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Almond Cheesecake with Sour Cream and Blackberries

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Servings: 8-10
This cheesecake makes a lovely Hanukkah dessert.A super-creamy dessert that will have cheesecake lovers begging for seconds. Most dishes or desserts with cheese in them are very appropriate for Hanukkah!

For Crust:
1 (7-ounce) tube almond paste
6 whole graham crackers (about 3 ounces), broken up
1/2 cup whole almonds (about 2 1/2 ounces), toasted and cooled
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

For Filling:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces, room temperature
3 large eggs
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

For Toppings:
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar

1 pound frozen unsweetened blackberries, thawed, drained with juice reserved
1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

For Crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Set aside 1/2 cup (packed) almond paste for filling. Combine remaining almond paste, graham crackers and almonds in processor and grind finely. Add butter; process until moist crumbs form. Press over bottom and 2 inches up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan. Bake until crust colors, about 10 minutes. Cool.

For Filling:
Wipe out processor. Blend sugar and reserved 1/2 cup almond paste in processor until mixture resembles fine meal, about 1 minute. Add half of cream cheese and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Add remaining cream cheese and process until smooth. Add eggs, cream and almond extract and blend until just combined.

Pour filling into crust. Bake cake until just set in center and beginning to crack at edges, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.

For The Toppings:
Mix sour cream and 1 tablespoon sugar in small bowl; spoon over hot cake. Bake 3 minutes. Chill cake uncovered until cold, about 1 1/2 hours.

Mix remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar and reserved blackberry juice in heavy small saucepan. Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin over. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir mixture over low heat until sugar and gelatin dissolve (do not boil). Pour into medium bowl; mix in berries. Refrigerate blackberry topping until cold and beginning to set, stirring occasionally, about 1 1/2 hours.

Spoon blsckberry topping over chilled cake. Refrigerate until topping is set, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

Makes 8-10 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit, March 1999
Date: November 1, 2002

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