Ile de France Roquefort Cheesecake

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20 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
12 oz Roquefort cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
The grated zest from 1 large lemon, about 1 tablespoon**
Juice from 1 large lemon, about 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons**
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Confectioners' sugar, for decorating
1 cup diced pears as a garnish


Use your favorite store-bought premade cheesecake crust.
Tip: If you want to make your own crust, check out the crust on our Goat Cheese Cheesecake Recipe

**Grate the zest from a large lemon and then cut that lemon in half and squeeze the juice out, making sure to strain any seeds.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, using a paddle attachment if you have one, whip Roquefort and the cream cheese until softened, using a spatula to make sure the cream cheese doesn't get stuck inside the paddle. Gradually add the sugar and then the eggs, one at a time, beating well, until the filling is light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. Add the lemon zest and juice, vanilla, and ginger then mix for another minute or two. The mixture should be light, fluffy and fully incorporated. Remove the mixture and gently stir with a spatula to make sure the lemon zest and ginger is fully incorporated and that there isn't any cream cheese sticking to the bottom of the bowl. Place back in the mixer and mix if necessary.

Wrap the bottom of the cake pan in aluminum foil and place on a large baking sheet.

Pour the filling into the chilled crust and bake the cake on the middle shelf for about 55 minutes to 1 hour. The cake is done when it is still soft in the center; when gently jiggled, the cake should move as one.

Let cool at least one hour. Remove the outer ring of the pan and place the cake on a serving plate. Just before serving, sprinkle lightly with sifted confectioners' sugar and surround with the berries.