Canned pears and crushed gingersnaps contribute to this glorious caramelized cheesecake that looks impressive but takes just 15 minutes to prepare.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 12 servings
1-1/2 cups finely crushed gingersnaps
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3 egg s
1 can (15 oz.) pear slices, drained, liquid reserved
1 Tbsp. finely chopped candied gingerroot
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 450°F.
Combine gingersnap crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 10-inch springform pan.
Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour into crust.
Bake 10 min. Reduce oven temperature to 250°F; continue baking 20 to 25 min. or until center is almost set. Cool 10 min. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool completely.
Arrange pears over cheesecake. Mix remaining sugar and 2 Tbsp. reserved pear liquid in large saucepan. Cook, without stirring, on medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved and syrup turns a deep golden color. (Do not over cook.) Remove from heat. Combine gingerroot and 2 Tbsp. of the remaining reserved pear liquid; carefully add to the hot sugar mixture, stirring until blended. (Syrup will bubble up. Be careful.) Immediately drizzle over cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours or until chilled.
Save 60 calories per serving by preparing with PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, and BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream.
Substitute canned peaches for the canned pears.
How to Store Cheesecake
Store any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g
Saturated Fat 17g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 44g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.