Fresh Peach Cheesecake

Anita Hoffman

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@scent4U

This is a New York style cheesecake with a hidden layer of sweet peach compote that is truly delicious. The best cheesecake! It's a do ahead dessert and it travels well. Just glaze the cake in its pan and chill. When ready to serve, release the sides, then top with fresh peach slices. Prepare this cheesecake at least one day in advance.
Recipe and photo adapted from Bon Appetit.


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Serves:

12

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 15 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1/2 c
butter, melted or 1/4 cup if making gingersnap crust.
2-1/2 c
graham cracker crumbs or 25 gingersnap cookies into coarse crumbs

FILLING

4 pkg
(8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1-1/4 c
plus 2 tbsp.sugar
4
small peaches (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, pitted, sliced 1/4 inch thick
4
eggs
2 Tbsp
fresh lemon juice
1/2 c
sour cream
1-1/2 tsp
vanilla

GLAZE

1/2 c
peach preserves
1-1/2 tsp
fresh lemon juice
1/2
large peach, peeled, pitted, very thinly sliced

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Crust: Add butter to graham cracker crumbs and stir until evenly moistened.
Press crumbs over bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9 inch spring form pan.
Bake crust at 350 degrees about 8 minutes or until crust is beginning to brown.
Cool on rack.
Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
2
Filling: Combine peaches, 2 tbsp. sugar, and lemon juice in heavy large saucepan.
Cover and cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and peaches are juicy, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
Uncover and cook until peaches are tender and juices thicken, about 5 minutes.
Cool compote.
3
Using, electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy.
Gradually add 1 1/4 cups sugar and beat until smooth.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Mix in sour cream and vanilla.
Spoon half of cheese mixture (about 3 cups) into crust.
Spoon peach compote over by tablespoonfuls, spacing apart.
Top with remaining cheese mixture.
4
Place large piece of foil on oven rack.
Place pan with cheesecake on foil.
Bake until puffed, set in center, and beginning to brown, about 1 1/4 hours.
Place hot cheesecake on rack; cool 5 minutes, then run small sharp knife around pan sides to loose.
Place cheesecake, uncovered, on rack in refrigerator and chill overnight.
Can make up to 2 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled.
5
GLAZE: Combine preserves and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until glaze comes to a simmer.
Strain into a small bowl.
Release pan sides; place cheesecake on platter.
Spread glaze over top of cheesecake to within 1/4 inch of edge.
Chill cheesecake until glaze sets., at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
Arrange peach slices in center of cake.
To prevent cheesecake from splitting on top, place a shallow pan of water into the oven while cheesecake is baking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American