Pineapple Cheesecake Recipe: Tropical Delight in Every Bite

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Hello, dessert lovers! 🌟 If you’re searching for a delightful dessert that combines a creamy cheesecake with the tropical sweetness of pineapple, you’re in for a treat. This Pineapple Cheesecake is not only easy to make but also a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Let’s dive into this heavenly recipe!

Introduction

Cheesecake is a classic dessert that has been loved for centuries, originating from ancient Greece. This Pineapple Cheesecake adds a tropical twist to the traditional recipe, making it perfect for summer gatherings or a refreshing treat any time of the year. My fondest memory of this dessert is when my grandmother made it for family reunions, filling the house with its sweet, fruity aroma. Each bite brings back those cherished moments, and I’m thrilled to share this recipe with you.

Ingredients

To prepare this comforting Pineapple Cheesecake, you’ll need:

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 🍪
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 🍚
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 🧈

F or the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened 🧀
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 🍚
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 🌿
  • 3 large eggs 🥚
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, well-drained 🍍

For the Pineapple Topping:

  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained 🍍
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 🍚
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 🌽
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 🍋

How to Make Pineapple Cheesecake

Follow these steps to create your own delicious Pineapple Cheesecake:

1: Prepare the Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter until combined.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, then let it cool completely.

2: Make the Cheesecake Filling

  1. In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add granulated sugar and vanilla extract, beat until well combined.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Fold in well-drained crushed pineapple.

 3: Assemble and Bake

  1. Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust, spreading evenly.
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the center is set and edges are lightly golden.
  3. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

 4: Prepare the Pineapple Topping

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine undrained crushed pineapple, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.

5: Add the Topping and Chill

  1. Spread the cooled pineapple topping over the chilled cheesecake.
  2. Return the dessert to the refrigerator for another 1-2 hours before serving to allow flavors to meld.

Helpful Tips

  1. Cream Cheese Consistency: Ensure the cream cheese is fully softened to avoid lumps in your cheesecake.
  2. Draining Pineapple: Press the crushed pineapple through a sieve to remove as much juice as possible for the filling.
  3. Crust Firmness: Use the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed glass to press the crust mixture firmly into the baking dish.

Cooking Tips

Flavor Enhancements:

  • Add a teaspoon of coconut extract to the filling for an extra tropical flavor.
  • Garnish with toasted coconut flakes for a crunchy texture contrast.

Equipment Suggestions:

  • A food processor can be handy for making uniform graham cracker crumbs.
  • Use an electric mixer for a smoother cheesecake filling.

Serving Suggestions

Pair this Pineapple Cheesecake with a refreshing glass of iced tea or a cup of rich coffee. For a festive touch, serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a mint leaf. This dessert is perfect for barbecues, holiday gatherings, or just a cozy family dinner.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Potassium: 120mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Vitamin A: 15% DV
  • Vitamin C: 20% DV
  • Calcium: 8% DV
  • Iron: 4% DV

This Pineapple Cheesecake not only tastes delicious but also provides a good source of calcium and vitamin C from the pineapple.

Storage and Leftovers

Refrigerate: Store any leftover cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheat: While cheesecake is best enjoyed chilled, you can let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving to soften slightly.

Creative Uses for Leftovers:

  • Crumble leftover cheesecake into small pieces and use it as a topping for vanilla ice cream.
  • Blend a slice into a smoothie for a creamy, fruity treat.

3 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Can I use low-fat cream cheese? A1: Yes, you can use low-fat cream cheese, but the texture may be slightly less creamy.

Q2: What if I don’t have graham crackers for the crust? A2: You can substitute with digestive biscuits or even crushed vanilla wafers.

Q3: How do I prevent cracks in my cheesecake? A3: Make sure to beat the filling just until smooth and avoid overmixing the eggs. Baking the cheesecake in a water bath can also help.

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Conclusion

Thank you for joining me in making this delightful Pineapple Cheesecake! I hope you enjoy every bite of this creamy, fruity dessert. I’d love to hear how your cheesecake turned out, so please leave a comment and share your experience. If you have any unique variations or tips, feel free to share those as well. Happy baking! 🍍🍰

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Pineapple Cheesecake Recipe: Tropical Delight in Every Bite

Pineapple Cheesecake Recipe: Tropical Delight in Every Bite


Description

Cheesecake is a classic dessert that has been loved for centuries, originating from ancient Greece. This Pineapple Cheesecake adds a tropical twist to the traditional recipe, making it perfect for summer gatherings or a refreshing treat any time of the year. My fondest memory of this dessert is when my grandmother made it for family reunions, filling the house with its sweet, fruity aroma. Each bite brings back those cherished moments, and I’m thrilled to share this recipe with you.


Ingredients

Scale

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 🍪
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 🍚
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 🧈

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened 🧀
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 🍚
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 🌿
  • 3 large eggs 🥚
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, well-drained 🍍

For the Pineapple Topping:

  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained 🍍
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 🍚
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 🌽
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 🍋

Instructions

 1: Prepare the Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter until combined.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, then let it cool completely.

2: Make the Cheesecake Filling

  1. In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add granulated sugar and vanilla extract, beat until well combined.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Fold in well-drained crushed pineapple.

 3: Assemble and Bake

  1. Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust, spreading evenly.
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the center is set and edges are lightly golden.
  3. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

4: Prepare the Pineapple Topping

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine undrained crushed pineapple, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.

 5: Add the Topping and Chill

  1. Spread the cooled pineapple topping over the chilled cheesecake.
  2. Return the dessert to the refrigerator for another 1-2 hours before serving to allow flavors to meld.

Notes

  • Cream Cheese Consistency: Ensure the cream cheese is fully softened to avoid lumps in your cheesecake.
  • Draining Pineapple: Press the crushed pineapple through a sieve to remove as much juice as possible for the filling.
  • Crust Firmness: Use the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed glass to press the crust mixture firmly into the baking dish.

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