Friday, December 16, 2011

White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

My New Favorite!!

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another one I made recently for someone

Baking cheesecakes is my most favorite thing to do in the kitchen. I love to bake  them because they are easy yet elegant and there are so many flavor possibilities with just minor ingredient changes. This one turned out really, really good, too! The vanilla beans add a wonderful flavor! but I definitely need to look for a place to purchase them for a more reasonable price before we have this one too much. Anyone have suggestions as to where I might find them for a better price?

 I invited a friend over for the grand taste test and she was pleased with the flavor and texture as well, so I know it isn't just in my head.☺ The fresh berries compliment it perfectly! (we also ate blueberries with it) It was a lovely forenoon at my dining room table! Thanks Marie for coming!☺

Crust Ingredients:
1 pkg. graham crackers, finely crushed
60 Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
1 stick butter, melted

Mix well and press into bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 inch Springform pan (sprayed with non stick spray). Bake @ 300° for 7 minutes. Allow to cool.

Cake ingredients:
11 ounces Ghiradelli White Chocolate Chips
5 (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temp.
1 cup sugar
5 eggs, room temperature, slightly beaten
fresh squeezed lemon juice, ½ of a lemon, room temp.
contents of 2 Vanilla Beans

16 oz. sour cream
¼ cup sugar
contents of 1 Vanilla Bean

Stir together well!

In a large mixer bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar and beat until fluffy and creamy. Scrape down sides as needed. Meanwhile melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, allow to cool slightly.  Add chocolate, lemon juice and vanilla bean scrapings (slit the bean open and scrape contents out with a small spoon) to the cream cheese mixture. In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg then add to the rest of the batter and mix until combined. Scraping down sides and mixing again. Do not over beat! Pour into prepared crust, place Springform pan on a baking sheet, and bake @ 300° for 1 hour. Turn oven heat off and prop the door open with a wooden spoon handle. Leave cheesecake in the oven for another 40 minutes, then put topping on and return to oven for another 20 minutes with the door closed. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before refrigerating overnight. Remove from pan and serve.


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  1. Yum - I think this could be my new favorite too!

  2. That looks like the perfect cheesecake!! I'm sure that vanilla bean in it adds a lot of flavor. I don't know why they have to be so pricey:(

  3. Oh my, this looks and sounds amazing! I can see why this has become a favorite!

  4. It's beautiful! Wish I could taste a bite!

  5. It looks incredibly yummy! I love cheesecake.

  6. That looks super yummy! can i have a piece?!

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  7. Yummy! Looking forward to trying this recipe.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  8. yes, this really is beautiful and delicious - a perfect holiday dessert - thanks for sharing this!
    Mary x

  9. yummy my son in law loves cheesecake and this one looks like it would be a pleaser thanks for sharing come see what I shared at

  10. I thought your lemon cheesecake a few weeks ago was lovely. You've outdone yourself here! It's so tall!
    Thanks for sharing with See Ya In the Gumbo.

  11. Vanilla Bean is my FAVORITE kind of cheesecake. I'm sure this would quickly become my new favorite!

    Stopping by from Sweet Tooth Friday

  12. Thank you all! I love experimenting with cheesecakes! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Your cheesecake looks beautiful! I love the idea of the vanilla wafer crust instead of graham crackers. I'll bet it's delicious! I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  14. Sounds like perfection. I would love some now with a 2nd cup of coffee. I hope your Christmas is magical. Hugs from Bacon Time.

  15. This looks absolutely wonderful, I'm adding it to my favorites so that I can try it out after vacation. Thanks for sharing...Kathi

  16. I can't exactly say that I love MAKING cheesecakes, but I CAN say that I love eating them. ;)

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    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  17. They look delicious and beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!
    Rainey @ The Project Table

  18. Your cheesecake looks delicious and gorgeous, and I LOVE that sour cream topping. Perfection!

    With all the activities and festivities of this past week, I'm really touched and appreciative that you took the time to be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..".


  19. Congrats! You were featured on this last week's Themed Baker's Sunday. Please come back this week where the theme is cookies!
    Cupcake Apothecary