Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Charleston Chewy Cheesecake with Orange Marmalade Glaze

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 8 hr 25 min (includes cooling and chilling time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
  • Nutrition Info
This is the ultimate mash-up of two of my favorite desserts: traditional Charleston Chewies (a blondie-style bar) and rich New York cheesecake. For a pretty presentation, I've added a sunny-hued marmalade glaze to the top. I can assure you that your dinner guests will be impressed!


Charleston Chewy Crust:


Orange Marmalade Glaze and Topping:


Special equipment:
a deep 10-inch springform pan
  1. For the Charleston chewy crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a deep 10-inch springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a parchment paper circle.
  2. Stir together the butter, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, eggs and flour in a medium bowl. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Make the filling: Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  4. Beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat just until the yellow disappears. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla. Pour the filling over the cooled crust.
  5. Double-wrap the bottom of the springform pan with foil, sealing it tightly to prevent water from getting into the pan. Place the springform pan into a larger pan and pour very hot water into the outer pan until it covers the bottom, being careful to make sure the water level doesn't come up higher than the foil.
  6. Bake until the center is almost set, 60 to 70 minutes. (The center will still jiggle, while the edges will be set.) Turn off the oven, then crack the oven door and allow the cake to cool in the oven for 1 to 2 hours. Transfer the cake to the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.
  7. Make the glaze: Heat the marmalade and liqueur in a small saucepan over medium heat until the marmalade is melted. Unmold the cheesecake and place on a stand or serving plate. Cut into slices and garnish each slice with the glaze and orange segments.