Sheet-Pan Peach Cheesecake
- 2 cups (280 g) graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 6 tbsp (85 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup (160 g) sugar
- 4 tsp cornstarch
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) milk
- 2 blocks (250 g each) cream cheese, cubed, softened
Cream Cheese Filling
- 1 1/2 tsp gelatin
- 2 cups (500 ml) cold water
- 1 cup (210 g) sugar
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
- 2 lb (900 g) peaches, pitted and cut into ½-inch (1 cm) wedges
- 1 cup (250 ml) 35% cream
- 2 tbsp sugar
Whipped Cream (optional)
- With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Generously butter a 17 x 12-inch (43 x 30) baking sheet.
- In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Press into the bottom of the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool completely.
Cream Cheese Filling
- In a small pot off the heat, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides of the pot, just until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat. Add the cream cheese and mix until melted and smooth. Return to the heat to completely melt the cheese, if necessary.
- Pour the cheese filling evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatine over 2 tbsp (30 ml) of the water. Let bloom for 5 minutes.
- In a large pot, bring the remaining water, the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla bean and seeds to a boil. Add the peaches and let simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until tender. Strain the peaches over a bowl. Reserve 1 cup (250 ml) of the hot syrup and pour it back into the pot (see note). Add the gelatin to the pot and stir until dissolved. Return the peaches to the pot and gently stir to combine. Set aside to cool.
- With a ladle, arrange the peaches and syrup over the surface of the cheesecake. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- In a bowl, whisk the cream and sugar with an electric beater until firm peaks form. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch (1 cm) round tip.
- When ready to serve, pipe large diagonal lines of whipped cream over the surface of the cake.
Keep the remaining peach syrup to add to a punch, cocktails or fruit salad. It will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator.