April 11, 2010

"Almond Joy" Cheesecake





Preparation Time: 20 minutes minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes minutes
Other Time: 7 hours minutes
Yield:  Serves 10


Crust:
1 1/4 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned cream of coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping
1/2 cup canned cream of coconut
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Toasted coconut
Sliced almonds

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Make crust: In a bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, almonds and salt with a flexible spatula. Stir in melted butter until dry ingredients are lightly moistened. Press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Wrap outside of pan tightly with two layers of aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Leave foil on.
2. Make filling: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until well combined and light, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl and beat again until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down bowl again. Beat in vanilla, cream of coconut and salt. (Pour remaining cream of coconut into a small bowl, cover it with plastic and refrigerate to use later in topping.) Pour filling onto crust. Transfer springform pan to a roasting pan; fill roasting pan with hot tap water until it reaches 1 inch up sides of springform pan.
3. Bake for 1 hour, until filling is set but still a bit jiggly in center (it will firm up as it cools). Take springform pan out of roasting pan and remove foil. Let cake cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
4. Lightly cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 6 hours.
5. Make topping: Pour cream of coconut and heavy cream into a saucepan and warm over medium-low heat until mixture is just simmering. In a bowl, pour mixture over chocolate and whisk until melted and mixture is smooth. Let it cool. Pour 1/2 cup to 1 cup topping over cheesecake, spreading with an offset spatula. Garnish with toasted coconut and sliced almonds, if desired. Chill until chocolate mixture has set, about 10 minutes. Run a sharp paring knife around inside of pan; release sides. Slice and serve.


CALORIES 677 ; FAT 53g (sat 34g); CHOLESTEROL 142mg; CARBOHYDRATE 49g; SODIUM 470mg; PROTEIN 11g; FIBER 5g


All You, SEPTEMBER 2009 

found on : Myrecipes.com 

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