Step 1: What You'll Need
1. Heart shaped mold
2. Electric Mixer
3. Mixing bowl
5. Small sauce pot
7. Oven set at 350 degrees
You will need the following ingredients for the lemon cheesecake:
2 cups Graham Crackers (or crumbs)
2 tbsp. sugar
3 oz butter, melted
3 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. grated lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
You will need the following ingredients for the Raspberry Glaze:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. butter
Step 2: Graham Cracker Crust
Add 2 tbsp. sugar and 3oz melted butter, mixing well into the graham cracker crumbs
Press into bottom and up sides of your heart shaped baking pan.
Step 3: Preparing the Cheesecake Filling
Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, mixing well.
Add 3 eggs (one at a time) beating well after each addition.
Stir in 1 tbsp. lemon rind, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Step 4: Add Cheesecake Mix to Crust
Step 5: Preparing the Oven
Place cheesecake on baking pan.
Add 3 cups of water to the baking pan (this prevents the cheesecake from cracking during baking!)
Bake for 90 minutes or until a toothpick removed from the center comes out clean.
Step 6: Preparing the Raspberry Glaze
Heat over moderate heat and whisk until sauce mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Stir in 1 tbsp. butter and remove from heat.
Step 7: Glazing the Cheesecake (spreading the Love!)
Spread Raspberry Glaze (easiest to spread if warm) over the cheesecake.
Decorate with additional ideas like chocolate, white chocolate or candy Valentine hearts.