Greek yogurt cheesecake topped with the works.
Yogurt Cheesecake with Pine Nut Brittle and Blood Orange Marmalade
- For the Cheesecake:
- 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar (plus more for dusting pan)
- 3 cups plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups Mascarpone
- 3 tablespoons Confectioners' Sugar
- 3 large Eggs
- 6 large Egg Yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
- Pine Nut Brittle
For the Pine Nut Brittle:
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 cup Water
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 4 tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 2 cups Pine Nuts
For the Blood Orange Marmalade:
- 2 pounds Blood Oranges
- 2 1/2 cups Sugar
- Water to cover
- For the Cheesecake: Preheat the oven to 350F and position a rack in the center. Lightly grease a 10-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of granulated sugar into the pan and swirl it around to coat the bottom and sides evenly, tapping out the excess sugar. Line the outside of the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil to guard against any leaks. The cheesecake will be baked in a water bath, so have ready a deep roasting pan that is large enough to accommodate the springform pan with an inch of space on all sides.
- In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the yogurt, mascarpone, remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and confectioners' sugar on medium speed until very smooth and creamy, about 1 minute stopping once to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the eggs and egg yolks one at a time, followed by the salt and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Place the spring form pan in the roasting pan and carefully fill the roasting pan with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Cover both pans with a single piece of aluminum foil, tenting the foil so it does not touch the top of the springform pan and being sure to cover the roasting pan completely. Very carefully transfer the roasting pan to the oven.
- Bake the cheesecake for 20 minutes, then carefully rotate the pan 180 degrees to ensure that the cake bakes evenly. Bake for another 20 minutes, then remove the foil tent. The cake should be puffed but not cracked, jiggly but not liquid in the center. If necessary, continue baking the cake without the foil until it is set.
- Remove the roasting pan from the oven and allow the cake to cool in the water bath until the water is lukewarm. Carefully remove the springform pan from the roasting pan and continue cooling the cake on a rack until it is cool to the touch. Remove the foil from the outside of the pan and chill the cake in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
- Before serving, remove the sides of the springform pan; you may have to run a knife around the edges. Transfer the cheesecake to a serving plate or cake stand and sprinkle the top with some chopped pine nut brittle. To serve, cut the cheesecake into wedges with a long, thin-bladed knife. Any leftover cake may be wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- For the Pine Nut Brittle: Line a 13-by-9-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment or wax paper, then lightly grease the paper with nonstick cooking spray or butter. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir the sugar and water together. Add the butter and corn syrup and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn up the heat to high and continue to cook until the mixture turns deep golden brown and registers 350 F on the candy thermometer.
- Immediately turn off the heat and very carefully remove the candy thermometer. Stir in the salt with a large wooden spoon, then stir in the pine nuts. Make sure the caramel coats the nuts.
- Turn the mixture out onto the jelly-roll pan and, using a spatula, spread it toward the sides of the pan so the nuts are in a single layer. Let the brittle cool completely before breaking into pieces and storing in an airtight plastic container. Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. To prepare the brittle for a garnish or topping, break it into small pieces and then chop it using a large chef's knife.
- For the Blood Orange Marmalade: Cut oranges into 1/16-inch half moons. Place in a medium heavy-bottomed sauce pan along with sugar and enough water just to cover. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir constantly for 20 minutes. Marmalade should be a nice syrupy consistency before removing from heat. Allow to cool before serving.