As a newlywed 35 years ago..the only cheesecakes I ever made were no~ bake.I didn't know a thing about baking.
Yesterday was busy and I wanted to make a Pomegranate Cheesecake.
I went to the Pom Wonderful site and this recipe brought back a ton of memories.
I started with the one ingredient I never had back then..
I know the queen of Pomegranates..Jain.
Actually the Queen of All citrus:)
She really initiated me to buying MORE poms.While vacationing in Fl..I was the grateful recipient of some of her huge juicy beautiful garnet Poms:)
I can't see one without thinking of her of course.
I started by preparing my poms.
Then happily followed the very easy little recipe.
I love yogurt with poms..this is quite similar.Like a rich vanilla yogurt with poms and a graham cracker crust.
It will be difficult to not keep picking at it:)
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup arils from 1 large POM Wonderful
1 1/4-oz. package gelatin
1/2 cup water
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whipping cream
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix graham cracker crumbs thoroughly with melted butter.
3. Gently press crumbs into the bottom and up 1" of the sides of a 9" spring-form pan.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
5. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small saucepan. Let set for 5 minutes, then heat until gelatin has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
6. Mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in gelatin. Set aside.
7. Score 1 fresh pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)
8. Whip the cream until stiff. Gently but completely mix cream cheese and 1/2 cup pomegranate arils into the whipped cream.
9. Spoon into prepared, cooled crust. Smooth out the top.
10. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Can be made the day ahead.
11. To remove from pan, gently run a sharp knife around the inside of the pan, then open the pan.
12. Top with remaining pomegranate arils.
My notes..I halved the recipe..Made a smaller cheesecake..Just right.