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Creamy Tiramisu Cheesecake Recipe

Creamy Tiramisu Cheesecake Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 70 minutes + chilling YIELD:12 servings

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 vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Baking cocoa

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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 Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.