cheater white chocolate raspberry cheesecake

Yep...  I said "cheater" White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake!!

Sometimes there just isn't time to whip up a fancy dessert from scratch.

I don't run into that problem often, but every once in a while I just can't get it together!  (You know, like when I've just gotten back from a long no-sleep vacation!)

So, for My Love's birthday the other day I bought a frozen cheesecake from Costco, and then doctored it up to resemble his favorite White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake that I would normally make him!

Of course it wasn't exactly the same...  but it sure was good and nobody was complaining!

Cheater White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

1 store-bought cheesecake
for the white chocolate ganache:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup good-quality white chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups raspberry freezer jam, or thawed and mashed frozen raspberries
fresh raspberries for garnish

Thaw the cheesecake according to package directions.  (We like our cheesecake still a bit frozen...  if you've never tried it that way, try it!)

Make the chocolate ganache:  Heat the cream in the microwave for about 60 seconds or a bit longer until very hot.  Place the white chocolate in a bowl and pour the hot cream over the top.  Let sit for 2-3 minutes and then stir well to melt the chocolate.  Stir in the butter and set aside to cool for a bit.

Assemble the cheesecake:  Place the cheesecake on a serving platter.  Pour the room-temperature white chocolate ganache over the top of the cheesecake.  Spoon dollops of raspberry freezer jam all over the top of the ganache and then take a knife and gently swirl the raspberry into the white chocolate.

Place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill and set the ganache until serving.  When you're ready to serve, arrange fresh raspberries on the top and serve with additional raspberry sauce and fresh whipped cream!

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