Recipe number 36660 is

Lavender - Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

The ingredients are:
MMMMMCRUST 1 1/2 cup Shortbread cookies, broken into small pieces 6 tbsp Unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup Granulated sugar 1 cup Fresh or frozen raspberries MMMMMWHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE 6 oz White chocolate, chopped into small pieces 4 tbsp Fresh lavender flowers *OR* 4 tsp Dried lavender flowers 1/2 cup Heavy cream MMMMMFILLING 3 package Cream cheese, 8oz each, softened 1 1/2 cup Granulated sugar 4 Eggs 2 tbsp Butter, melted 1 tsp Vanilla extract

The recipe yield is:
12 Servings

Try this cheesecake when you want an elegant, rich, impressive dessert. DIRECTIONS: FOR THE CRUST: Combine the cookies, butter and sugar in a food processor or blender and pulse to make fine crumbs. Press the crumbs into a parchment-lined, 9-inch springform pan. Spread the raspberries over the crust and refrigerate the crust until ready to use. FOR THE GANACHE: Place the chopped white chocolate in a medium bowl. Place the lavender on a square of cheesecloth. Bring the corners of the cheesecloth together and tie them securely with string to form a sachet. Place the sachet and cream in a heavy-bottomed 1-quart saucepan and bring the cream to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand for 2 minutes. Remove and discard the sachet and pour the hot cream over the white chocolate. Whisk the mixture until smooth, then set aside to thicken and cool to room temperature. FOR THE FILLING: In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix in the ganache until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Preheat the oven to 400øF. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325øF and bake for 30 minutes longer, or until the edges of the filling are firm and the center is still soft but not loose to the touch. Turn off the oven and open the door slightly. Cover the cake with a clean kitchen towel and allow it to cool for 1 hour in the oven. Remove the cheesecake and allow it to cool completely in a draft-free spot. Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Makes 12 to 16 slices. Source: Vince H. Steinman, Scottsdale, Arizona ** The Herb Companion ~- Jun/Jul 96 ** Scanned and formatted for you by The WEE Scot -- paul macGregor

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