Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Joanne's Cherry Cheesecake

Whew!  With the Christmas holiday behind me I am free to get back to the blog world.  This past week was filled with much holiday preparation because we traditionally host a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch for family and friends.

Joanne's Cherry Cheesecake

Today I wanted to share one of the delicious desserts we enjoyed this Christmas, Joanne's Cherry cheesecake.  Joanne is my neighbor and friend who was kind enough to share this family favorite with me.  I loved this recipe because it is beautiful to look at, light and delicious.  Thanks, Joanne, for sharing this recipe with me.

You will like that this dessert is very, yes, very easy to assemble, with no baking required.  It makes a lovely presentation, and it's light as can be.  It is decadent, though, and is not light in the calories area.
You'll also like that this is a make ahead dessert, requiring an overnight stay in your refrigerator.
Make this recipe the next time you need a quick, but impressive dessert.  You'll be happy you did.

Cherry Cheesecake Ingredients

Joanne's Cherry Cheesecake

Serves 10- 12
  • 3 packages of lady fingers, split
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

Line the bottom and sides of a spring form pan ( I used a 10 inch pan) with the split lady fingers.  You can see how I lined the pan with the first layer of lady fingers in the ingredients photo.

Mix the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar together in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Set aside.  In a separate bowl beat the cream until stiff.  With a spatula, fold the cheese mixture into the whipped cream.  This makes the filling light and airy.

Fold the Cheese Mixture into the Cream
Layer one half of the cream and cheese mixture over the bottom layer of lady fingers.  Place a second layer of lady finger on top of the cream mixture.  Then spread the remaining cream and cheese mixture on top of the lady fingers.  Top with the cherry pie filling to cover the surface.  Place the cherries in an attractive arrangement so that your finished cake will look as yummy as it tastes.

Refrigerate overnight.  Remove your spring form ring...slice...serve...enjoy...

You can get the printable Joanne's Cherry Cheesecake recipe by clicking the link.


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