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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Raspberry Swirl CheesecakeA rich and velvety smooth dessert that is as pretty to look at as it is delicious. The swirls of red raspberry jam do not only make this cheesecake look divine, they also add a tangy dimension to the sweet and creamy filling. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake.

Ingredients:
Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Filling
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Fresh raspberries for garnish

Procedures:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch spring-form pan and line the bottom with waxed paper.
  • Put the graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl. Add the butter and toss with a fork until evenly moistened. Press the mixture over the bottom and up 1-inch of the sides of the prepared pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Beat in the sour cream until blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Put the jam and lemon juice in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth. Drizzle 1/4 of the jam mixture in stripes over the batter. Spoon the remaining batter over the jam, then drizzle with the remaining jam.
  • Swirl gently with a thin knife to marbleize the batter slightly.
  • Bake the cheesecake until firm around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center, for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Set the cake in the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap the cake in plastic and chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Remove the pan sides and place the cake on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

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