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Wisconsin Rhubarb Cheesecake

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  • Makes: 12 to 14 servings
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Chill 4 hrs
  • Cool 2 hrs
  • Bake 1 hr
  • Cook 5 mins

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This creamy white chocolate dessert gets a jolt of red color from the fresh rhubarb. It makes a great spring or summer treat to follow a grilled meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 8 1 - ounce square white baking chocolate with cocoa butter
  • 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 8 - ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 16 - ounce carton dairy sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • White baking chocolate curls (optional)
  • Mint leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. For sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine rhubarb, 1/3 cup sugar and orange juice. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until rhubarb is tender, stirring occasionally; set aside.
  2. In a heavy small saucepan, melt white chocolate baking squares over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.
  3. For crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham crackers and butter. Press crumb mixture onto the bottom and about 1-1/2 inches up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Wrap outside of the springform pan securely with heavy foil. Set aside.
  4. For filling: In a very large bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and salt with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until combined after each addition. Gradually beat in melted white chocolate until combined.
  5. Pour half of the filling into crust-lined pan. Spoon 1 cup of the rhubarb sauce over the filling, spreading evenly. Top with remaining filling. Spoon remaining rhubarb sauce over filling. Using the back of a spoon, gently swirl the rhubarb mixture into the filling.
  6. Place springform pan in a large roasting pan. (Make sure there is at least 1 inch between springform pan and edges of roasting pan.) Place roasting pan on oven rack. Carefully pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of springform pan.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until edge of cheesecake is firm and center appears nearly set when lightly shaken. Check water level every 30 minutes, adding more water if needed. Carefully remove cheesecake pan from water bath; transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Remove foil. Loosen cheesecake from sides of pan by carefully running a knife around the edge of the pan. Cool cheesecake for 30 minutes more. Remove sides of pan and cool completely. Cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours before serving.
  8. If you like, just before serving, pipe rosettes of whipped cream on the top of the cheesecake and garnish with white baking bar curls and mint. Cut into wedges.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare, bake, and thoroughly cool the cheesecake. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days ahead.

Nutrition Facts

(Wisconsin Rhubarb Cheesecake)

Servings Per Recipe 12, sat. fat (g) 26, chol. (mg) 149, calcium (mg) 151, fiber (g) 1, Fat, total (g) 42, sodium (mg) 493, carb. (g) 42, pro. (g) 10, cal. (kcal) 586, vit. C (mg) 4, vit. A (IU) 1215, iron (mg) 1

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