Monday, July 2, 2012

Raspberry Pie Cheesecake

The raspberry patch in our backyard is producing berries faster than I can keep up with! I pick them every other day and I'm not able to keep up. I'm only half complaining. It's a good excuse to make delicious raspberry treats.

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Friday night we headed down to my parent's cabin, and with the overflow of raspberries, I had to make something with raspberries. I used my simple strawberry pie recipe, opting for a graham cracker crust and swapping strawberries for raspberries. Because raspberries are more tart than strawberries, I decided to top the pie with a layer of no-bake cheesecake. It was a delightful experiment!


Raspberry Pie Cheesecake

Crust
1 pkg. (2 cups) crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
1 stick butter, melted

Mix together crackers and sugar. Mix in butter and press into a 9x13 pan.

Pie Layer
2 pints of raspberries
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbs. cornstarch
3 oz. raspberry gelatin

Spread raspberries on the on top of the crust. Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a sauce pan. Add the water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the liquid becomes thick and clear. Remove from heat and stir in raspberry gelatin. Pour over the raspberries. Put in the refrigerator to cool.

Cheesecake Topping
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 small pkg. lemon gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1 can evaporated milk

Open the can of evaporated milk and place in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the cheesecake topping. Cream together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Set aside. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add cold water and place in the refrigerator until syrupy. Remove the evaporated milk from the freezer and pour into a large bowl. Mix at medium speed until fluffy and frothy. On low speed, mix in lemon gelatin mixture and cream cheese mixture until well combined. Pour over the raspberry pie layer and return to refrigerator.

We still have a steady stream of raspberries coming, so you'll likely be getting a couple more raspberry recipes from me!

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While I was out picking, this guy was exploring the backyard.

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