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Citrus Cheesecake

To toast almonds, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup 46g / 1.6ozSlivered almonds - toasted
2 1/2 lbs 1135g / 40ozCream cheese - softened
3 tablespoons 45mlAll-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups 297g / 10ozSugar
  Grated zest of 1 lemon
  Grated zest of 2 oranges
5   Eggs
2   Egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlVanilla extract
  Optional Garnish
1 cup 237mlSour cream
  Thinly-sliced kumquats

Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. Coat the bottom and sides with the toasted almonds.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer at low speed until soft and smooth, about 1 minute. Combine the flour and sugar in another bowl and then add to the beaten cream cheese. Mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the grated citrus zests. