White Chocolate Berry Cheesecake

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Servings

16

Ready In:

3hrs 45min

Calories:

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About this Recipe

By: Ghirardelli. Made & Edited by Rob Delaney, WWC

I would not call myself a ‘baker’ by any means. Although that does not mean I can’t gather ingredients, follow a recipe & get baking in my kitchen. I studied math, and am now building websites, so who says I can’t bake? This recipe may have been a bit challenging to start on, as my first ‘real’ baking expenditure. Although similar to that of the math-world, it is simply following a formula. All things considered, I could not be happier with the result for my first time around the block. Scroll down to find detailed ingredients, instructions, even a ‘how-to’ video showing my process. This is the first of many to come, and I am as excited to share these new ideas & tips with you, in an effort to make the world a sweeter place.

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs From 12 Double Graham Crackers
  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 1/3 cup Sugar

Cheesecake Filling

  • 8 oz Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar Two Full Bars, broken into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup Boiling Water
  • 32 oz Cream Cheese Four containers, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs At Room Temperature
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Berry Topping

  • 5 1/3 cups Fresh Raspberries Or other berries
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch

This recipe without a doubt calls for a trip to your local supermarket to acquire the proper ingredients. Don’t substitute an ingredient with something else unless you know you can, as it likely will affect the final product! I have made countless mistakes trying to do so myself in my early baking, but proper ingredients yield delicious results!

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar

The luxurious flavor and smooth texture of Ghirardelli Premium Baking Chocolate deliver the ultimate indulgence. Vanilla extract & milk powder combine to create a rich, melt-in-your-mouth bliss.

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Making the Crust

Step 1

Position the oven to 350°F with a rack just below center.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, mix the butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar until blended.

Step 3

Press the mixture firmly and evenly over the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch spring form pan. Set the pan on a baking sheet and bake the crust 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Step 4

Set the pan and baking sheet on a rack to cool. When cool enough to handle, grease the sides of the pan above the crust and set aside.

Cheesecake Filling

Step 1

Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.

Step 2

Put the chocolate in a medium bowl.

Step 3

Pour boiling water over the chocolate and shake the bowl to submerge the chocolate. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes without stirring.

Step 4

Whisk the chocolate and water until thoroughly blended and smooth. Set aside.

Step 5

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese just until smooth, about 45 seconds.

Step 6

Add the sugar, vanilla, and salt, and beat just until smooth (about one and one-half minutes), scraping the bowl and beaters once or twice.

Step 7

Beat the eggs in one at a time, just until blended.

Step 8

Use a rubber spatula to stir the melted chocolate thoroughly into the filling.

Step 9

Scrape the filling on top of the crust and spread it evenly.

Step 10

Bake the cake, on the baking sheet, for 60 to 70 minutes, until edges of the cake are puffed but the center still jiggles like tender gelatin when the pan is gently shaken.

Step 11

Set the pan on a rack. Slide a thin paring knife carefully around the upper edges of the cake to detach it from the pan, but do not remove the pan sides.

Step 12

When the cake is cool, loosen the sides of the pan but do not remove them.

Step 13

Refrigerate the cake until it is thoroughly cold, before covering it with plastic wrap.

Step 14

For the best flavor, keep the cake refrigerated for at least 8 hours, preferably 24 to 36 hours before topping and serving

Berry Puree

Step 1

Puree half of the raspberries (2 2/3 cups) with the sugar in a blender or food processor.

Step 2

Strain the puree through a medium mesh strainer to remove the seeds, stirring and pressing on the solids to extract as much puree as possible.

Step 3

Measure puree and add water if necessary to make 1 cup.

Step 4

Whisk the cornstarch into the puree in a small non-reactive saucepan.

Step 5

Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring constantly.

Step 6

Simmer 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the puree is thickened and brighter in color. Set aside.

Step 7

Uncover and remove the sides of the cake pan. If the top of the cake is moist, blot it with a dry paper towel.

Step 8

Scrape the hot topping on the cold cake and spread it evenly.

Step 9

Refrigerate the cake for at least an hour to set the topping.

Step 10

Arrange the remaining raspberries on top of the cake.

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