White Chocolate Grand Marnier Cheesecake

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 10m

Makes 8 servings

Andreas Schwarzer is the pastry chef at the Banff Springs Hotel. Trained in his native Germany, he has become a skilled master of his craft. He operates from a special kitchen designed for the preparation of his own creations. The following recipe for a white chocolate cheesecake is one of the most popular desserts at the resort.

ingredients

  • For Crust:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • For Filling:
  • 14 ounces Cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice of 1 orange and the zest, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 5 ounces white chocolate
  • For the Meringue:
  • 1/3 cup egg whites (2 large whites)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • For the Garnish:
  • 16 mandarin orange sections
  • 1 cup white chocolate shavings

directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter an 8-inch springform pan.

TO MAKE CRUST: In a mixing bowl, blend together the butter and the graham cracker crumbs and press that mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

TO MAKE FILLING: In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and confectioner's sugar. In another mixing bowl, blend together the eggs, orange juice, orange zest, and Grand Marnier. Add the Grand Marnier mixture to the cream cheese mixture and blend all of those ingredients together. In a bowl, over simmering water, melt the white chocolate and add it to the Grand Marnier and cream cheese mixture. The result is the basic batter.

TO MAKE MERINGUE: In a bowl, whip the egg whites until foamy, add the sugar, and continue whipping until the whites start to stand in peaks. Fold the meringue into the basic batter, and pour the result over the graham cracker crust.

Bake the cheesecake for 35-40 minutes. When the cake comes out, let it cool completely in the pan on a rack. When it is fully cooled, remove it from the pan and slice it into 8 pieces. The knife is dipped into hot water between each slice to keep the blade from sticking to the cake. Each slice of cake is decorated with two mandarin orange sections and garnished with white chocolate shavings.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.

RecID 3336

nutrition information per serving

543 calories; 39g total fat; 118mg cholesterol; 305mg sodium; 45g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 10g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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