What is better than a citrus flavored cheesecake? This home made cheesecake is wonderful. Lime and rum are the special added ingredients along with a pretzel crust that make your next dessert extra special. This recipe was contributed by Susanna Freeman.
Margarita cheesecake has the flavor of lime and a hint of tequila.
- 24 ounces cream cheese
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 1 1/2 ounces rum extract
- 2 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 ounces melted butter
- 3 cups whipping Cream
- 2 teaspoons of lemon and lime zest not necessary but makes it so so pretty
For the crust...combine pretzels, sugar, and butter in pan.....press to make the crust and press it up the sides of a springform pan. The crust will not be solid, but it will hold just fine.
The Cheesecake Filling
Mix cream cheese on low speed until softened then add remaining ingredients except eggs. Mix slightly.... does not have to be creamy...just to mix. Then add eggs...one at a time blending until mixed. Be careful not to over mix...you want a light cheesecake. Can have lumps in it, as the lumps will melt down during baking. Put a water bath with very hot water beneath the cheesecake and bake for one hour at 300 degrees. At the end of the hour.. turn off oven and leave in oven for 8 hours. Do not open oven door. It will set and finish baking on it's own. The water bath will keep it from cracking and it will be moist and light. When cool, loosen sides of cake from pan...remove sides of pan.
Whip the cream topping...(I personally add a little sugar to sweeten the cream more...just a couple tablespoons will do as you don't want it too sweet). Combine lemon and lime zest and fold into whipped cream. Place topping on top of cheesecake. I also take a little extra zest and sprinkle on top of cream...