Recipe Time! – Old Fashioned New York-Style Cheesecake with Berry Coulis

Food Network and the Cooking Channel are my favorite channels that I watch on TV. They have awesome food recipes and I love cooking them for my family. Cheesecake is always near and dear to my heart and being a New Yorker (although transplanted here in the South) I will choose cheesecake over any other desert if it is offered on the menu. The best cheesecake that I have ever tasted was from Junior’s. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm! Any New Yorker can attest to that fact! Heh heh! So if you are ever visiting in NY and you love cheesecake, be sure to pop on by for a taste of realness!

What you need:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped from inside of pod and reserved
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • Raspberry Coulis, recipe follows

For the coulis:

  • 2 pints fresh raspberries (may substitute blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • Few drops lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar and mix well. Press onto bottom of springform pan and bake until golden, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. When completely cooled, butter the sides of the pan.

Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups sugar, zests, and vanilla and beat until light and creamy. Add the flour, then the eggs and yolks 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the sour cream, vanilla bean seeds, and bourbon and mix until smooth. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Wrap the pan in foil and place in a roasting pan. Fill the roasting with enough hot water to come half way up the sides of the pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Combine raspberries, sugar, water, and orange zest and cook until berries are soft and liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly then puree in a blender. Strain through a fine sieve, transfer to a bowl, and refrigerate, covered, until completely chilled. Stir in Grand Marnier and lemon juice.

Transfer cake to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Refrigerate cake overnight before serving. Serve with raspberry coulis.

I hope that this recipe becomes a new family favorite! Y’all have a great day.
God Bless!

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