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Cypress Grove Purple Haze Lavender Cheesecake


Cypress Grove Purple Haze Lavender Cheesecake
Serves 12
Sweeten up your Valentine's Day with this floral take on classic vanilla cheesecake. Cypress Grove Purple Haze fresh goat cheese lends a subtle tang with sweet and aromatic notes of lavender and fennel.
Ingredients
    Crust
    1. ¾ stick unsalted butter, softened
    2. ½ cup packed light brown sugar
    3. ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    4. ½ cup blanched almonds, finely chopped
    Filling
    1. 20 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    2. 4 ounces Cypress Grove Purple Haze goat cheese, room temperature
    3. 1½ cup granulated sugar
    4. 4 eggs
    5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    6. 1 tablespoon lavender sugar
    Topping
    1. 1 cup sour cream
    2. 2 to 3 tablespoons lavender sugar (according to desired strength of lavender flavor)
    3. 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    Instructions
      Crust
      1. Heat oven to 350ºF with oven rack set in middle position.
      2. Prepare springform pan by wrapping the bottom with aluminum foil. Lightly butter the bottom of the pan only. Set aside.
      3. Beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add flour and almonds, mixing until combined and dough begins to clump together.
      4. Press dough into the bottom of the springform pan with floured fingers and bake until golden brown, about 15 to 25 minutes. Cool crust completely in pan.
      Filling
      1. Make lavender sugar by grinding lavender and sugar (1:10 ratio) using a mortar and pestle until the lavender is mostly pulverized. Sift out large lavender pieces, if desired.
      2. Blend all 6 filling ingredients until completely smooth. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Bake until cake filling is just set, about 55 to 65 minutes.
      3. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer, then chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator overnight. Release sides of pan before serving.
      Topping
      1. When ready to serve, combine all 3 topping ingredients in a small bowl and spread the mixture evenly over the cheesecake.
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      Cypress Grove

      Cypress Grove was founded in 1983 by Mary Keehn. Cypress Grove is one of America's best known artisan goat cheese companies and makers of the iconic Humboldt Fog.