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Níspero Cheesecake

Servings: 12 slices 

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes


Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom


  • 3 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Lemon Glaze


  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.

Shortbread Crust

  • Using a mixer, cream softened butter, then mix in sugar until it is well blended.
  • Add flour, orange zest, and cardamom, mix until crumbly.
  • Press shortbread dough into a 9″ springform pan. Bake for 15 minutes, it will be golden around the edges.


  • As the shortbread is baking, use a clean mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese. Mix until creamy.
  • Add sugar, orange zest, and mix well.
  • Mix in the orange juice and vanilla.
  • add one egg at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl and mixing paddle, as needed.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling into the shortbread crust.


  • Place the jam and orange juice in a small saucepan and heat over a low flame, as you mix. 
  • Blend the jam until smooth then remove from heat.
  • Spoon some jam over the cheesecake into two large circles. Using a chopstick, swirl the jam into the cheesecake.

Bake at 360 degrees F for one hour

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