peaches and cheesecake = the perfect end to summer
Sooner or later summer must come to an end. At the same time, we can still enjoy the last of the summers’s fresh fruit. Peaches are one of my favorite treats of summer. We have been gobbling them up and grilling them every chance that we get. As I was dreaming up my latest dinner party dessert, I immediately thought of peaches and cheesecake! Whenever I have new people coming to dinner, a safe bet for dessert is cheesecake. Cheesecake is frequently served at my house because everybody loves it! I love the fact that I can make dessert the day before the party and have it all tucked away and ready to serve.
show stopping topping coming right up!
I have made many cheesecakes over the years, but the one that is requested the most is plain vanilla with a graham cracker crust. Of course that is easy to deliver, but the fun part comes when the topping can be reimagined. To demonstrate this very idea, all you have to do is think of peaches! As I was slicing up the fresh and juicy peaches, I decided to saute them for the perfect end of summer cheesecake topping. The peaches on their own would be mouthwatering, but I wanted them to be a part of a show stopping topping.
raspberry peach liqueur???? tell me more!!!
My mind started to think of a liqueur that would enhance the fresh peach flavor. Grand Marnier makes the most delicious liqueur, specifically a raspberry peach flavored one. I sauteed the peaches with the liqueur and a squinch of brown sugar. The perfect peach slices had caramelized to a syrupy sweetness. The combination of the flavors was the perfect match for the creamy vanilla cheesecake. In fact, my plain vanilla cheesecake has never been happier! And my dinner guests agreed.Print
Just Peachy Cheesecake
The only thing that can make a rich and creamy vanilla cheesecake any better is a fresh peach and raspberry peach liqueur topping!
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes + cooling times
- Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
- Yield: 9" cheesecake 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: oven
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks of melted butter
32 oz room temperature cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 TB vanilla
2 cups sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
3 TB sugar
7–8 fresh peaches peeled and sliced
3 TB Grand Marnier raspberry peach liqueur
2 TB brown sugar
In a large bowl combine crust ingredients. Pat into the bottom and unevenly up the sides of a 9′ spring form pan. Refrigerate while you are mixing the filling ingredients.
Beat the cream cheese for 3-4 minutes until light and creamy
Add sugar and vanilla and beat for 1-2 minutes
Add egg and beat just until incorporated
Pour cheesecake filling in prepared pan
Bake in 375 degree oven for 35 minutes The top of the cheesecake should look set
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes
Raise oven temperature to 405 degrees
Combine first topping ingredients (sour cream, sugar, and vanilla) in a small bowl
Carefully spread over cheesecake, making sure to completely cover the top
Bake for 10 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool
Store in the refrigerator overnight
Prepare the second topping (peaches, liqueur, and brown sugar) on the day you will be serving the cheesecake:
Saute the peaches, raspberry peach liqueur, and brown sugar on medium heat for 3-4 minutes
Carefully layer the sauteed peaches around the edge of cheesecake
Remove from springform and serve