Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake

Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake
Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake
Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake

I love cheesecake, both the eating and the making of it. You can use so many different flavours, from the crust to the topping. With this one, I wanted to make something festive to bring to a holiday gathering, and both pomegranate and mandarin fit the bill for festive. The two fruits complement each other beautifully, too.

The pomegranate is a perfect fruit of the holiday season. The beautiful jewel like seeds and crimson juice just look like a celebration, don’t they?

And the mandarin orange is, to me, a symbol of Christmas. We can get mandarins in our stores all year here in Canada now. But when I was growing up, the mandarins only showed up at Christmas, from Japan, in little wooden crates, each one wrapped in green paper. (I know, I’m dating myself). The arrival of the “Japanese oranges” in stores each November was exciting and they were a very special treat that signified the beginning of the Christmas season.

This simple cheesecake has a firm, but creamy filling on a graham crust. The topping is a mixture of pomegranate and orange juice, along with mandarin orange segments and those little ruby pomegranate seed gems.

This cheesecake is versatile, because the firm center makes it easy to cut into squares and serve on a dessert tray like a square. I took this cake along with me whole, so I wasn’t able to take photos of the cut squares. Which almost caused me not to do this post. In the end though, I had to share it with you. Why should you miss out on a great recipe because of my neglectful photo taking?

So, you’ll  just have to imagine what the creamy center looks like.. I love the look of this dessert intact, though. The glossy red-orange topping is so pretty and the pomegranate seeds and mandarin wedges look perfectly festive.

And, if you are looking for more mandarin recipes, check out this fresh Salmon, Spinach, Mandarin Orange Salad.

Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake
Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake

Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake

Yield: 12 squares

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 mandarin orange, peeled and divided into segments

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a bowl, combine graham crumbs with melted butter.
  3. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a non stick, 9 inch square baking pan
  4. Bake for 8 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool
  5. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth
  6. Add egg, pomegranate juice, and vanilla, and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute
  7. Add flour and beat until combined.
  8. Pour mixture onto graham crust, spreading evenly
  9. Bake in center of oven for 20 minutes
  10. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely
  11. Meanwhile, whisk together orange and pomegranate juice with honey in a small saucepan
  12. Bring to a boil over medium high heat
  13. Combine cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and whisk into the simmering juice mixture, whisking until smooth and thickened
  14. Remove from heat and allow to cool
  15. Top cooled cake with mandarin slices
  16. Pour topping over cake, spreading evenly by tipping the pan
  17. Scatter pomegranate seeds over cake.
  18. Cover with foil and refrigerate 1-2 hours until topping is set.
  19. To serve, transfer cake from pan to a cutting board and cut into squares

Notes

This recipe uses the juice and seeds of one pomegranate. If your pomegranate doesn't yield the 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp required, make up the difference in the topping with orange juice.

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8 thoughts on “Pomegranate Mandarin Cheesecake

  1. I had to pin it and yum it too, I couldn’t resist! 🙂 It looks beautiful and I can taste the creaminess of the cheesecake blending with the delightful topping. I love mandarins and pomegranate, and together they are a lovely match. There were few dessert recipes I wasn’t going to post because they missed the final picture of the cut piece, but then I did. ‘Cause if it’s a great recipe it would be a shame not to. So glad you decided to post it!

  2. What a gorgeous cheesecake! I’m so glad you shared, despite the lack of photos of the sliced cheesecake, because that glossy, luscious topping more than makes up for it. I love me a good cheesecake any time of year, but this combination sounds perfect for the holidays.

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