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Unbaked Cheesecake with Homemade Cherry Sauce

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Prep Time - 30mins
Cook Time - 15mins

Ingredients

Cherry Sauce:

4 cups sweet cherries, pitted

1/4 to 1/3 cup water

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp sugar

 

Graham Cracker Crust:

1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup margarine, softened

¼ cup sugar

 

Filling:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Unbaked Cheesecake with Homemade Cherry Sauce

Directions

Cherry Sauce:

1. In a medium saucepan (off the heat), add water (use 1/3 cup for fresh cherries and 1/4 cup water for frozen cherries). Whisk in 1 Tbsp cornstarch, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp sugar.

2. Place over medium heat and whisk constantly until the mixture starts to thicken.

3. Add cherries and cook stirring occasionally until sauce is at a light boil (about 6-10 minutes for fresh cherries and 12-15 minutes for frozen). The sauce should be thickened and uniformly bubbling, not just at the edges, then remove from heat.

4. Cool to room temperature then cover and store in the refrigerator in a glass mason jar or Tupperware container until ready to use. It will thicken more as it stands.

Cheesecake:

1. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, margarine, and sugar in a bowl until well incorporated and crumbly. Press into a pie plate, going up the sides as much as possible.

2. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth and spreadable. Whisk whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until smooth. Pour cream cheese into prepared crust. Smooth the top with a spatula, and refrigerate until firm, about 2 to 3 hours. Spread the cherry sauce over the top, and refrigerate until serving.

Servings: 12

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