Purple Haze® Cheesecake

Serves: 10-12

Lavender sugar and Purple Haze® in vanilla cheesecake: dessert and aromatherapy in one.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped

Filling

  • 20 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 oz Purple Haze®, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp lavender sugar*

Topping

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2-3 Tbsp lavender sugar (according to desired strength of lavender flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF with oven rack set in middle position.

  2. Prepare springform pan by wrapping the bottom with aluminum foil. Lightly butter bottom of pan only. Set aside.

  3. Beat together butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add flour and almonds, mixing until combined and dough begins to clump together.

  4. Press the dough into the bottom of the springform pan with floured fingers and bake until golden brown, about 15-25 minutes. Cool crust completely in pan.

  5. Blend all 6 filling ingredients until completely smooth. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Bake until cake filling is just set, about 55-65 minutes.

  6. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer, then chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator overnight. Release sides of pan before serving.

  7. When you are ready to serve, combine all 3 topping ingredients in a small bowl and spread the mixture evenly over cheesecake.

*Grind lavender and sugar (1:10 ratio) using a mortar and pestle until the lavender is mostly pulverized (sift out large lavender pieces if desired).

Credits

Adapted from Double Lemon Cheesecake, Bon Appétit, November 1991 and Cheesecake with Minted Blackberries, Gourmet, August 2008.

Cheesecake photo by Vanessa Couvrey.