Are you wondering what Chambord is? Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur, it was said that Louis x1v was visiting Chateau Du Chambord when it was first introduced. Chambord was typically taken as an after dinner drink among the wealthy. The liqueur is said to be a delicious combination of raspberries, blackberries, vanilla, honey and cognac. I've been known to mix a shot or two of Chambord with a sparkling wine and top with a fresh raspberry or two. A perfect compliment to thanksgiving dinner!
Speaking of perfect compliments to thanksgiving dinner let's head back to Cheese Cake with Cranberry-Chambord Sauce. I took my mom's cheesecake recipe, a dense creamy homemade cheesecake and paired it with a tart and tangy sauce. I made it more personal for my dinner guests by serving them individual cakes made in my 4.5 inch individual spring form pans. Found here at http://www.theopenskyproject.com/.
Cream Cheese Cake with Cranberry-Chambord Sauce
3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 T. sugar
1 T. butter melted
3 packages of cream cheese ( room temperature)
1 t. vanilla
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. Chambord
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 package of fresh cranberries
Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press into 6 4.5 inch individual spring form pans. Refrigerate.
Place room temperature cream cheese into mixer, beat until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs one at a time, beat until combined and smooth. Add sugar and sugar, mix until incorporated.
Remove crust from fridge and spoon cream cheese mixture on top dividing equally. Place six pans on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Until cheese cake is firm. Do not over bake! If anything please under bake, the cake will continue to cook when removed from the oven.
Set aside to cool and then refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Mix together Chambord, water, sugar and cranberries in 1 1/2 qt. sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and let reduce for 10 minutes until cranberries pop. Use a fork to smash cranberries and stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool
Remove cheese cakes from pans and place on plate. Spoon cranberry-chambord mixture on top and then add small amount mixture to plate. Drag your spoon through it to make a cranberry-chambord smear. Garnish with fresh mint.