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Maple cheesecake with maple-cranberry compote

SERVINGS
10 to 12 servings
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10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

Reduced maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade a dark amber)
    Crust
    • 1 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade a dark amber)
    • 2 cup ground graham crackers (about 17 whole crackers ground in processor)
    • 3 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground cinnamon
    • 6 tablespoon (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    Filling
    • 1 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade a dark amber)
    • 2 cup ground graham crackers (about 17 whole crackers ground in processor)
    • 3 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground cinnamon
    • 6 tablespoon (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup maple sugar or (packed) golden brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup reduced maple syrup (see above)
    • 2/3 cup sour cream
    • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 teaspoon large eggs

    Preparation

    Baking Directions:

    Reduced maple syrupBoil maple syrup in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 1 cup, stirring occasionally and watching closely to avoid boiling over (syrup will bubble up to top of pan), about 5 minutes.

    Remove reduced maple syrup from heat and let cool to slightly warm or room temperature.

    CrustPosition rack in center of oven and preheat to 375° F.

    Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon in medium bowl.

    Add melted butter and stir until crumbs are evenly moistened.

    Press crumb mixture onto bottom and 2 inches up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides.

    Bake crust until set and top edge of crust darkens slightly, about 10 minutes.

    Cool crust completely on rack.

    Reduce oven temperature to 300° F.

    FillingBeat cream cheese in large bowl of heavy-duty mixer fitted with paddle attachment until very smooth.

    Add maple sugar, flour, and salt; beat until well blended and smooth.

    Add 1 cup reduced maple syrup, sour cream, and vanilla; beat until well blended.

    Add eggs, 2 at a time, and beat just until blended after each addition.

    Tap bowl several times on counter to release any air bubbles.

    Pour filling into cooled crust.

    Using tip of small knife, pop any air bubbles on surface.

    Bake cake until slightly puffed around edges (center will still look moist and will move slightly when pan is gently shaken), about 1 hour 30 minutes.

    Transfer cake to rack and cool completely.

    Cover and chill overnight.

    Can be made 3 days ahead.

    Keep chilled.

    Cut cheesecake into wedges.

    Divide among plates.

    Serve with warm Maple-Cranberry Compote alongside.