Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 10
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1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter -- softened
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese -- softened
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup amaretto de saronno liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup lightly toasted blanched sliced almonds -- for garnish

Preparation / Directions:

In a bowl, combine chocolate crumbs, 1 cup chopped almonds, 1/3 cup sugar and the softened butter. Pat the mixture onto the bottom and sides of a buttered 9 1/2-inch springform pan. Cream together the softened cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add heavy cream, Amaretto and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until light. Pour batter into chocolate shell and bake at 375ΓΈ F for 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sour cream, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Spread on cheesecake and return to oven to bake for another 5 minutes. Cool on rack completely and chill overnight. Remove the sides of the pan and transfer the cake to a stand or platter. Press toasted almond slices around the top edge.


Nutritional Information:

646 Calories (kcal); 53g Total Fat; (71% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 199mg Cholesterol; 323mg Sodium

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