It’sday again! decided we should make some delicious food using cherries and almonds.
Earlier this month I mentioned that J’s cousin’s family came to visit. They had no problem helping J and I taste test this recipe. There were smiles all around!
I kept with something that I know, cheesecake. I used this recipe from my 3 Books in 1 Favorite Desserts Cookbook, as I only had 3 packages of cream cheese. I made this cheesecake a few years ago and my notes indicated it was a keeper.
I experimented with something new. I have never put nuts in my crust. I know Mom has and I have seen recipes doing it, so I tossed some in. A Oreo crust with almonds.
J and I love eating fresh cherries, but I was not prepared to pay $5.99/pound. I had never baked with maraschino cherries before and had some in the pantry. Cherry requirement satisfied.
To add a little more pizzaz I used almond extract (instead of vanilla) and made a drizzle with the maraschino cherry juice.
Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake with Oreo Almond Crust
Preheat oven to 350*.
12 Oreo Cookies – about 1 C crumbs
1/2 C Almonds
2 T Butter
Process all ingredients in the food processor until crumbs form.
Press firmly onto bottom of 9 inch springform pan and set aside.
3 – 8 oz packages Cream Cheese, softened
1 – 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 tsp Almond Extract
1 C Chocolate Chips, melted and slightly cooled
1 – 10 oz jar Maraschino Cherries, drained, patted dry and sliced
Beat cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract until well blended.
Add chocolate; mix well.
Add eggs, one at a time. After each addition mix on low-speed until just blended.
Layer 1/2 cheesecake batter on top of the crust, layer cherries and add remaining cheesecake batter.
Bake for 65-70 minutes or until center is almost set.
Run knife around rim of pant to looses cake; cool completely before removing rim of pan.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Juice from 1 – 10 oz jar Maraschino Cherries
1 T Cornstarch
Mix juice and cornstarch; thicken over medium heat. Cool.
Drizzle over cheesecake when ready to serve.
Chocolate, cherries and a little almond makes for a delicious cheesecake dessert!