Take your taste buds to the tropics, The rich coconut flavour of a pina colada livens up a cheesecake that's topped with sunny caramelized pineapple and served with a golden sauce.
- Portion size 16 servings
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- 1 1/2 cup vanilla wafer cookie crumbs (about 45 cookies)
- 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut toasted
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 pkg (each 8 oz/250 g) cream cheese softened
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) crushed pineapple drained
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 eggs
Pineapple Caramel Sauce:
- 2 cans (each 14 oz/398 mL) sliced pineapples
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
In bowl, stir cookie crumbs with coconut; stir in butter until moistened. Lightly grease 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan. Centre on square of heavy-duty foil; press to side of pan. Press mixture evenly into pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 15 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. Let cool on rack.
Filling: Meanwhile, in food processor, blend cream cheese until smooth. Add coconut cream, sugar, pineapple and vanilla; blend well. Add eggs; mix untiI just blended. Pour over crust.
Place pan in larger pan. Pour enough hot water into larger pan to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up sides. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until edge is set and centre is still jiggly. Turn off oven; let cheesecake cool in closed oven for 1 hour.
Peel foil from pan; let cool completely in pan on rack. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until chilled. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Remove pan side.
Pineapple Caramel Sauce: Meanwhile, drain pineapple juice into small saucepan; reserve slices. Heat juice over medium heat. In heavy saucepan, stir sugar with 1/3 cup (75 mL) water over medium heat until dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high; cover for 1 minute. Uncover and boil, without stirring, until pale caramel colour. Stirring constantly and averting face, slowly pour in hot juice; boil vigorously, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until reduced to 1-1/4 cups (300 mL).
Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or until thickened. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
Topping: Pat pineapple slices dry; arrange on rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar. Broil for 10 minutes or until golden and caramelized. Let cool. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.) Arrange overlapping slices on cheesecake. With spoon, drizzle sauce decoratively over each dessert plate; top with slice of cheesecake.
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 211 mg
- Protein 6 g
- Calories 418.0
- Total fat 25 g
- Cholesterol 103 mg
- Saturated fat 16 g
- Total carbohydrate 45 g
- Iron 9.0
- Folate 7.0
- Calcium 5.0
- Vitamin A 25.0
- Vitamin C 8.0