20 Ways To Eat: An Almond #19

Cheesecake. So smooth and sweet and a hundred kinds of delicious. There’s probably just as many flavours that have almonds in it, too, so I tried to pick one that’s a bit off of the beaten Amaretto path.

How does almond-apple sound? Good? Perfect because this one from tasteofhome.com looks fantastic, especially because of the surprise of a raspberry jam layer.

Almond Apple Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 min   Bake Time: 55 min   Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter,cubed
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam

Filling

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan; prick with a fork. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until soft but set. Cool on a wire rack.

Carefully spread jam over crust. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat just until blended. Spread over jam. For topping, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add apples and toss to coat. Spoon over filling. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.

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