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Creamy Tiramisu Cheesecake

 Creamy Tiramisu Cheesecake
The Italian word "tiramisu" means "pick-me-up" and refers to a dessert of ladyfinger sponge cake dipped in coffee, embracing mascarpone cheese. Work that in with cream cheese and you have a guaranteed picker-upper that redefines a classic. —Mrs. Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 70 minutes + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 2 whole crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers, split
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Baking cocoa

Directions

  • Brush bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with butter; sprinkle evenly
  • with cracker crumbs. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty
  • foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • Dissolve coffee granules in hot water; cool and set aside for
  • filling. Combine brewed coffee and rum extract; brush over flat
  • sides of split ladyfingers. Arrange ladyfingers, rounded sides out,
  • along sides of prepared pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in

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Creamy Tiramisu Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • the cream, sour cream, vanilla and dissolved coffee. Add eggs; beat
  • on low speed just until combined. Pour into prepared pan. Place
  • springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to
  • larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 70-80 minutes or until center is just set and
  • top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove
  • foil. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; loosen edges
  • from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove rim from pan. Just before serving, dust cheesecake with cocoa.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 470 calories, 33 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 185 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.