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Crème Fraîche Cheesecake with Apple Cardamom Compote

November 10, 2015
4 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
  • Makes one 9-inch round cheesecake
Author Notes

The combination of cream cheese, goat cheese, and crème fraîche yields an impossibly light cheesecake (and a stage for any seasonal fruit you want to use). Apples and cardamom work especially well as a complement to the cake's creaminess and tang. Adapted slightly from Melissa Clark's Crème Fraîche Cheesecake. —Samantha Weiss Hills

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1 1/2 cups crème fraîche
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 large, red-skinned apples, chopped
  • 1/4 tablespoon ground cardamom, plus more to taste
  1. To make the cheesecake, heat the oven to 325°F. Wrap the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with foil and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and goat cheese until very smooth. Add the 1/2 cup of sugar and continue beating until no lumps remain. Beat in the crème fraîche, vanilla, and pepper. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions, and beat until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 250°F and bake until the cake is just set (it will still wobble a little in the middle), 45 to 60 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. While the cheesecake is cooling, make the apple cardamom compote. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add the apples, cardamom, and sugar, and then cover three-quarters of the apples with water. Cook the liquid in the pan until the compote reduces by half and comes together, about 45 minutes. Set aside until the cheesecake is ready to serve.
  5. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake from the pan before removing and serving with the apple compote.

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  • Tiffany Castiglione
    Tiffany Castiglione
  • Kt4
  • Samantha Weiss Hills
    Samantha Weiss Hills
  • IslandJulia

7 Reviews

Tiffany C. December 20, 2022
Why add pepper? Can peppermint be used too?
Kt4 December 14, 2015
Any thoughts for using something other than goat cheese? I'm distinctly not a fan.
IslandJulia November 19, 2015
thanks so much! I'm planning to make this on Saturday.
IslandJulia November 19, 2015
I second the comment re: adding the weights of the ingredients - that would be awfully helpful.
Linda November 18, 2015
This recipe looks soooo delicious. Could you post the weights of the cream cheese, goat cheese and maybe even the crème fraiche? That would make it easier to shop for and make. Thanks!
Samantha W. November 19, 2015
Hi! I think the following approximations would work—feel free to let me know if you find differently!

1 1/2 cups cream cheese - 12 ounces
1/2 cup goat cheese - 4 ounces
1 1/2 cups crème fraîche - 13 ounces
Linda November 19, 2015
Samantha - Thanks for the weights. This will make shopping and preparing so much easier.