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Cheesecake With Cranberry Jewel Topping

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Servings: 10
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts / Fruits / Toppings

1 1/2  cups  Vanilla wafers, crushed
1/4  cup  Sugar
6  tablespoons  Butter, melted
1/2  cup  Whipping cream
1  package  Vanilla powder
1 1/2  pounds  Cream cheese, room temp.
1  cup  Sugar
1  pinch  Salt
4  large  Eggs
12  ounces  Fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4  cup  Sugar
1/2  cup  Cranberry juice concentrate
1/4  cup  Water

Preheat oven to 350 F. CRUST: Wrap the bottom and outsides of 9-inch springform pan with aluminum foil. Lightly butter inside of pan and set aside. Combine cookie crumbs, sugar and butter. Press mixture onto bottom and halfway up sides of prepared springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes on center rack of preheated oven. Set aside, but do not turn off oven. FILLING: Using electric mixer, blend together all ingredients. Add eggs and mix just until well-combined. Pour filling into prepared crust. Bake until center is just set, about 50 minutes. Refrigerate cake immediately, and leave until thoroughly chilled (at least 6 hours or overnight). TOPPING: Combine all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Strain mixture through a sieve set over a lage bowl, pressing firmly with the back of a spoon to force as much of the liquid through sieve as possible. Spoon warm topping evenly over cold cake. Refrigerate until topping is set, at least 2 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.) To serve, pipe rosettes of whipped cream around edges of cake. Garnish with whole cranberries. Modified from from a recipe in Bon Appetit (November 1994) Typed for you by Karen Mintzias

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