Cheesecake ranks right up there with
brownies, ice cream and chocolate chip cookies as one of America's favorite
desserts. In Bon Appetit magazine's most recent reader survey, cheesecake topped
the list of dessert favorites, followed by creme brulee and fresh fruit.
Cherry Swirled Cheesecake
1 1/4 C. chocolate cookie crumbs
1/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. margarine, melted
1 can (21 oz.) more-fruit cherry pie filling
1 t. grated orange rind
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, room temperature
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C. lemon juice
1 t. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Combine crumbs, sugar and margarine; press firmly on bottom of 9-inch springform
In blender, puree pie filling until smooth; add orange rind.
In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened
condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well.
Pour half of batter into pan; top with 1/2 cup puree. Repeat layering. With
knife, swirl puree into cheese mixture.
Bake in preheated oven 50 to 55 minutes or until center is set.
Cool; chill. Serve with remaining puree. Refrigerate leftovers.