Mango Swirl Cheesecake

For the Crust
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
For the Filling
  • 1 cup mango
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut, optional
  • 4 packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon flour

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by lining it with tin foil or parchment paper. You can also use a standard cake pan or several ramekins. Grease either with butter or coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, stir room-temperature or microwave-warmed butter into cracker crumbs (or pulse in the processor to combine).
  4. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan to make a bottom crust. Set in refrigerator.
  5. Place fresh mango slices in a food processor or blender. Add 2 tablespoons water and the coconut flavoring (if using). Blend well to make a thick puree. If using fresh mango, you may want to add 2 teaspoons sugar to sweeten it. Set aside.
  6. Place the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. If it's cold, cover with a plate and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until soft. Add sugar and beat at low speed until smooth. Begin adding eggs, one at a time, beating at low speed. This can also be done by hand with a whisk to avoid over-beating.
  7. Add half the mango puree into the cream cheese mixture and sprinkle with flour. Mix on low speed or by hand just until incorporated. The small amount of flour in this recipe was added to avoid cracks in the baked cheesecake. Pour batter into the prepared pan(s) and smooth out the top.
  8. Now the fun part: drizzle the remaining puree onto the surface of the cake in 3 horizontal lines or dots all over the surface. With a cake tester, skewer, or thin-bladed knife, swirl the batter and puree together using wide circular movements.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, or 10 minutes longer if the cake appears undercooked. (If cooking in ramekins, it will take approximately 20 minutes, but make sure to watch it as it gets close to the time so as not to undercook or overcook.) Keep in mind that the top of cheesecake will always be a little jiggly, but it will firm up later. Allow the cheesecake to cool in the pan before removing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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