Orange-Poppy Seed Cheesecake

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 8
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1 1/2 cups grahm cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ginger -- (ground)
6 tablespoons butter -- (or marg., melted)
3 packages cream cheese -- (softened, 8oz)
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 ounce orange extract -- (1 bottle)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ginger -- (ground)

Preparation / Directions:

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and ginger in a small bowl. With a fork, stir in butter until crumble. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of lightly greased 9 inch springform pan. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs, beating after each addition. Beat in sugar. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour cheese mixture into crust. Bake in 325 degree oven for 1 hr. and 15 minutes., or until lightly browned on top and almost set. Cool 1 to 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, remove pan sides from cheesecake. Garnish with whipped cream and orange slices. Cut into wedges.

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