Monday, May 27, 2013

Pina Colada Cheesecake

Prep : 40 Minutes      Bake :1-1/4 hour + cooling    Serves 12

15              shortbread cookies , crushed
1                cup flaked coconut, toasted
3                tablespoons butter , melted
3                packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
3/4             cup sugar
3/4             cup cream of coconut
3                tablespoons 2% milk
3/4             teaspoon rum extract
3                eggs lightly beaten
1/2            fresh pineapple , peeled and cored
3               tablespoons apple jelly
                     **Edible blossoms, optional** 

1 .       Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
2 .       In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and coconut; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
3 .       In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the cream of coconut, milk and extract. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
4 .       Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
5 .        Thinly slice pineapple; arrange on cheesecake. Warm apple jelly; brush over pineapple. Refrigerate until chilled. Just before serving, garnish with blossoms if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.

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