cups fine vanilla wafer crumbs
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cupdark rum
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese (light or regular)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
Combine crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar. Blend well with a fork. Stir in
butter. Press evenly into bottom and partway up sides of a 9-inch springform
Separate 3 eggs, placing whites into a clean large bowl
and yolks in a small dish.
Pour orange juice and rum into a heavy bottomed
saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand to soften, about 5 minutes.
Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 2 whole eggs and 3 egg yolks.
constantly over medium low heat until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens a
little. Remove from heat. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
Beating at high
speed, gradually add orange mixture, about ½ cup at a time, until
smooth. Beat in vanilla and nutmeg. Beat remaining egg whites until they hold
Place egg whites on top of cheese mixture. Gently fold
together, until no lumps of egg white remain.
Pour into chilled shell.
Break up cranberry sauce. Dot sauce on surface of cheesecake, then swirl
slightly by drawing knife in gentle circles through the sauce.
until set, at least 4 hours. Cheesecake will keep well for 2 days.