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Very Red Raspberry Cheesecake

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Servings: 10-12
"I make this pretty Very Red Raspberry Cheesecake almost every Valentines Day for my family. Try making it for your family or friends. I bet they will love it, and want you to make it again soon."............Christine Thomas

For the Crust:
2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
3 tbsp. chopped and toasted almonds
4 tbsp. margarine or butter, melted

For the Filling:
(3) 8 oz. packages cream cheese
2/3 cup granulated sugar
5 tbsp. cornstarch
3 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup amaretto (or any liqueur of your choice)
2 tsp. almond extract (vanilla, if not using amaretto)

For the Sauce:
(2) 12 oz. packages frozen raspberries, thawed
5 tbsp. amaretto (optional)
1/3 cup granulated sugar

For the Crust:
In a small bowl, stir together crushed cookies and chopped almonds. Add butter and stir to combine. Press mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan.

For the Filling:
In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar and cornstarch. Beat until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the whole eggs, one at a time, beating well each time. Add the one yolk and beat again. Stir in the whipping cream, amaretto and almond extract. Mix well. Pour mixture into the crust. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 10 minutes; lower temperature to 200 degrees F. and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the center no longer looks shiny. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and run a knife around the inside edge of the pan. Turn the oven off; return the cake to the oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and chill for 3 hours or more.

For the Sauce:
Puree thawed berries in blender, food mill or food processor and strain through a fine sieve over a wide bowl to remove all seeds.

Heat puree with sugar until well mixed. Remove from heat and add liqueur (optional). To serve cheesecake, pour 1/4 cup of sauce on each plate. Place serving of cheesecake on sauce, or place serving of cheesecake on plate, and pour 1/4 cup of sauce over top of each slice.

Garnishing Ideas for Top of Cheesecake:
Use toasted almonds, fresh or frozen raspberries, or white rose petals. Place decoratively on top of cheesecake. Add thin strips of orange peel as garnish, if desired.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Submitted By: Christine Thomas
Date: January 24, 2003


Reviewer: Samantha
This is the best cake any one can ever make

Reviewer: Issa Sobel
Cheesecake is my favorite thing ever and this is by far the best thing i've ever tasted and the best dessert too.


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