Creamy Cheesecake with Pomegranate Topping

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Creamy Cheesecake with Pomegranate Topping
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Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 9, 5 X 2.5 crackers)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

Filling:

  • 2 8-ounce containers whipped cream cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Topping:

  • Seeds from 2 pomegranates
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoon sugar

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 350'F. In a 9-1/2 inch springform pan place crust ingredients and with fingers, blend until combined well. Press mixture evenly over bottom and 3/4 inch up side of pan.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat filling ingredients on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of oven 20 minutes, or until cheesecake is just set in center. (Cake will continue to set as it cools.) Transfer cake in pan to a rack and cool, about 3 hours.

Place juice in a 1 cup liquid measure and add water. Sprinkle gelatin over pomegranate juice and let stand 1 minute to soften gelatin. Follow the 3-STEP NO-MESS PROCESS to remove the seeds from the pomegranates.

Transfer gelatin mixture to a small saucepan. Add sugar and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into a bowl and set bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water, stirring mixture gently until it is cold and slightly thickend but not set. Stir in pomegranate seeds and spoon topping onto chilled cheesecake. Chill cake until topping is set, about 1 hour. Remove side of pan and serve chilled.

Source: California Pomegranates