Passion Fruit Cheesecake

My husband and I have two Valentine celebrations. We set aside one evening prior to the holiday and go to our favorite tapas restaurant by ourselves. On Valentine’s Day itself we always have a nice dinner at home with our children. My husband usually choses the menu. He likes to grill lamb or beef and I cook the sides and make dessert. Occasionally I makes something chocolate, but usually I bake a custard, mold a cheese, or make a cheesecake. This year I have been experimenting with passion fruit and have come up with a cheesecake that my husband loves. It is crustless, and because it is baked in a water bath, the texture is smooth and creamy. Passion fruit is slightly tart with pineapple overtones that pair well with cheesecake. If it is too rich on its own for you, feel free to top it with whipped cream or drizzle it with a little caramel as I have done in the picture below. I use a frozen passion fruit purée that is thicker than passion fruit juice; if you can only access passion fruit juice you may need to add a little more flour, or some cornstarch, to the batter so the cheesecake will be firm. This tastes best if made the day before serving.

Passion Fruit Cheesecake
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
3 large eggs
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. passion fruit purée
2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. lime zest
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1/8 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil 5 cups water for the water bath. Butter a deep dish 9-inch pie plate and set aside. In a food processor combine cream cheese and eggs and pulse until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Pour batter into prepared dish. Place a large roasting pan in the oven and place the cheesecake in it. Add enough of the boiling water to the roasting pan to reach half way up the pie plate. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the cheesecake is firm to the touch. Cool on rack. Chill overnight before serving. Serves 8.

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2 Responses to Passion Fruit Cheesecake

  1. Sue B says:

    Yum. Judy everything you post is excellent. Yum. Thanks for the recipe.

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