Believe it or not, cheesecake is one of the easier desserts to make. There’s very little prep involved, and it isn’t ingredient-heavy, the only thing it takes is time.
Cheesecake with Cherry-Berry Topping (THM XO or S)
For the cheesecake:
- 4 8oz blocks cream cheese, softened
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2/3 c Swerve, or Gentle Sweet
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 3/4 c almond meal
- 1/4 c coconut flour
- 2 Tsp coconut oil
- 1 Tsp butter
- pinch of salt
- 1 c frozen strawberries
- 1/4 c frozen sweet cherries
- 1-2 Tsp Swerve, or Gentle Sweet
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the crust ingredients in a blender and process until everything is well incorporated. Spray a spring-form pan with coconut oil, and press the crust mixture firmly into the bottom. (I find it works best when I dampen my fingertips slightly to keep the crust from sticking to me.) Refrigerate until stiff, about 20-30 minutes.
Next, combine the ingredients for the cheesecake in a medium bowl with a hand mixer. Pour the mixture on top of the prepared crust. Prepare a different, deep pan (I used a 13×9) with about an inch or 2 of water in the bottom, and set it on the bottom rack of your oven. Then slide the cheesecake into the oven on the upper rack. The pan with water helps keep the cake moist and prevents cracking. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Remove the cake from the oven, and allow it to cool at room temperature until it’s cool to the touch, then place it in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
For the topping, combine everything except the xanthan gum in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the fruit begins to thaw, start to break it down with a wooden spoon. When it reaches your desired consistency, whisk in the xanthan gum and remove it from the heat. The xanthan gum will thicken the sauce more as it sits, so let it cool to room temperature before using.
NOTE* The cherries in the sauce pull it into crossover territory. If you want this dessert in full S mode, leave them out and only do berries.
When it’s all ready, take a slice of cheesecake and top it with a few tablespoons of the cherry-berry sauce. If you want to get real fancy, you can finish it with some fresh whipped cream.