Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake

So what are you serving for Valentine's Day dessert?
This simple cheesecake is a great option.

My daughter was looking through Annabel Karmel's Mom and Me Cookbook and when she got to this recipe she asked me if I could make it.
We were going to be eating dinner at my mother in-law's the next night and I was bringing dessert, so I changed my plans and decided to make this no-bake cheesecake.

This recipe is soo easy. There is no baking involved.
Your kids can help you mix it up.
You just need to plan to make it ahead of time so it can chill for the required amount of hours. I let mine chill overnight.
I apologize for the pictures, but I was hurrying out the door to go to dinner and didn't have time to cut a slice and make it look nice.
Anyway, this cheesecake was a huge hit with everyone.
It is basically just cream cheese and whipped cream folded together and then chilled, with a lovely raspberry sauce swirled through and a graham cracker crust.
This cheesecake tastes really light and luscious. It has a great texture.

The adults loved it and the kids loved it too.
My sister in-law even asked me for the recipe that night and has already made it herself.
Plus, it is has red in it-so it is perfect for Valentine's Day!
Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake from Annabel Karmel's Mom and Me Cookbook
1 stick (8 Tbls) butter
8 oz graham crackers
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz cream cheese
1 cup superfine sugar
2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries, (I used frozen)
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 2/3 cups whipping cream

1. Put the graham crackers in a bag. Use a rolling pin to roll and crush them into crumbs.
2. Melt the butter in a pan. Pour the crushed graham crackers into the butter and stir thoroughly.
3. Line an 8-inch springform pan with plastic wrap. Spoon in the cracker mixture, press flat and refrigerate.
4. Make raspberry puree- bring the raspberries and powdered sugar to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Cool, then press through a sieve.
5. Mix together the cream cheese, superfine sugar, and vanilla extract. Whip the cream until stiff, then fold it into the cheese mixture.
6. Spread 3/4 of the cheese topping on the graham cracker base. Then spoon on 3/4 of the puree and swirl it into the cheesecake mixture.
7. Gently spread on the remaining cheesecake mixture. Drizzle on straight lines of raspberry puree. Pull a skewer across the lines for a decorative effect.
8. Leave the cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours of overnight.


19 comments:

Megan said...

This looks beautiful... and sounds like it could quickly become one of my favorite desserts, especially if there were chocolate drizzled over it. I already have my Valentine's dessert planned, but hopefully I can make this very soon!

Meghan said...

Strawberries and cheesecake are a great combination! That is really sweet that your daughter asked to make this :)

Treehouse Chef said...

This is a beautiful looking dessert and very easy too! Thanks for sharing I am sure I will make this soon.

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Carrian said...

oh sweet mercy! This looks and sounds delish!

Monika said...

Oh wow. I want. I never make cheesecakes because my hubby is allergic to cheese, but maybe I could make mini versions of this?

Joyce said...

No baking is the best part and the raspberries are my favorite. Happy Valentine's day.

Beth said...

my daughter would love to help me make this. Love the feathering effect

Cathy said...

This looks delicious! So festive for Valentine's Day, and I love the no-bake aspect. And believe it or not, I think I have all of the ingredients! I'm going to make this this weekend!

Sophie said...

This would be idea during the summer, when it's hot, or for the 4th. I looove the color/swirl! Your little one made a good choice, this is quite the Valentine's Day treat :).

Chef Aimee said...

What an absolutely beautiful cheesecake! And perfect for Valentine's Day!

katie said...

Wow, this looks so amazing! I thought I was going to make a chocolate cheesecake for Valentine's day, but I may have to reconsider that now...!

Sook said...

So beautiful! Looks delicious.

Joanne said...

A no-bake cheesecake? Count me in. Love teh ripples - they are absolutely gorgeous.

Steph said...

I've never had a no bake cheesecake before, this looks delicious! Now if I could only handle all the calories!!

Mindy said...

Wow!!! That looks so pretty!

Sweet and Savory said...

Oh, this is dreamy. Good combination. Good taste. A real treat.

Katherine said...

How sweet was it? There seems like a lot of sugar is involved.

karema said...

My daughter and I made this recipe and it was delicious! I am NOT a fan of cheesecake, but the whipped cream made this wonderful! We also used frozen berries and regular white sugar since we couldn't find superfine. Thanks for posting it, you saved us a trip to the library to get the book!