Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cranberry Topping for Cheesecake

This cranberry topping is full of seasonal flavors, orange, cinnamon, nuts and of course cranberries. I think any crust would be good, graham cracker, pastry or shortbread, homemade or store bought. I used the Small Cheesecake recipe here (minus the sour cream layer) and a store bought graham cracker crust. This recipe as written filled the pie to the top. Make your favorite cheesecake and decorate it with this colorful holiday topping!
The topping can be made a day or two in advance and gets thicker after it's chilled. If you're making a large cheesecake or a couple smaller ones use the whole bag and just double the recipe. Leftover topping would be great with ice cream or with turkey, chicken or pork (basically anything you'd eat cranberry sauce with).

Cranberry Topping for Cheesecake
1 1/2 C fresh or frozen cranberries, picked through and rinsed
Juice of one orange
1/4 + 1/8 C sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon-more if you'd like
1/4 + 1/8 C chopped nuts-your choice walnuts or pecans
  1. Place everything except nuts in pot, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook until the berries pop.
  2. Add nuts and remove from heat. Let cool and top cheesecake.
Tip: When cranberries pop the red color can splatter and stain things. I like to use a potato masher and try to pop them under the liquid.

17 comments:

  1. This looks like a perfect dessert along with pumpkin pie. One should have choices!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. This would be a really nice dessert for Thanksgiving, Lynn. It really is pretty too.

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  3. Love this idea Lynn! Perfect for a holiday cheesecake!

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  4. Just found your blog. Love it! Who would eat pumpkin pie when Tar heel pie was served. YUM!

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  5. I would eat this without the cake.

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  6. Sounds soooo good! Can't wait to try it.

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  7. This looks awesome. To bad my husband hates cranberries. I could make it and take it to share over coffee with my friends. Who says I have to make it only for him anyway. LOL

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  8. Yum! I've really had the taste for cheesecake lately, too!

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. We love cheesecake at our house and the yummy cranberry topping makes it perfect for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration!

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  10. Well those cranberries just take the cheesecake over the top!! The topping just makes a boring looking cheesecake so colorful and perfect for an ending to a great meal. I can't wait to try it.

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  11. Lynn~ Your topping looks wonderful on your cheesecake and I could eat it alone by the spoonful!

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  12. What a great idea Lynn. I just bought some cranberries.
    Sam

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  13. Thanks for the splatter tip. I just bought a bag, 'cause they were a dollar. I had no idea what to do with them. This sounds easy and great! Do you have any other cranberry recipes?

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  14. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from the Mix it up Monday blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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  15. Oh my! This sounds wonderful and is so festive. I would probably eat it on biscuits too :-)

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  16. Lynn, I scrolled through all your posts that I've missed and now I am soooo hungry! lol! The tater tots, meastballs and now this cheesecake ...have mercy!

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