This special occasion dessert can be tailor-madeto fit your tastes.
Recipe: Citrus Liqueur Cheesecake
1/2 cup butter 2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs 5 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon finely grated orange or lemon peel 5 large eggs 2 large egg yolks 1/4 cup whipping cream 1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
Preheat oven to 475°F (245°C).Butter bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add cookiecrumbs and mix until thoroughly combined. Press mixture ontobottom and 1-inch up sides of prepared pan. Refrigerate untilneeded.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese,sugar, flour and orange peel. Beat with an electric mixer onmedium speed until smooth. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time,beating well after each addition. Stir in cream and liqueur untilwell combined.
Pour mixture into crust and bake for 10minutes.
Reduce heat to 200°F (40°C) andbake 1 1/2 hours or until set. Turn off oven and leave cheesecakein oven with the door ajar, for 30 minutes. Finish cooling cheesecakeon a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled(6 to 8 hours).
To serve, run a sharp knife around theedge to loosen. Remove pan and cut into wedges.
Makes 16 servings.
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