New York Cheesecake

Total Time:
13 hr 50 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive Prep:
12 hr
Cook:
1 hr 20 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Difficult

Ingredients

CRUST:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
    FILLING:
      TOPPING:
      • 12 ounces creme fraiche
      • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • Cherry Confit, recipe follows
      • Special equipment: a 9-inch non-stick Teflon coated spring form pan

      Directions

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

      Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and butter together in a mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into the springform pan and using a mixing cup press the crumbs into the base. Using your fingers gently press crumbs into the sides of the pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Let cool.

      Filling:

      In a food processor, cream the cream cheese and the sugar together. Add the zest and vanilla, Blend until smooth. Add 5 egg yolks and heavy cream, pulse until smooth. Pour into a large clean bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until a soft froth forms. Add 2 tablespoons sugar slowly to the egg whites and continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Fold into cream cheese, a little bit at a time until fully integrated. Pour into the prepared springform pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until firm. Let cool for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

      Topping:

      Mix the creme fraiche and sugar together and gently spread over the top of the cooled cheesecake. Bake for 5 minutes. Let cool until the topping is set or chill overnight and serve. Best served at room temperature.

      Serve with Cherry Confit.

      Cherry Confit:
      1 pound fresh cherries, pitted
      2 cups sugar
      2 cups water
      1 cinnamon stick
      1/2 vanilla bean, split
      2 sprigs thyme (tied with string)

      In a medium non-corrosive saucepan place water, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and thyme. Bring to the boil, turn down heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add cherries and simmer for 1 hour. If more liquid is needed add water. Continue to simmer until the cherry mixture is thick and the cherries are soft. Pour into a clean container and refrigerate until ready to use.

      Yield: 6 servings
      Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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