this cheesecake is just fine without the fruit but it was baked for a july get together. normally i serve it plain or scatter sliced almonds that i have toasted on the top.
i have a helper. my cook in training, molly the dolly and she is becoming a very good
10 " spring form pan
ingredients for the crust
2 packages of graham crackers
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 sticks of butter, very soft or melted
ingredients for cheesecake (all at room temperature)
5 - 8 ounce cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
ingredients for topping (all at room temperature)
8 ounces sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon almond extract, note it is a TABLESPOON
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
preheat oven to 375degrees F
place the crust ingredients in a food processor and blend. the butter needs to be very soft or melted.
if no processor is available, crush crackers with a rolling pin between 2 sheets of wax paper. place crumbs in a bowl and add sugar and melted butter and blend.
press the crumb on the bottom and sides of the spring form pan
bake crust in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes and cool completely
TURN OVEN OFF
place all the cheese cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer for several minutes till all lumps disappear and it is very creamy. spread evenly
place all topping ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand. carefully spoon over cheesecake mixture
again, gently smooth the topping over the cheesecake mix
place the prepared cheesecake in the cooled oven and set oven for 350 degrees f. bake for approximately 50 minutes. it will still be a bit jiggly when removed from the oven.
bakes and ready to add toasted almonds or be served plain...or decorated for july 4th