Coconut Pineapple Cheesecake

Ingredients:
Coconut Crust:

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Topping:

  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

 

Directions:Crust:

     

      1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
      2. In a food processor, process first four ingredients until mixture looks like a coarse meal.
      3. Add melted butter and process until smooth.
      4. Press firmly into bottom of a 9″ springform pan. Wrap the pan with aluminum foil to prevent spills.
      1. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned; remove from oven, let cool.

    Filling:

      1. In a food processor, process cream cheese until smooth. Add pineapple and process until smooth.

     

      1. Add sugar, salt, eggs, lemon juice, cornstarch and vanilla. Process until creamy and smooth.

     

      1. Pour into prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet and bake at 325°F for about 1 1/2 hours until center is set.

     

    1. Cool for about 1 1/2 hours.

    Topping:

       

        1. In a medium saucepan, combine pineapple, peach preserves, water, lemon juice and cornstarch. Mix together and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and pineapple is soft. If mixture gets too thick, add more water, a Tbsp. at a time.
        2. Remove from heat and puree with a blender or food processor until smooth. I used an immersion blender for this step.
        1. Spoon pineapple mixture on top of cooled cheesecake and smooth evenly.
        2. Toast coconut in a small skillet over medium heat until it begins to brown, about 3-5 minutes.
        1. Remove from heat and sprinkle over the pineapple topping.
        2. Cover cheesecake and refrigerate until chilled, at least 6 hours or overnight.

       

      1. To serve, cut into wedges and garnish with pineapple chunks.

       

      This was my first attempt at making a Cheesecake with fruit. It turned out beautifully, without a crack. The Coconut and Pineapple combination was wonderful. The topping was sweet and complemented the cheesecake nicely.

       

      It may be hard to eat just one piece of this creamy cheesecake, but fight the temptation by sharing this recipe at your next gathering. I hope you give this recipe a try. You will not be dissapointed!!!

       

      About dianelouw

      I am a Christian stay at home mom. I may not be perfect, BUT Jesus thinks I'm to die for!!! Shy believe it or not. But once i get to know you - passop! Love to laugh and to mix with people and help people. Some would say - that sometimes its to my detriment. Love spending time with my parents and family. Very inquisitive and have lots of questions regarding the Lord which i constantly ask for help. I love reading, gardening, studying the Word of God, etc. Have discovered Kindle and i got a wish list for a Kindle by my husband lol. Have downloaded some very good classics and others from free. Sites that i belong to: http://www.knittingparadise.com/ look for Diane D http://www.ravelry.com/people/dianedlouw http://pinterest.com/dianedawnlouw/ Some favorite Quotes: Love me for me and not for what you want me to be... Deuteronomy 4:7 "No other nation, no matter how great, has a god who is so near when they need Him as the Lord our God is to us. He answers us whenever we call for help." Phillippians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice
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