Last week, Debbie, over at Mocha Me, posted a raspberry cream cheese pie that sounded quick, easy and tasty. It had a chocolate crumb crust, a layer of fresh raspberries, a baked cream cheese filling and a chocolate drizzle.
On the day I wanted to make the pie, we were snowed in with a foot of new snow so I had to improvise on some of the ingredients. The final result was excellent and I will be making this versatile recipe often, thank you Debbie!!
I didn't have raspberries, so I substituted some frozen dark sweet cherries and made a cooked filling to go under the cheesecake layer. I'm sure you could use almost any fresh, canned or cooked fruit under the cheesecake layer (it is a very user friendly recipe).
1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
Mix all ingredients and press into a 9" pie plate (no need to grease) and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes (I let mine cool for about 10).
2 cups of fruit (I used frozen dark sweet cherries cut in half).
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon almond extract
Cook the fruit & sugar together until it is tender (the fruit will make its own juice). While its simmering, stir in a slurry of 1 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water. Simmer until juices are very thick, remove from heat and stir in extract. Pour into bottom of crumb crust and set aside.
CREAM CHEESE LAYER
4 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together, add the lemon juice, vanilla and egg and beat until smooth. Pour over the fruit layer. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Let pie cool on a rack for about 30 minutes before you chill.
Mix ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips with ¼ cup heavy whipping cream and heat (over low heat) until the chocolate melts. Drizzle over baked pie. Chill pie for several hours.
NOTE: When chilled, this cuts beautifully.