Saturday, June 13, 2009

Carrot Cheesecake | cheesecake recipes

Carrot Cheesecake | cheesecake recipes

3/4 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 2−inch pieces
2/3 cup fine graham cracker crumbs
2/3 cup fine gingersnap crumbs
2/3 cup finely ground pecans
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon minced ginger root
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon allspice
16 ounces cream cheese, cut into small cubes and softened
4 eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, and cook carrots until very tender − about 45 minutes. Drain cooked
carrots. Return them to a moderate heat for a minute or so to cook off excess moisture.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, gingersnap crumbs, the 2/3 cup ground nuts, and
sugar; toss well. Work in butter until mixture is crumbly. Pat over bottom and up sides of a buttered 9
inch springform pan. Bake the crust for 7 minutes. Turn oven down to 350 degrees F.
Transfer carrots to food processor and purée for 30 seconds. Scrape down side, and puree again until
absolutely smooth. Add brown sugar, ginger, lemon juice, orange zest, cinnamon, mace and allspice to
the processor, and purée for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides and repeat. Let mixture stand until cool.
Add cream cheese to cooled carrot mixture, and purée for 1 minute; scrape down sides every 20
seconds. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Pour batter into crust, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup
chopped nuts.
Bake for about 50 minutes; cake tester will come out clean. Let cool. Cover loosely, and refrigerate at
least 4 hours before serving.

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