Topping cheesecake with shimmering fruit is nothing new, but we spun this one in two fresh directions: We swapped out the expected cherries for ruby-red rhubarb-raspberry gelee, and we baked the whole thing in a 9-by-13-inch pan -- perfect for serving a crowd. It begins with a traditional press-in graham-cracker crust; the layer of creamy filling bakes through quickly and evenly without the usual requisite water bath.
This quick and easy recipe for rich chocolate treats comes from Faith Durand, Executive Editor of The Kitchn, from her book Bakeless Sweets. They have a pleasantly nutty flavor, with crisp bits of crushed cracker and chopped hazelnut mixed in -- and you can put them together in just a few minutes.
One cool thing about this sweet dessert is its freshness: Not cooking the cherries points up their peak-season taste. Another? You can use any red seedless jam for the glaze.
If you don't have a cherry pitter, a paring knife works well. Starting from the stem end, cut the cherry in half, going all around the pit. Pull apart the sides, and use the tip of the knife to push out the pit.