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White Chocolate and Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups unsweetened fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
2 pounds cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons whipping cream

1 cup fresh raspberries, for garnish

Prepare a chocolate wafer cookie crumb crust in a springform pan.
When the crust has completely cooled wrap the outside of the
springform pan with a large piece of aluminum foil and place in a
large baking pan with sides at least 2 inches high.

Puree the raspberries in a food processor. Press puree through a
fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Place 1/2 cup of the
strained puree into a small bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon sugar and
the lemon juice. Set aside and save remaining puree for another

Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

In an ovenproof container, melt the chocolate, about 8 - 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, stir until smooth and set aside. Increase
oven temperature to 350 degrees. Put cream cheese in the bowl of
an electric mixer and mix, on low, until smooth. Add 1 1/4 cups
sugar and mix until smooth, about 1 minute. Mix in the flour. Add
eggs, two at a time, mixing well after each addition. Make sure to
scrape down sides of bowl. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts.
Mix in the whipping cream then add the white chocolate. Pour into
prepared crust.

Drizzle raspberry sauce over cheesecake, then, using a small spoon,
swirl into the batter, leaving swirls on the top. Do not disturb
the crust. Put the cheesecake in the oven and pour 1 inch of hot
water into the large baking pan. bake 1 hour, or until center is
set. Remove cheesecake from oven and, while still in the water
bath, cover loosely with paper towels and cool for 1 hour on a wire
rack. Carefully remove from water bath, uncover, and allow to cool
on rack an additional hour. Cheesecake should feel cool to the
touch by now. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6
hours to overnight before serving.


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