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Wednesday Recipes--Carrot-Raisin Cheesecake




Better than it sounds...do you ever look at a recipe and think, "nah, that doesn't sound good." So. you put off trying it for years, but then another day, you think, "why not, I'll try it."


Recipes may be a lot like life. Sometimes, we're just not ready for a certain challenge or idea, and then later, we are. As a Christian, I believe God places these nudges in our lives because He knows when we're ready.


Carrot and Raisin Cheesecake


Crust:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter, melted


Combine crumbs, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees, 10 minutes. Let cool. (Hint: I line the pan with parchment paper so I can easily remove the cake in the end).


Cheesecake layer:

3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened (I put these out on the counter in the am, make the cheesecake in the pm)

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup flour + ¼ cup flour

4 eggs

¼ cup orange juice

1 cup finely shredded carrot

¼ cup raisins

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground ginger


Combine 2 ½ packages of cream cheese, granulated sugar, and ¼ cup flour, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in juice. Add combined remaining flour, carrots, raisins, and spices mix well. Pour over crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees; continue baking 55 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan.

Chill.


Topping:

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 cup confectioner’s sugar


Combine remaining cream cheese and juice, mixing until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing until well blended. Spread over top of cheesecake. Garnish with additional raisins and finely shredded carrot, if desired.


10 to 12 servings   Preparation time: 30 minutes plus chilling; Baking time: 1 hour 5 minutes


I hope you're having a wonderful week--Blessings!

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