cup granulated sugar (for topping)
oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix the vanilla
wafer crumbs, butter and brown sugar until well-blended. Pat
the wafer mixture into the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform
pan. Set aside.
bowl, mix the cream cheese, 1 ½ cups sugar and sour
cream on medium speed until the mixture is smooth. Add the
eggs, heavy cream and orange peel. Beat until all the mixture
is smooth. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the springform
pan. Place the springform pan into a larger pan. Add boiling
water to the larger pan to cover halfway up the sides of the
springform pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until set.
remove the springform pan from the water and let cool at room
temperature for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Remove
the cake from the springform pan. Sprinkle the remaining sugar
on top of the cheesecake. Broil under the broiler until the
sugar melts and browns (be careful not to burn the sugar),
or melt the sugar with a cooking torch.
may be served with fresh or frozen strawberries or blueberries.