How to make it

  • If you are making your own cherry filling rather than using ready made then do that first. Combine the cherries along with any juice, the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil and cook for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile combine the cornstarch with enough water to make a slurry and add to the cherries and cook a few minutes longer till the mixture thickens. Set it aside to cool a bit while you make the rest of the layers.
  • For the base combine the flour sugar and vanilla sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine; add the butter which is cool and has been cut into cubes and pulse till it is in small bits. Feel the dough and give it a squeeze and see how it holds together, if you need to you can add a tbsp of water and pulse again to combine. Put the dough (it is quite crumbly)into a springform pan (mine is 9"). Press the dough into the pan and about 11/2 inches up the sides.
  • Put the cream cheese, the sugar, the egg and the vanilla into the bowl of the food processor (don't have to clean it from the previous step)and run the machine till all is combined and creamy. Spread into the pan and smooth the top.
  • Put the cherry filling over the cream cheese filling-it's ok if it is still a little warm and sprinkle with the streusel topping or use sliced almonds or nothing at all.
  • Place in a preheated 450F oven and bake for 10 minutes then turn the oven to 400F and bake for 25 to 30 minutes more.
  • Let cool to room temperature or serve slightly warm.
  • Streusel Topping(this makes way more than you need for this cake but it keeps well and then you don't have to make it again next time!)3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup butter. Combine the dry ingredients and then cut in the butter till crumbly. Keep in the fridge or freezer and use as needed-it also makes a good topping for fruit crisps.

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    " It was excellent "
    princessthunder ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    jlv1023 ate it and said...
    What a fabulous recipe, it looks so good and sounds even better.
    Can't wait to make this,

    Thanks for the 5 Fork Posting
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  • pieplate 9 years ago
    This sounds good from the ground up. I bet you can get away with ricotta cheese, processed smooth, for the cheese layer. Niiice crust recipe, btw--and I see that you get the packets of vanilla sugar! I haven't seen those since I was an exchange student in Munich! No, seriously, you might want to send the crust recipe to some groups, like Pate Brisee Sucre.

    And, thank you so much for the rating on my salad dressing. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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    " It was excellent "
    pinkpasta ate it and said...
    I'm sure this is as delicious as it is gorgeous! I've never seen anything like it.
    A must bake!
    Holding 5 forks up for you!
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  • grandmacooks 9 years ago
    Sounds delicious!
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    jett2whit ate it and said...
    Oh yum! I love cheesecake and cherry pie. Great combo.
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  • toleliz 9 years ago
    I just made this cake again and I noticed that my bag of frozen cherries contained 4 cups so I edited the recipe. I buy cherries when the grocery store gets them in stock in July. They come in large white buckets with or without sugar and they are already pitted. Mine are unsweetened and I divide the bucket evenly and freeze the cherries in zip lock bags in 4 cup portions.
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Very nice, dear.
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    auntybea ate it and said...
    This looks lovely!
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