Marbled Cranberry Cheesecake with Goat Cheese

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No one, and I mean no one, loves cheesecake more than my dad. I have no idea why because the man doesn’t even like cheese. WHA!! Yes, I know. He doesn’t like cheese. It’s the oddest thing in the entire world, but his favorite dessert of them all—and he loves mostly everything sweet—is cheesecake.

He’s extremely critical about cheesecake because he eats a lot of it. As I was recipe testing this here cheesecake, I’d send him photos throughout the process and he’d remark skeptically, giving his harsh criticisms and recommendations. Mostly I think it’s just funny that he takes cheesecake so seriously.

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I’m not sure how this will live up to my dad’s cheesecake expectations, but I loved it. It’s perfectly tart; the texture is smooth; and the chocolate crust gives it a nice decadent element. The marble topping is kinda pretty, quickly making it the favorite at a holiday dessert table…or, to you know, eat by yourself by the Christmas tree. And while marbling anything may seem a bit difficult, it’s actually pretty easy.

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The one thing I hate about making cheesecake is a using a damn springform pan. They’re insanely frustrating, flawed in how their made. Most of them leak, which means, water comes in when you bake it in a water bath. The solution to this for many, is baking a cheesecake in a cake pan. With this though, because of the pretty top, I needed to use a spring form pan (I had one anyway). The solution was to wrap the entire bottom in a few sheets of foil. No water seeping through!

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One thing I learned about marbling is this: if you want tighter swirls, use a smaller skewer to swirl the cranberry sauce around. If you want bigger swirls (I did), use a larger skewer and get messy with it. I promise it’ll look pretty regardless.

And that’s really it!

My dad is making this recipe this weekend. Hopefully he’ll leave a comment with the results.

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Marbled Cranberry Cheesecake with Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 nine-inch cheesecake

Marbled Cranberry Cheesecake with Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • *1 1/4 cups (about 16 cookies) chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 5 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (from about 1/2 naval orange)
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, sugar, salt and melted butter. Dump the crust mixture into a nine-inch (10-cup) springform pan and press evenly onto the bottom of the pan until packed tightly. Transfer to the oven to bake for 8 minutes (unfortunately since the crumbs are so dark you can’t really tell when they’ve toasted so it’s important to pay attention to the clock). Remove from the oven and cool completely before adding the filling. Wrap the bottom of the spring form pan in a few sheets of foil and set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, using a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and goat cheese. Whip until smooth and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Next, mix in the sugar. With the machine one, add the eggs, one at a time, waiting until each egg is incorporated before adding the next one. Lastly, mix in the salt and vanilla extract.
  3. In a small saucepan, add the cranberries, white granulated sugar, water, orange zest and salt. Cook over medium heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the cranberries become soft. Press the cranberries with a back of a spoon or spatula and cook for an additional minute until they’re softened. Pour the mixture through a medium-mesh sieve, pressing the cranberries to release any excess juice. The mixture should resemble a loose jam—it’ll thicken as it cools. Transfer to a squeeze bottle. (If you don’t have a squeeze bottle, then no biggie, just transfer it to a measuring cup with a spout—it’ll be easier to pour.)
  4. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the springform pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Make sure it reaches the edge of the pan. Make little dollops of cranberry sauce all over the surface of the cream cheese. Take a skewer or popsicle stick and run it through the dollops creating a marbling effect. Make it as messy or neat as you like. Place the springform pan in a roasting pan, or another pan that’s as big. Transfer to the rack of the oven and fill up the roasting pan with about 2 inches of water. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until it looks set, yet it’s still a bit wobbly in the center. Place on a cooling rack for 30 minutes and then place it in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours. (I let it set overnight.) Slice it up and serve.

Notes

*I used Nabisco famous chocolate wafers, found at most grocery stores. I blitzed them in a food processor until totally crumby.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Baby June December 10, 2014 at 1:54 am

Wow, that sounds amazing! love the use of goat cheese, very interesting :)

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Arthur in the Garden! December 10, 2014 at 9:29 am

Yummy!

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Kirsty @ Ever So Sweet December 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

I’m absolutely loving cranberries this year so this sounds delicious! I made cranberry curd for presents last night and I think that would work swirled in to the cheesecake mixture :)

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Susan P December 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

I really want to make this, however, do you taste the goat cheese or does it just add tartness? My daughter and I love goat cheese, but my husband abhors it. If you don’t taste it, I can get away with it as long as he’s not around when I pull it together.

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Adrianna Adarme December 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

It just adds tartness. No one will be able to tell it has goat cheese. You can definitely get away with it! Muahahah.

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erin {yummy supper} December 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

Damn woman. I am so feeling that beautiful marbled top. Gorgeous!!
And how funny is that that your dad loves cheesecake but hates cheese?
Hope all’s well with you, my friend. Happiest of holidays!
xoxo
E

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit December 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm

This cheesecake looks epic. Goat cheese is for lovers.

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francesca December 11, 2014 at 12:36 am

Springform or not – this is gorgeous. Tangy goat cheese ? I’m into it. Hope your dad was too :)

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Jen D. December 11, 2014 at 7:43 am

I’m not the most appreciative cheesecake fan (don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely eat a slice!), but I love tortes and mousse cakes, etc. I found the BEST splurgey springform pan ever – – it’s got a ceramic base and a silicone side that just peels right off after you take out the handy spoke that clips the two ends together. They have different sizes, and they work GREAT! No leaks. Check it out: http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1221951/Lekue+Silicone+Springform+Pan

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

That cranberry swirl is the prettiest!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Hahaha that is hilarious that your dad hates cheese but his favorite thing is cheesecake. Sounds like my boyfriend’s father who is OBSESSED with carrot cake and it’s his “specialty” and refuses any criticism. I did not want to tell him that it was dry and not sweet enough :( Anyway, I’m lactose intolerant so for me to enjoy a cheesecake it has to be REALLY good cheesecake. I always lean towards a goat cheese cheesecake because of the tartness and this recipe is easily going to be worth all the pain. Just kidding, but really haha.

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Hari Chandana December 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

What a gorgeous cake.. looks absolutely tempting and perfect.. thanks for the wonderful recipe! :)

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 12, 2014 at 6:30 am

I adore goat cheese and have made a goat cheese cheesecake before but I must revisit it. Sounds great with cranberry.

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autumn December 15, 2014 at 9:13 am

This sounds like a combo of such awesome tartness w/ the goat cheese and cranberries! Plus, it’s damn pretty.

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Laura January 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm

I tried making the cranberry sauce mixture, and when I tasted it and it was extremely sour and tasteless. I do believe there was a mistake in the amount of sugar to put in it. It calls for a quarter of a tablespoon didn’t sound right from the start. Everything else about this recipe is delightful, can’t wait to take a bite.

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Adrianna Adarme January 16, 2015 at 9:31 am

AHH! It was supposed to read 1/4 cup of sugar. Apologies for that. Having said that, it shouldn’t make too big of a difference it terms of flavor at the end since it’s just the swirl part. Please let me know how it tastes! Apologies a million times over.

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