Embracing a Healthy Family: White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cheesecake


INGREDIENTS
Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1½ cups finely crushed graham crackers
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 stick salted butter, melted
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Cheesecake Filling
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 T corn starch
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, beans extracted
White Chocolate Mousse
  • 4 oz. white chocolate baking squares
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 T powdered sugar
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
INSTRUCTIONS
Graham Cracker Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line a spring-form pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine crushed graham crackers and brown sugar and mix with a fork
  3. Add the melted butter, egg and vanilla extract and mix until fully incorporated
  4. Press into the bottom of the lined spring-form pan and bake for 8-10 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and let cool
Cheesecake Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 320°
  2. In a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add the sour cream, corn starch and vanilla beans and mix until the mixture is smooth and creamy
  4. Pour over the graham cracker crust and bake for one hour. The filling will be jiggly in the center when you remove from oven
  5. Remove from the oven and place on a heat safe surface for one hour. Do not remove the springform pan. You will remove it right before serving!
  6. Place into the refrigerator overnight to set, or at least 6 hours
White Chocolate Mousse
  1. Place mixing bowl in freezer or refrigerator to chill
  2. Melt white chocolate squares and let cool
  3. In the cold mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until it forms soft peaks, gradually add powdered sugar and continue whipping until it forms stiff peaks
  4. Place in refrigerator to keep chilled
  5. In another bowl, beat the melted white chocolate and cream cheese together with a spatula until light and fluffy.
  6. Take the whipped cream and stir it into the white chocolate and cream cheese mixture. You do not have to be gentle while stirring. Don't be afraid to stir vigorously!
  7. Place back into the refrigerator to chill overnight. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to put the mousse onto the cheesecake
  8. Once you are ready to serve, spread the mousse over the top of the cheesecake and then remove the springform pan and the parchment paper
  9. Top with whipped cream, berries, chocolate or all three!


Recipe has been adapted from Inner-Gourmet Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

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