Creamy Cheesecake with Cherry Topping

This is an incredibly impressive looking, yet super easy and ridiculously delicious dessert! A must try! Not only is the cheesecake creamy and amazing, but the cherries cooked in red wine make this unforgettable.

You’ll need:

Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbl melted butter
2 tbl water

Cake:
5 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 tbl flour
1/4 tsp salt
8 oz sour cream
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

Cherry Topping:
2/3 cup sweet red wine
1/2 cup sugar
24 oz pitted frozen cherries
2 tbl lemon juice
4 tsp cornstarch
4 tsp water

1. To make the crust – Set your oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter and water. Mix with a fork. Grease the bottom of your springform pan with cooking spray or some butter! Place the crumb mixture in the pan and press out into a crust. Bake for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool.

2. To make the filling – In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese. Then mix in the sugar, flour and salt. Once well combined, mix in the sour cream. Next are the eggs. Finally, stir in the vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over your crust. There was actually a lot of the cream cheese mixture, so I took some out and baked in a smaller pan! Just a few spoonfuls. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. When it’s done, leave out to cool. Once cooled, cover and place in your fridge for 6-8 hours.

3. To make the cherry topping – In a saucepan add the wine, sugar and cherries. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat and cook for another five minutes. In the meantime, in a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, cornstarch and water. When the five minutes are up, stir in the cornstarch mixture and bring back up to a boil. Finally, once boiling, turn the heat down again and simmer for 3 minutes. You’ll see it will turn shiny. Turn off the heat and when it has cooled off, cover and place in your fridge.

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4. Place your cherry mixture on top of your cheesecake and make them drip down the sides for extra #foodporn goodness!

Come on guys, there’s no way you can mess this one up. I have faith in you!!!! And when you try it, take a pic and send it to me 🙂

Happy baking!!!!

Stephanie

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