BASQUE CHEESECAKE WITH ROASTED GRAPES & RED WINE CARAMEL SAUCE 4 ½ x 8 oz (227 g) cream cheese, room temperature 1 ⅔ cups (400 ml) granulated sugar

2 cups (500 ml) whipping cream 3 tbsp (45 ml) all-purpose flour 6 large eggs + 1 egg yolk 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla bean paste

2 lbs (900 g) red grapes, on the vine ¼ cup (60 ml) fresh orange juice 2 tsp (10 ml) liquid clover honey Red Wine Caramel Sauce, make ahead, recipe follows

1 Preheat oven to 450 F (230 C). Line a 10-in (3 L) springform pan with 2 large pieces of parchment paper that overlap in the middle, pressing and creasing to fit snugly in pan and leaving at least 2-in (5 cm) of overhang around all edges. Set aside. 2 In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and sugar. Begin beating on low and gradually increase to high, beating until mixture is smooth and creamy, 4 to 6 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed with a rubber spatula. 3 Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together whipping cream and flour until mostly smooth, about 2 minutes. Add to cream cheese mixture. Beat on low just until incorporated. Add eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, beating on medium-low until combined after each addition. Add vanilla bean paste and beat on low until just combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan and level with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon. 4 Bake cheesecake until top is very dark brown and centre is still very jiggly, about 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, allowing cheesecake to cool completely to room temperature in pan, about 3 hours. Chill, uncovered, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. 5 About an hour before serving, preheat oven to 425 F (220 C). 6 Remove cheesecake from refrigerator, remove sides of pan, place cheesecake on a cake plate and carefully peel back parchment paper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 7 Line a rimmed baking sheet or a 9 × 13-in (23 × 33 cm) baking dish with parchment paper. Place grapes on parchment, drizzle with orange juice and honey and gently toss. Roast in oven until grapes just start to split, about 15 minutes. Set grapes aside to cool slightly for 10 minutes. 8 Serve slices of cheesecake topped with warm grapes and a drizzle of Red Wine Caramel Sauce. 9 Any leftover cheesecake may be refrigerated, uncovered, for up to 3 days. Serves 12 RED WINE CARAMEL SAUCE ½ vanilla bean, halved lengthwise 1 cup (250 ml) red wine

1⅓ cups (325 ml) granulated sugar ¼ cup (60 ml) water 1 tbsp (15 ml) unsalted butter

1 Scrape vanilla seeds into a small saucepan, then add vanilla pod and red wine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat until wine is reduced to about ½ cup (125 ml), about 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and discard vanilla pod. 2 In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil without stirring, washing down any sugar crystals that form on side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water, until syrup turns pale golden. Continue to cook, swirling pan occasionally, until deep golden. Remove pan from heat and carefully pour red wine reduction down side of pan into caramel. Take care, as it will steam and sputter. Return saucepan to medium-low heat and stir continuously until caramel is smooth and has thickened slightly, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter. Set aside or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Makes about 2 cups (500 ml) PAIRS WITH INNISKILLIN OKANAGAN VALLEY VIDAL ICEWINE BC VQA $55.99 558452 INGREDIENT IN JACKSON-TRIGGS RESERVE SHIRAZ BC VQA $16.99 593103



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