New York Style Cheesecakes with Cranberry Pear Compote

New York Style Cheesecakes with Cranberry Pear Compote

Meal type Dessert
Occasion Valentines day
By author Chef Alina Eisenhauer

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups ground gingersnap cookies
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter (melted)

Cheesecakes

  • 1 1/2lb cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanillla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Cranberry Pear Compote

  • 1 ripe pear (peeled and cut into 1/2” cubes)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 12oz fresh or frozen whole cranberries
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (split lengthwise)

Directions

Crust
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter six 1 1/4 cup custard cups (or use a silicone mold coated with pan spray- that’s what we use at Sweet). Toss ground cookies with melted butter in medium bowl to blend. Press 3-4 tablespoons cookie mixture evenly onto bottom of each prepared cup. Bake for 5 min. Just to set.
Cheesecakes
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until soft and smooth then add sugar and mix to combine. Scrape down the bowl, add the zests and flour, mixing to combine. Slowly add the eggs and vanilla while continuing to mix. Scrape bowl and mix until smooth and combined. Divide batter equally among custard cups. Place cups in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to pan to reach halfway up sides of cups. Bake until cheesecakes are set in center, about 45 minutes.
Remove cheesecakes from water bath. Cool completely. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
Cranberry Pear Compote
Combine sugar, vanilla bean and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add the pear and cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes (until cranberries pop), stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 2 1/4 cups.
To serve
Cut around cheesecakes to loosen. Turn cheesecakes out onto plates. Pour warm compote around cheesecakes. ENJOY!
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