Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Tart with Roasted Rhubarb

Let’s make cheesecake! In tart form!
I’m a big fan of tarts because they look super elegant and are simple to make. I specifically love a cheesecake in tart form. The towering height of a classic cheesecake (such as this one) is too rich for some people, and a tart scales it down, yielding a thinner layer of cheesecake that’s lighter, yet just as creamy.
This tart, my favorite to date, features three simple components that come together to form a delicious and impressive dessert. The graham cracker crust is simple, updated with nutty browned butter, which adds flavor + crispness. Once the crust’s baked, it’s topped by a lemony, vanilla bean infused cheesecake batter. I prefer a New York style batter, using cream cheese and heavy or sour cream, over an Italian ricotta or regular cream cheese batter. I feel it’s smoother, tastier and a little more luxe.
The finished cheesecake is topped by silky smooth vanilla roasted rhubarb, which is sweet, tart and strikingly pretty. I love the color it lends to this tart, and roasting the rhubarb really draws out its flavors and caramelizes the fruit. Save any roasting liquid from the pan and funnel it into a little mason jar- it’s delicious over pancakes, swirled into plain yogurt, or even in a boozy lemonade!
This tart is a wonderful, seasonal way to celebrate Shavuos. Let me know what you’re making to celebrate in the comments, and I hope you enjoy the video!
Chag Sameach ❤


Watch the video HERE!

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Tart with Roasted Rhubarb

Yield: one 10″ tart

Why I love this recipe: a simple graham cracker crust is upgraded with browned butter, the creamy cheesecake filling is flavored with fresh vanilla bean, and soft, silky, just-sweet-enough roasted rhubarb adds flavor and color to this light, perfect for spring tart.

For the tart crust:

  • 10 graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, browned
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 oz. sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

For the roasted rhubarb: 

  • 12 oz. (340 grams) fresh rhubarb, leaves and stems removed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • split vanilla bean (from the cheesecake filling)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  1. Make crust: put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 10″ inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Stir together all crust ingredients in a bowl and press evenly on bottom and up side of tart pan.
  2. Bake until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes, then cool on a rack to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  3. With an electric mixer whip the cream cheese and sour cream together until light and fluffy.
  4. Whip in the sugar followed by the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla bean seeds and salt. Beat on medium-high speed until light, fluffy, and smooth.
  5. Pour the filling into the cooled tart crust and bake until puffed and set, but still slightly wiggly in the center, 20-25 minutes.
  6. Let the tart cool to room temperature then refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight before serving.
  7. Roast the rhubarb: slice the rhubarb into 2-3 inch lengths. Toss it in a baking dish with the sugar, lemon juice and vanilla bean.
  8. Roast until soft and juicy, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool before arranging on top of the chilled cheesecake tart. Serve.

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Tart with Roasted Rhubarb

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Tart with Roasted Rhubarb

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Tart with Roasted Rhubarb

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Tart with Roasted Rhubarb

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