Cranberry Orange Cheesecake
A sweet temptation that tastes just as good as it looks. With a sweet graham cracker crust, a spiced New York-Style cheesecake base, and a sugared fruit topping, this cheesecake creates an irresistible centerpiece and autumn dessert that is candied perfection!
2+ ½ tsp. Baker's Spice Blend
¼ cup Cinnamon Sugar
¼ cup Ginger Sugar
½ tsp. Brazilian Petite Sea Salt
¾ cups water
½ tsp. orange zest
½ Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1 cup whole fresh cranberries (if using froz.en, thaw)
1 small kumquat or clementine (we used Cuties ), sliced
10 graham crackers, crushed
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
16 oz. regular cream cheese, softened
3 large eggs & 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
16 oz. (full fat) sour cream, room temperature
1 Tbsp. spiced rum (optional)
COVER and chill in the refrigerator for 8-10 hrs, stirring occasionally. Strain (save liquid for a drink mixer if desired). Roll fruit pieces in Cinnamon Sugar and Ginger Sugar. Set on parchment paper and allow to dry for 2 hrs.
PREHEAT oven to 350?F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan. Mix graham crackers, brown sugar, and butter. Press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 mins. or until crust is slightly golden. Set aside. Turn oven up to 400?F.
BEAT cream cheese and 1 cup sugar on low for 2 mins. Add the eggs and yolk, continue beating for 2 mins. Add sour cream, rum, remaining Baker's Spice Blend, and Brazilian Petite Sea Salt. Continue beating for 2 mins.
WRAP springform pan in two layers of foil (waterproofs the outside) and set in a large roasting pan. Pour cheesecake filling in. Place in the oven. Carefully pour boiling water (about 3 cups) into the roasting pan until the water reaches about 1 cm up the cheesecake.
BAKE 15 mins. Turn temperature down to 250?F and bake another hr. Turn oven off and allow cheesecake to sit in the oven with the door open for another 30 mins. Remove from oven. Remove cheesecake from the water bath and allow to sit at room temperature for an hr. Wrap tightly in plastic and place in refrigerator to set (at least 2 hrs).
REMOVE springform pan. Cover with sugared fruits.