Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 10
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---Vanilla Wafer Crust
16 ounces cream cheese softened
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 recipe rich Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs -- (about 30 wafers)
1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation / Directions:

1. Prepare Vanilla Wafer Crust. Beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla and almond extract on medium speed until smooth. 2. Microwave uncovered on medium (50%) 8 to 9 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until hot and thickened. Pour into shell. Refrigerate uncovered 1 hour or until cool. 3. Prepare Chocolate Glaze. Pour over top of cheesecake; garnish with almonds. Refrigerate at least 3 hours until chilled. Immediately refrigerate any remaining cheesecake. VANILLA WAFER CRUST 1. Place margarine in quiche dish, 9 X 1-1/2 inches, or pie plate, 9 X 1-1/4 inches. Microwave uncovered on high 30 to 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in crumbs. 2. Press mixture evenly on bottom and against side of dish. Microwave uncovered 1 minute. RICH CHOCOLATE GLAZE 1. Measure whipping cream in 1-cup measure. Microwave uncovered on high 1 to 2 minutes or until hot (do not boil). 2. Stir in chocolate chips until smooth and thickened; cool. 500-WATT MICROWAVE: YOU MAY NEED TO INCREASE MICROWAVE TIMES.

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