came out pretty good. For this recipe I modified Martha Stewart’s Recipe for Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake.
So, Martha Stewart made homemade raspberry sauce using fresh raspberries and sugar. Using pre-made raspberry preserves sounded a lot easier. I looked it up to make sure that it would work, and to get an idea how much I should use.
There were many, many recipes that used raspberry preserves, so I decided that I would indeed use store bought preserves instead of making the sauce myself.
As you can see in the photos, the raspberry preserves sunk to the bottom, and there aren’t pretty bright red swirls like Martha’s. It tasted good, and it looked good (although NOT like Martha’s) so I was still happy with it.
Anytime I make a new recipe that I have modified and it comes out edible I am happy. And in this case it tasted good. Believe me, I have made plenty of recipes that didn’t come out that were not even edible.
One of the things I learned early on about cooking is that your dish doesn’t have to come out exactly like the recipe for it to be good. And sometimes you end up with a dish you like even better.
- 1 3/4 cups shortbread cookie crumbs
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 packages cream cheese, 8 ounces each
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cups seedless raspberry preserves
- Butter a 9" spring form pan generously and wrap with a double layer of aluminum foil. Put the pan on a baking sheet.
- Melt 3 tablespoons butter and pour over cookie crumbs. Mix until crumbs are evenly coated with butter. Pour into spring form pan, press with your fingers into an even layer. Put in the freezer while the oven preheats.
- With a rack centered in the oven, preheat to 350°. Bake crust (on baking sheet) for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack while you make the cheesecake.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 325°. Start boiling water
- With an electric or stand mixer, on medium speed, in a large bowl beat the cream cheese until fluffy, 4 minutes. With the mixer running add sugar and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla and salt. Add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after the addition of each egg. Pour cheesecake batter into the spring form pan. Drop raspberry preserves onto batter with a small spoon, swirl with a knife or skewer.
- Put a large roasting pan in the oven, put the cheesecake in the roasting pan (still double wrapped in foil), pour boiling water into roasting pan half way up the spring form pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven with the door ajar until the oven cools down cmpletely. (Prop the oven open with a wooden spoon if necessary, mine stays open a little bit by itself.)
- Remove cheesecake from the oven and let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Cover loosely and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is better.
- Carefully run a sharp knife between the edge of the pan and the cheesecake, especially around the crust. Undo the latch and carefully remove the sides of the pan. Set the cheesecake, still on the spring form pan base on a serving platter. Cut, serve, and enjoy!
*****Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.*****
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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