Caramel Raisin Cheesecake
2-1/2 cups raisins
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
5/8 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Combine raisins and water in a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let stand for 20 minutes then drain.
Melt the butter or margarine. Combine cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the melted butter or margarine. Press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom of one 9-inch springform pan.
Set aside 1 cup of the raisins for the topping. Sprinkle the remaining raisins evenly over the crust.
In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until light. Gradually beat in the remaining 2/3 cup of sugar. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla. Pour cream cheese mixture over raisins and crust. Bake at 325ºF for 55 minutes. Turn off oven and leave oven door ajar for 1 hour. Remove cake from oven and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. To serve, combine remaining raisins and caramel or butterscotch topping. Spread over the top of the cake.