Thursday, July 8, 2010

Luscious Almond Cheesecake


Well look what we have here!  Another dessert. We have spent so much time and money on gutting and re-doing both bathrooms in our house, that we just eat dessert. 

Truth be told, I could live on dessert. And Mr. Mountain Breaths never turns up his nose to my desserts.


My co-worker's brother lives in New Hampshire, and transported a cheesecake to New York for a recent party. I was thankful there were leftovers, and that I got to try a piece of his cheesecake. Maybe it was because I was at work and was starving, but the cheesecake was fabulous. I requested the recipe, and made it for our July Fourth celebration at our camp. It was a big hit, so I'll happily share the recipe with you.


The recipe comes from Taste of Home. It received a five star review.

Luscious Almond Cheesecake


Ingredients:

1-1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 40 wafers)


3/4 cup finely chopped almonds


1/4 cup sugar


1/3 cup butter, melted




FILLING:


4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened


1-1/4 cups sugar


4 eggs, lightly beaten


1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract


1 teaspoon vanilla extract




TOPPING:


2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream


1/4 cup sugar


1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1/8 cup toasted sliced almonds


Directions


In a bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, almonds and sugar; stir in the butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of an greased 10-in. springform pan; set aside.


In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in extracts. Pour into crust. Place on a baking sheet.


Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 5 minutes (leave oven on). Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spoon around edge of cheesecake; carefully spread over filling. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.


Just before serving, sprinkle with almonds and remove sides of pan.



Thank you for stopping by!!
Debbie

6 comments:

  1. That looks truly luscious, Debbie! I love cheesecake and this recipe sounds fantastic. I'll be saving a copy, thank you ;)

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  2. Cheesecake Factory move on over!! Debbie - it looks simply divine! Love cheesecake, especially different flavors! Yours looks like one I would definitely try..Super photos and post!

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  3. Forgot to mention - Love the new header!!

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  4. I love the new header too! Your cheesecake looks wonderful, I have never tasted an almond one, you know me I always go for something chocolate :)

    Great photos!

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  5. Looks delicious. I use a very similar recipe, but no almond extract.
    Lovely pic! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Looks fabulous! We love cheesecake! and I could definitely live on desserts!

    Your new header is very pretty! Enjoy the weekend, Debbie :)

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