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Marsala Cheese Tart with Oranges

A rich combination of Marsala wine, whipped cream, cream cheese, and vanilla is spread in a ginger crust, frozen, and served with oranges.

  • yield: Makes one 8-inch tart
Photography: RICHARD GERHARD JUNG

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Ingredients

  • 5 ounces gingersnaps, broken into pieces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Marsala
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 navel oranges

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place gingersnaps in the bowl of a food processor, and process until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl, add melted butter, and stir until well combined. Transfer to an 8-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom, and press into bottom and up sides to form an even crust. Place in freezer.

  2. Step 2

    Place cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat until fluffy. Add Marsala and vanilla extract, and beat until combined. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks, and fold into cream-cheese mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared crust; return to freezer at least 1 hour 15 minutes or until firm.

  3. Step 3

    Cut ends off oranges, and remove peel, pith, and outer membranes following the curve of the fruit with a paring knife. Lift sections away from inner membranes; reserve sections. Serve cheesecake garnished with orange sections.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2001

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