Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Creamy Tiramisu Cheesecake - Taste of Home

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/3 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 2 whole crackers)
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 tablespoon hot water
1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 package (3 oz) ladyfingers , split
4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Baking cocoa

Brush bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with butter; sprinkle evenly with cracker crumbs. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 inches square). Securely wrap foil around pan.

Dissolve coffee granules in hot water; cool and set aside for filling. Combine brewed coffee and rum extract; brush over flat sides of split lady fingers. Arrange ladyfingers, rounded sides out, along sides of prepared pan.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the cream, sour cream, vanilla and dissolved coffee. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into prepared pan. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 inch of boiling water to larger pan.

Bake 325 degrees for 70-80 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove foil. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; loosen edges from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.

Remove rim from pan. Just before serving, dust cheesecake with cocoa.

Makes 12 servings.

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