• Summer Fest: Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

    by  • July 6, 2011 • cheesecake, custard, grilled peaches, peach, peaches, seasonal, summer • 28 Comments

    Summer Fest is here and the celebration has begun! First it was Eggplant and now, Peaches! Be sure to follow the fun on Twitter with the hashtag #cookingwith and share your favorite use of fresh, gorgeous peaches!

    I have been dreaming of peaches for a while now, remembering the delicious peaches I had on Martha’s Vineyard last summer. Juicy, fragrant peaches are the sign of summer in the US; not so much here in the Dominican Republic, but I was lucky enough to find some sweet, precious ones in the grocery store!

    Cheesecake. It’s a blank canvas for you to go wild on, so I decided to infuse the peach flavor into the custard, as well as serve them alongside both grilled and as a sauce.
    Water bath. Most custards are baked in a water bath to insulate the edges of it from over baking before the center gets a chance to set.
    Cracker Crust. Actually a ground cookie crust. You can substitute the melted butter for your favorite oil: coconut, olive, sunflower.
    Oven Temperature.  Some of you might find 350F a little high. This all depends on your oven, so start at 300 if you’re curious and check your progress. You can always pump it up more as you go!

    Peaches & Cream Cheesecake
    Adapted from In Good Taste
    For the Crust:
    2 cups vanilla cookies (Nilla Wafers)
    3 tablespoons butter, melted

    For the Filling:
    8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
    1 egg + 1 egg yolk
    1 tablespoon yogurt
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 cup fresh peaches, chopped and pureed  (reserve 1/2 cup for serving)
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    To Serve:
    Peach Puree
    Whipped Cream
    Grilled Peach Slices


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a water bath in the middle rack of the oven.
    2. In a food processor, grind the cookies and add melted butter. Press into pan and reserve. (Note: Due to the lack of a spring form pan, this was baked in a disposable bread loaf pan!)
    3. Beat cream cheese until smooth and add egg, egg yolk, sugar, 1/2 cup peach puree and vanilla. Sift flour into the mixture and blend until incorporated.
    4. Pour batter onto crumb crust and place in warmed water bath. Bake for about an hour, until done.
    5. Turn off oven and let sit inside oven for 1-2 hours. Remove and let cool completely overnight. 
    6. To Serve: spoon peach puree onto plate and place slice of cheesecake on top; decorate with grilled peach slices and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

    Need more ideas on what to do with Peaches? Check out the following links:
    CIA Dropout: Peachy Keen Panna Cotta
    What’s Gaby Cooking: Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
    In Jennie’s Kitchen: Easy Peach Preserves
    I Am Mommy: Peach Bread
    Daily Dishin: Fresh Peaches and Cream No-Bake Pie
    Cooking With My Kid: Peach & Friends Cobbler Pie
    White on Rice Couple: Peach Heirloom Tomato Salad
    Cooking With Elise: Bruschetta with Grilled Peach Chutney
    Taste With The Eyes: Warm White Peach and Blackberry Cobbler
    Recipe Girl: Fresh Peach Pie
    A Way to Garden: Farm Fresh Peaches Frozen to Perfection
    Napa Farmhouse 1885: Fresh Peach Cookies
    Sassy Radish: Peach, Apricot and Blueberry Cobbler with a Cornmeal Crust
    Sweet Life: Sweet Peach Ancho Chile Salsa
    Indian Simmer: Indian Peach Gujiya
    Dixie Chik Cooks: Peach Cobbler
    Food2: 5 Killer Peach Flavored Cocktails
    Healthy Eats: 8 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Eat Peaches
    Cooking Channel: Peaches on the Grill
    Add a Pinch: My Grandmother’s Peach Cobbler
    And Love It Too: Pan Seared Salmon with Fresh Peach Salsa
    From My Corner of Saratoga: Double Caramel Peaches
    She Wears Many Hats: Peach Wontons

    With so many peach ideas, what do YOU want to make with them?


        As a freelance food & travel writer, I not only write for my own food blog, Cooking with Books, but collaborate with SheKnows, Honest Cooking, Marcus Samuelsson, and Startle – Forbes Travel Guide. My work has been published (online and in print) in Woman’s Day, NBC Latino, and other food publications.


