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Pomegranate Cheesecake

Makes: 16 servings
Prep 50 mins Cool 2 hrs Chill 4 hrs Bake 350°F 10 mins Bake 325°F1 hr 15 mins
Pomegranate Cheesecake
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 4  eggs
  • 1 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 4 8  ounce packages  cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4  cup plus 1/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1  tablespoon plus 1 tsp.  vanilla
  • 1 16  ounce carton  sour cream
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 1/2  cups  pomegranate seeds
  • 1 16  ounce  bottle pomegranate juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until combined. Add 1 egg; beat well. Beat in 1-1/4 cups flour until combined. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate one portion.

2. Spread unrefrigerated dough half on bottom of ungreased 10-inch springform pan with sides removed, spreading dough to edges. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely. When cool, attach sides of pan. Press chilled dough onto sides to a height of 1-3/4 inches, using a thin metal spatula to spread dough.

3. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. For filling, in an extra-large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in the remaining flour on low speed until smooth. Add remaining 3 eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla all at once, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup sour cream, the lemon peel, and 3/4 cup of the pomegranate seeds.

4. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 65 minutes or until edges are puffed and center jiggles slightly when gently shaken. Remove from oven.

5. Stir together remaining sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Spread sour cream mixture over top of baked cheesecake. Return to oven; bake for 10 minutes more. Remove from oven. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen crust from sides of pan. Cool for 30 minutes more. Remove sides of pan; cool completely. Cover; chill 4 hours or overnight.

6. For sauce, in a medium saucepan bring pomegranate juice to boiling; reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, until reduced to 1 cup (10 to 12 minutes). Stir together 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add to juice. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Transfer to a medium bowl; cover surface with clear plastic wrap. Cool to room temperature. Store, covered, in refrigerator until serving time.

7. Remove cheesecake and Pomegranate Sauce from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Spoon some sauce over top of cheesecake; pile remaining 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds in center of cheesecake. To serve, slice cheesecake. Pass remaining sauce. Makes 16 servings.

From the Test KitchenTest Kitchen Tip:
  • Spoon sour cream mixture on the puffed edges, then carefully spread toward the center.
Blogger Variation by Bee Yinn Low of Rasa Malaysia
  • For Bee's version, omit the pomegranate seeds from the cheesecake mixture.
Nutrition Facts (Pomegranate Cheesecake)
  • Servings Per Recipe 16,
  • cal. (kcal) 490,
  • Fat, total (g) 33,
  • chol. (mg) 143,
  • sat. fat (g) 20,
  • carb. (g) 42,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 9,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • sugar (g) 29,
  • pro. (g) 8,
  • vit. A (IU) 1166,
  • vit. C (mg) 4,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 40,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 246,
  • Potassium (mg) 219,
  • calcium (mg) 91,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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