Friday, December 10, 2010

Cranberry Layered Cheesecake

I have Mary of One Perfect Bite to thank for this AWESOME  Cranberry Layered Cheesecake ! And her blog is such a blessing to me and my family.  Her blog - One Perfect Bite is truly a one perfect bite for me :p I saw this cranberry cheesecake a few days ago and I fell in love with it with just one perfect virtual bite :)) I knew I had to bake it to fulfil the craze for her cranberry layered cheesecake , so rich with a layer of fresh cranberry sauce center and top of the cake. One perfect bite of this sinfully rich cheesecake was enough to make me break the rule :p  Thank you so much , Mary for making me break my diet rule.  Perfect for this coming Christmas .  I baked this as a pre Christmas gift for Piggy Cuz who will be spending  her Christmas holiday in Australia .   Thank you Mary for this awesome recipe and Piggy Cuz for the fresh cranberries.( You just make my dream comes true )  Without this fresh cranberries , I will be just drooling virtually from the screen :)   Read on for some saliva inducing cake porn  and recipe :)

A very beautiful cake shared by a beautiful lady....Mary . Every bite is heavenly and I will be making this again for Xmas.  This is perfect for dessert after our Xmas dinner :) 

Cranberries given to me by Piggy Cuz..thanks dear :)
make them into thick cranberry sauce

the crust uses dried cranberry and ground almonds
a healthy crust......

A perfectly baked cheesecake
before adding the balanced of the cranberry sauce:p

I  love the  not so sweet cranberry sauce...beautifully done :)
I reduced the sugar by half for I do not have a sweet tooth

I made this specially for Piggy Cuz but I taxed
3 slices from her for our dessert :p

One perfect bite and I was deliriously happy.....

A virtual slice for all my readers who dropped by to drool
bake one for yourself if you crave for it and I know for sure
you will not regret having to labor for this awesome cake.
Labor of work pays off handsomely in this awesome-ness !

Cranberry Layered Cheesecake ( adapted from the kitchen of Mary - One Perfect Bite )
(Printable Recipe)


Pastry Layer

1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

Cranberry Layer
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cranberry juice
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Cream Cheese Layer
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten

Sour Cream Topping
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Whipped Cream Topping
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


1) In a food processor, finely chop dried cranberries. Add flour, almonds and confectioners' sugar, salt and almond extract; process until blended. Add butter; pulse just until crumbly.

2) Press onto the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.

3) In a small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar and cornstarch; stir in cranberry juice until smooth. Add berries. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Set aside.

4) In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat just until combined. Pour half of batter into crust. Carefully spoon 3/4 cup berry mixture over batter; top with remaining batter.

5) Bake for 45 minutes. Reduce heat to 250°. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until center is almost set. Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla; spread over top. Bake 20-30 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Spread remaining berry mixture over the top. Refrigerate overnight.

6) Beat cream with sugar and almond extract until stiff peaks form. Pipe around top edge of cheesecake. Yield: 16 servings.

Enjoy !

And have fun baking this for Xmas !

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  1. This cake gives a very seasoning feel. Christmas is just around the corner!!!!

  2. Mmm, that cheesecake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the piece of cheesecake with me. ;)

  3. We have tons of fresh cranberries now. I just bought a packet of it and still not sure what to do with it. I thought of baking bread or muffins but now seeing your cheesecake I am tempted to make one too. Great look cheesecake by the way.

  4. Grace...haha yup it does have a Christmas feel to it :) but seriously this cake is delicious !

    Esther...haha you are welcome ;) virtual feasting is healthy :)))

    Gertrude.....seriously this is a great cheesecake...the cranberry sauce blends well...beautiful texture. I used 1/4 portion of the original recipe :) Mary's recipe is for a bigger cake. Over here the fresh cranberries are expensive ! I wish I stayed in the States...fresh fruits and berries are so much cheaper :)

  5. Scrumdiddilyumpshus!!! My "sifu" was full of praise for your superb cheesecake! I shared it with my uncle and aunties and they loved it too! Thank you so much for my pre-Christmas present! It not only looked exquisite, it was lip-smacking yumbo!

    Piggy Cuz

  6. Yum! This looks so decadant, I love cranberries but have never had them in cheescake, great idea!

  7. absolutely gorgeous.where did your piggy get the cranberries from..dont think we can get here in ipoh.

  8. Piggy Cuz....thank your 'Sifu' , aunty and uncle for their praises :p and welcome to your pre christmas cheesecake :) Yup , you can't get this cake anywhere in Ipoh, not even from 'Indulgence ' LOL! Buy more fresh cranberries the next time :ppp

    Sprinkled with Flour....ya sinfully decadent :))

    Lena...I see them in Mid Valley Jusco selling for RM14.90 per packet. I don't see them in Ipoh Jusco so I guess she got them from KL :)

  9. Your cheesecake looks soooo delicious. I love how different is it from the traditional cheesecake. The crust sounds amazing with the ground almonds and dried cranberries! I would have a hard time not eating the whole thing!! :)

  10. HI Elin-This cake is making me drool! I love cranberries and I will have to try this recipe:)Happy you liked my cake at Chef Dennis'. Have a wonderful weekend;)

  11. gingerbreadhouse....hiya...thanks it is delicious and I tell you once you have the first bite you will not want to stop :)))

    Hi Lora....please do try this will love it especially the cranberries sauce with the rich is to die for really :) I will try out your cake soon :) Thanks for sharing your recipe and dropping me a comment here :)

  12. Wow.. it looks amazing! thats 1kg of cheese!!
    I'd forget about the diet if I had this cake right in front of my eyes!

  13. Tracie.... I used a 1/4 portion only ... 250 gm cheese and lesser sugar :) to fit a 8" round tin with detachable base :)) . You will definitely not forgo this delectable piece of sinfully rich cheesecake :p

  14. the photo caught my eye--damn that looks delicious. this has got to be the only way to eat cranberries this season.

  15. Beautiful cheesecake! I love that you have layered the cranberries into the middle instead of just on top! Looks heavenly!

  16. I saw fresh cranberries today in KL.
    Awww.. should've grabbed a bag for this!!

  17. Cranberries cranberries cranberries galore! What a lovely use of cranberries in this cheesecake!

  18. Thank you so much for your kind comments and link to my blog. They are both appreciated. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  19. Baking Barrister....yesss please do bake will definitely love it :)))

    Amy..thanks for dropping by...this cake will take you to 'heaven ' even with the first bite :)

    Wendy...awwww if only you have dropped by earlier , I am sure you would have grabbed a pkt back :) Jusco Ipoh doesnt have them at all..not fair :p

    Hester ....haha cranberries just great for this festive ! :)

    Mary..thanks for this lovely recipe :)) it was great :)

  20. Wow...what a cheesecake. Lovely job.

  21. GREAT JOB! my mum LOVE cranberries and they are really good for health! (: but fresh cranberries are not usually on the shelf ): and yours make me feel sooo hungry! hahah

  22. Briarrose....thanks :)

    The Sweetylicious...thank you, I am sure your mom will love this cranberry cheesecake. You can substitute with other berries :)

  23. this cheesecake looks great and festive too, can I have a slice, big slice pls :P

  24. Spectacular looking cake! As delicious I'm sure! This would grace the Christmas dessert table BEAUTIFULLY! I will have the fist slice, of course! Merry Christmas to you!!!