Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rum Raisin Cheesecake

I was thinking about Rum Raisin (Malaga) Gelato

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and I decided it may well translate into a nice cheesecake.

So here's the test on my theory:

Image DetailThe most important step in this recipe is to soak your RAISINS. I soaked mine for 3 days. They were plump and delicious. 
Stir together & bring to a boil:
1 c. water
1/2 c. sugar

Remove from heat. pour into a heat proof container with:
1 1/2 cup dark raisins
1/4 c. rum

Let cool, and then, refrigerate for 2 or 3 days. Remember, good things come to those who wait! :) 


Graham Crust:

1 3/4 c. graham crumbs
1/4 c. brown sugar
4 oz (1/2 c.) melted butter 

Whisk together cookie crumbs and sugar. Then add melted butter. Press into  10" springform pan and bake 8-10 min. at 350 degrees F.


40 oz (5 x 8oz. packages) cream cheese
1/4 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
The zest and juice of one medium orange
6 eggs
1/2 c. sour cream
3 Tbsp. Rum
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Cream together cream cheese, flour, and sugars until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in sour cream, rum, vanilla, and orange juice. Finally, drain raisins, but reserve the liquid. Fold the raisins and orange zest into the batter. Pour into crust and bake at 350 degrees until set (about 1 hr.). Cool slightly and add topping.

Fold in the Raisins and Zest

Out of the Oven. Topping added.  Cool completely in  pan.


Reserved juice from raisins
1 tbsp. corn starch
3 tbsp mixed raisins.

Bring to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened (about 1 min). Pour onto cheesecake. Chill completely before cutting. 
I suppose I could have saved some of the raisins I soaked, but this topping was an after thought. I mean, it looked naked when it came out of the oven... I needed to dress it up a bit!

I always wait until the next day to cut mine.
Cool completely before slicing!
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You may make this cheesecake ahead of time. It freezes beautifully.

I hope you enjoy it! 


  1. what are you thoughts on ramen?

    1. Kent, you should write a blog about ramen.

  2. sorry, this blog is about chocolate. duh.

  3. perhaps your member screening process should be more stringent?