Tuesdays with Dorie: Tall and Creamy Cheesecake

December 30, 2008 at 1:52 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, cheesecakes, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 45 Comments

tall and creamy cheesecake

When I saw that Anne of AnneStrawberry had chosen Dorie’s Tall and Creamy Cheesecake for TWD, my first reaction was something like “errrgh.”  Now, I love me some cheesecake (one of my favorites can be seen here), but I didn’t know how I’d make it fit into my holiday eating plans.  Then I realized that my holiday eating plans basically boiled down to eating as much as possible, so cheesecake would actually fit in quite nicely. 

I did jazz up the basic recipe to make it a bit more festive.  Rather than a graham cracker crust, I made a gingersnap one.  Then, I topped each piece with homemade cranberry sauce (because I love it, and must have it more often than just at Thanksgiving).

This cheesecake is fantastically good!  Thanks, Anne and, it probably goes without saying, Dorie!  I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese (you know, that “Neufchâtel” stuff) to make mine.  Combined with full fat sour cream, it was just perfect.  One more note: I like to use the food processor, rather than a mixer, to make cheesecake batter.  It still requires a scrape or two, but as long as your cream cheese and eggs are room temperature, you will never get a lump.  Oh, yeah, I also wanted to say that a half recipe works nicely in a high-sided six-inch springform.

Did anyone find the instruction to let the cheesecake “luxuriate in its water bath” amusing?  I was jealous– I would like to luxuriate in a water bath!

For the recipe, look in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (she also has it here on Serious Eats).  You can find it on AnneStrawberry, too.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll.

Happy New Year!!


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  1. this looks delicious! this fits in my current diet too as I m eating so much food. I ll have to eat nothing to compensate. 🙂

  2. tous les gâteaux au fromage que j’ai vus depuis ce matin sont tous plus beaux les uns que les autres ! et le tien ne fait pas exception 🙂
    c’est super appétissant, surtout que …j’adore les canneberges 🙂

  3. Your cheesecake looks perfect! Great idea to combine gingersnaps and cranberries. YUM!

  4. Happy New Year! Your cheesecake came out tall and creamy! I halved the recipe but mine doesn’t look anything like yours!

  5. DIVINE!!

  6. How wonderful.

    It looks great.

  7. Beautiful! Gingersnap and Cranberry must have been divine- I can almost taste it. I love your comment about wanting to luxuriate in a water bath- ha!

  8. Yours looks great!!

  9. Gorgeous!

  10. I love your cranberry topping! Brilliant! I’m glad to hear the 1/2 recipe works in a 6″ pan. Maybe I’ll split mine in half next time and make two flavors…

  11. A gingerbread crust sounds really good with this cheesecake. And it totally fits in to the holiday menu, when anything and everything is devoured 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful NYE in NYC…

  12. When I read the last sentence of your first paragraph, I almost spit out my coffee laughing.

    Gingersnap and cranberry sounds really great – and yeah, who has time to luxuriate in a water bath?!

    Happy New Year!

  13. This looks fabulous! The gingersnap crust and cranberry sauce sound delicious.

  14. That’s one gorgeous cheesecake! Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. I got a great giggle out of the water bath instruction too. It just made me love the recipe even more! Your cheesecake looks and sounds great!!

  16. Sigh… and to think that after all this flattery I’ve been pulling on you, I was hopping to get an invitation for dessert sometimes! LOL …kidding, of course! But not to say I wouldn’t jump on the occasion… wow, especially for that amazingly beautiful cheesecake!

  17. “Eating as much as possible” was your plan, too?

    This looks fantastic. The gingersnap crust and the cranberry sauce? Inspired.

  18. Oh my. That slice is most enticing.

  19. Lovely! I love the big slice photo! I wish I could have it!

  20. Beautiful! I should have thought of the cranberry….darn!

  21. Totally – I watched mine “luxuriate” and had to suppress feelings of jealousy 🙂 And I’m a fan of your holiday eating plan, it sounds quite a bit like mine. Beautiful cheesecake!

  22. What a perfect holiday cheesecake. You are right cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving!

  23. Beautiful. Love the cranberries idea. Happy New Year!

  24. Ooh, yum! I would never have thought to top it with cranberry sauce. What a great idea!

  25. Your choice of cranberry topping and gingersnap crust certainly fits the season. Great work!

  26. Gingersnap crust sounds divine great idea I am writing that down… Your cake looks great good job!

  27. That looks sooooo divine. Im hungry now.

  28. Mouth watering. Happy New Year, and all the best.

  29. Gorgeous as always. Cranberry sauce sounds perfect with this!!

  30. I love the homemade cranberry sauce. YUM!

    Happy New Year!

  31. And a beautiful cheesecake too! I think the cranberries must give the cake a perfect balance of sweet/creamy and sweet/tangy.

  32. I want a slice!!! Please!!! Happy New Year! I look forward to reading more of your cooking adventures in the new year!!

  33. Bathing cheesecakes are quite humorous….never heard it put that way either. he he
    I love your flavor combo and and and your looks very tasty. Beautiful photo. Glad you liked it too.
    happy New Year

    Going to look at your DB challenge next

  34. Oh, that is looking pretty fabulous! My photos just stunk on this one, but yours looks as good as it seems to have tasted.

  35. Yum – that cheesecake looks absolutely delicious! Did you just reduce cranberries in syrup to make the sauce? It looks really gorgeous and I’d love to make it sometime. 🙂

  36. That looks fabulous and I love the flavors you used! I had a good laugh about the water bath too. Dorie’s too funny sometimes. Happy new year! 🙂

  37. Your cherry topped cheesecake looks great! I loved Dorie’s luxuriate instruction.

  38. Katie– To make the cranberry sauce, I just used the recipe off the bag of Ocean Spray cranberries…same thing I use for Thanksgiving dinner!

  39. I resolve not to visit this blog often because of fear of putting on more weight! OMG! Look at that cheesecake!

    Happy New Year!

  40. Looks wonderful. You can’t beat cheesecake for dessert in my opinion.

  41. Hi Steph! I love me some cheesecake too! We made one for Thanksgiving and subbed a gingersnap crust–so tasty. I don’t know how the holidays flew by, but I’m sad (and relieved, let’s be honest) that they are over. (now I have to get back to work on all my projects!)
    I hope all is going well for you.
    Happy New Year!

  42. Yum! What a dreamy looking cheesecake! Happy New Year! 🙂

  43. I’ve become a cheesecake lover. This one looks great. Luxuriating in the water bath, I agree with you, I’d love to do that!

  44. Just catching up a bit…your cheesecake is absolutely stunning and gorgeous! Wow.

  45. YUM! I am catching up on blog posts and this looks incredible, but I am not surprised. Everything you blog about looks incredible. Happy 2009!

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