|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 31g||40%|
|Saturated Fat 18g||88%|
|Total Carbohydrate 35g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 26g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||5%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Swirled with jam, this raspberry cheesecake is as pretty to look at as it is delicious. Strawberries certainly get a lot of attention as a go-to fruit to pair with cheesecake, but raspberries may surprise you. With their balance of sweet and tart flavors, raspberries play well off cheesecake's creaminess. Cheesecake with raspberries: It's a great contrast that's hard to say no to.
If you've never made a cheesecake before, it's helpful to review some cheesecake baking tips to ensure a beautifully finished dessert. For example, if your cheesecake always cracks, try this: Before heating the oven, place a baking pan half-filled with hot tap water on the bottom rack. Bake the cake on the middle rack above the pan and don't peek. That little bit of extra moisture helps prevents cracks. Cheesecakes aren't hard to make, though they require some attention to detail. And even if the top does crack, it will still be delicious.
"I loved this recipe! Adding lemon juice to the raspberry jam was a small step that made a big difference—the contrast of the tart jam with the creamy cheesecake provided perfect balance." —Laura Manzano
For the Crust:
3 ounces (6-tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, more for the pan
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
For the Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup raspberry jam, seeded or seedless
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Fresh raspberries, for garnish, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Toss with a fork until evenly moistened.
Press the mixture over the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary, about 4 minutes.
Beat in the sour cream until blended.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.
In a small bowl, combine the jam and lemon juice, stirring until smooth.
Drizzle 1/4 of the jam mixture in stripes over the batter.
Spoon the remaining cheesecake batter over the jam, then drizzle with the remaining jam. Swirl the batter gently with a thin knife to create a marbled effect.
Bake the cheesecake for 60 to 70 minutes until firm around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center.
While still in the pan, set the cheesecake on a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap the cake pan in plastic and chill for at least 5 hours. Remove the cake from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
Remove the pan sides and place the cake on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if using, and serve.
- A cheesecake is done when the edges are slightly puffed and an area the size of a silver dollar in the center is moist and soft. It will firm as the cake cools.
- If you have trouble cutting this raspberry cheesecake, try cutting it with dental floss or fishing line. Simply stretch a length across the top of the cake and, holding it taut, bring it down to the bottom of the cake. Let go of one end and pull the floss out with the other. You may want to do so before guests arrive.
- Pressed for time? Use a store-bought graham cracker crust instead.
- You can use strawberry or blueberry jam, or a combination of several berry jams, instead of raspberries.
- Make this cheesecake gluten-free by using a gluten-free graham cracker crust base.
- Use lemon or almond extract instead of vanilla.
- Make this cheesecake with a chocolate graham cracker crust. Just substitute chocolate graham crackers for regular ones, or make it with a gluten-free chocolate graham cracker crust.
How to Store and Freeze Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
The raspberry swirl cheesecake can be wrapped well and refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for up to three months. It can be helpful to freeze cheesecake slices individually if you don't want to defrost multiple slices. Thaw in the refrigerator.