Coconut Cheesecake & Rhubarb Compote Recipe
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Coconut Cheesecake & Rhubarb Compote Recipe

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I took my daughter’s love of cheesecake plus my mom’s love of coconut and rhubarb and ran with it. Try it with a smidge of chocolate sauce, too. —Wendy Rusch, Trego, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 14 whole graham crackers
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 cups chopped fresh rhubarb (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or water
  • Additional toasted coconut, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice with 3 tablespoons compote (calculated without optional coconut): 589 calories, 38g fat (23g saturated fat), 159mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. (3-in.-deep) springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap foil securely around pan.
  2. Break graham crackers into quarters; place in a food processor. Add coconut and sugar; pulse until fine crumbs form. While pulsing, add melted butter just until blended. Press onto bottom and 1-1/2 in. up sides of prepared pan.
  3. For cheesecake, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, vanilla and lemon juice. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Fold in coconut. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  4. Bake 80-90 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer.
  5. In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar and orange juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 7-9 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly; transfer to a covered container. Refrigerate cheesecake and compote overnight, covering cheesecake when completely cooled.
  6. Remove rim from springform pan. If desired, press additional coconut onto sides of cheesecake. Serve with compote, warmed if desired. Yield: 16 servings (3-1/2 cups compote).
Editor's Note: To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Coconut Cheesecake & Rhubarb Compote in Taste of Home June/July 2015

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dublinlab User ID: 1682119 265040
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2017

"This is an excellent desert. Make it 4 days ahead though, the flavour improves every day over the last. We ran out at day 5 and it was amazing then. My husband enjoyed it with maple syrup. Janet VFE"

bicktasw User ID: 4201818 249942
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"This is one of the creamiest cheesecakes I ever had. Since my family does not like rhubarb, I made a pineapple topping instead. (1 can crushed pineapple thickened with some cornstarch mixed with cold water ... cook until thickened..) I will surely be making this again ..... and again ..... and again!! Note: the amount of graham crackers called for in the recipe measures out to about 2 1/4 cups of crumbs...."

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