Saturday, September 20, 2008

Amaretto Cheesecake

My cousin sent me this recipe...and who doesn't love cheesecake. YUMMMMMM!!!

Crust:
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup crushed vanilla wafers
1/3 cup melted butter

Filling:
1 ½ tbsp. Unflavoured gelatin
¼ cup water
3 eggs, separated
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 cup warm milk
1 lb cream cheese
¼ tsp almond extract
1/3 cup Amaretto liqueur
2 cups heavy (whipping) cream

Garnish:
Left over whipped cream
3 tbsp. Amaretto
2 tbsp. Icing sugar
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

Mix chopped almonds, crushed vanilla wafers and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 10” springform pan. Put ¼ cup water and gelatin in saucepan. Let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, blend egg yolks and sugar until light. Add warm milk slowly. Dissolve gelatin over stove. Add egg mixture to gelatin. Cook until thick and then cool in the refrigerator. Blend cream cheese, extract and liqueur and add cooled custard mixture. Beat egg whites, adding ¼ cup sugar. Whip cream and add to egg whites. Add 2/3 cups cream and egg white mixture to the cheese and custard mixture. Pour over crumb base in springform pan. Take remaining cream and add 3 tbsp. Amaretto liqueur and 2 tbsp. icing sugar and put on top of cheesecake. Refrigerate. For best results prepare 24 hours in advance of serving.

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