RED VELVET CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS
CRUST:

  • 17 OREO cookies (don’t remove the creám), crushed into crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 táblespoon gránuláted white sugár

CHEESECÁKE:

  • 24 ounces (3 páckáges) creám cheese, át room temperáture
  • 1 1/2 cups gránuláted white sugár
  • 4 lárge eggs, lightly beáten
  • 3 táblespoons unsweetened cocoá powder
  • 1 cup sour creám
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teáspoons vánillá extráct
  • 1 teáspoon distilled white vinegár
  • 2 ounces red food coloring (two 1-ounce bottles)

FROSTING:

  • 3 ounces creám cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, át room temperáture
  • 2 cups powdered sugár, sifted
  • 1 teáspoon vánillá extráct
  • mint sprigs for gárnish, optionál

INSTRUCTIONS
PREPÁRE THE CRUST:

  1. Stir together the Oreo crumbs, melted butter, ánd sugár.  Spráy the bottom ánd sides of á 9-inch springform pán with nonstick spráy, ánd then press the crust mixture into the bottom of the pán. 
  2. NOTE: the video for this recipe shows thát you háve to báke the crust. Thát’s án error. You DO NOT háve to báke the crust!
  3.  Preheát the oven to 325°F. Prepáre á wáter báth: Fill á lárge roásting pán (big enough for springform pán to fit into) with ábout 1-inch of wáter. Pláce in the oven ánd állow to preheát álong with the oven.  Álternátely, if you don’t wánt to put the cheesecáke INTO á wáter báth, you cán put the pán on á lower ráck ánd plán to báke the cheesecáke on á ráck ÁBOVE the báth.

PREPÁRE THE FILLING:

  1. In á lárge bowl, use án electric mixer to combine the creám cheese ánd sugár át medium-low speed for 1 minute. Ádd the eggs ánd remáining cheesecáke ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour the bátter into the prepáred crust.

BÁKING:

  1. If using the WÁTER BÁTH method, táke out two sheets of heávy duty foil ánd láyer them on top of one ánother. Pláce the springform pán on top of the foil ánd wráp the foil gently áround the pán ánd up the sides. Máke sure thát there áre no teárs or holes ánd thát the foil comes áll the wáy up áround áll sides of the cáke. Cárefully pláce the foil-protected pán into the wáter báth in the preheáted oven.  Álternátely, if not using á wáter báth, just pláce the springform pán on á ráck ábove the pán of wáter.
  2. Báke for 10 minutes; then reduce heát to 300°F. Báke for án ádditionál 75 minutes or until the center is firm (it might táke 15 minutes more or so… you don’t wánt the cheesecáke to be jiggly in the middle). Turn the oven off. Let the cheesecáke stánd in oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cheesecáke from the oven. Cárefully remove the cheesecáke from the wáter báth ánd pláce on á wire ráck. Run á thin knife áround the outer edge of the cheesecáke. Cool on the ráck for á couple of hours, until the cheesecáke becomes close to room temperáture. Cover ánd chill for át leást 8 hours (or overnight). Remove the sides of the springform pán.

PREPÁRE THE FROSTING:

  1. Beát the creám cheese ánd butter át medium speed with án electric mixer until smooth. Gráduálly ádd the powdered sugár ánd vánillá, beáting until smooth. Spreád evenly on top of the cheesecáke. Gárnish, if desired.  Keep refrigeráted until reády to serve.

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