        28 Responses to Summer Fest: Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

        1. August 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

          How did I miss this, Nella ! What an AMAZING Peach Cheesecake. Ok, I have just turned into the Peach Princess. Printing this and will bake this ASAP ! Thanks for sharing, Amiga!

        2. jq
          July 10, 2011 at 12:41 am

          Ahhhhh I love cheesecake! Just another brilliant recipe you keep finding! My list of things to cook is getting bigger and bigger! Thanks

        3. July 8, 2011 at 3:22 am

          Lovely! looks scrumptious!

        4. July 8, 2011 at 2:40 am

          That’s the most beautiful photograph I’ve seen today. It looks so moist and delicious and fruity. You are so clever. :)

        5. July 8, 2011 at 1:49 am

          My mouth is absolutely watering right now! Cheesecake is definitely one of my faves and this just looks unbelievably delicious. Yummmy :)

          xo katie elizabeth

        6. July 8, 2011 at 1:45 am

          i have only had regular cheesecake. the addition of peaches in a cheesecake sounds incredible!

          all those other peach ideas look very tempting as well. i can’t decide which recipe i want to try…lol

        7. July 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

          Sounds and looks wonderful! Also, the peach panna cotta sounds interesting! Thanks for all of those links!!

        8. July 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

          I love that you added puree to the cheesecake. The texture looks lovely; I might have thought that it’d make it a little wet. But no, and hooray for peach cheesecake!

        9. July 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

          Pretty!! Peaches are definitely a sign of summer to me. With a cheesecake like this, I would like it to be summer all year long, please! Looks delicious!

        10. July 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

          Nellie, this is a great series and I though we are still on the subject of bananas and mangoes I am twi steos right behind you!! lol This cheesecake’s consistency is fab love it with the peaches pairing too. gorgeous!

        11. July 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

          Oh my goodness! Peaches are on sale for $0.79/lb this week, too! <3

        12. July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

          Love the idea of adding grilled peaches on the cheesecake, just beautiful! I have recently discovered NC peaches, oh my melt in your mouth good! Love peaches:-) This recipe sounds delicious:-)
          Hugs, Terra

        13. July 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

          wow..looks delicious marnely !

        14. July 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          This may be my favorite post if yours to date! I love peaches and also cheesecake! I’ve never had them together though so I’ll have to give this a try!
          And that photo is awesome :)

        15. July 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

          is that a whipped cream canelle I spy?! this looks heavenly, Nel!

        16. July 7, 2011 at 6:31 am

          I had the most delicious peach this morning! Love this cheesecake recipe, and I can very easily make it gluten free:-)

        17. July 7, 2011 at 4:25 am

          Mouthwatering dessert!! I love the presentation :)

        18. MAG
          July 7, 2011 at 3:24 am

          Yum Nelly7, this looks like a great recipe.I think there is a balance in it. You know cooking is not my forte but the art you create is great..Love it yum

        19. July 7, 2011 at 3:15 am

          Love, love, love cheesecake! l like the grilled peaches on top with a puree. just lovely. :)

        20. July 7, 2011 at 2:15 am

          I love cheesecake and make it all the time. Have yet to make a peach one, but will give it a try now! That looks really delish! There’s a huge peach farm 20 minutes from me too!! Roadtrip =)

        21. July 7, 2011 at 12:52 am

          Your peaches and cream cheesecaske looks really refreshing. No doubt it is fabulous.

          Peaches in the southeast are in season (or maybe just bit passed). We enjoyed fresh peach ice cream.

          Peaches are a wonderful summer fruit.


        22. July 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm

          This is beautiful! I haven’t done anything with peaches yet this summer, but now I am craving them. Great recipe thanks for sharing!

        23. July 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

          Looks so delicious. Fruit is healthy so that means we can eat as much as we want. Right!

        24. July 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

          This looks and sounds unbelievable! I sure wish I lived around the corner cause I love desserts!


        25. July 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

          i love how you added grilled peach slices over this cheesecake and how its sitting in peach puree. oh gosh, this is like heaven!! how can anyone resist this?!

        26. July 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

          MMMM. This looks INCREDIBLE.

        27. July 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

          love love your cheesecake, thanks for sharing!!

        28. July 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

          I’m all for eating my fruit with a healthy dose of cheesecake 😉

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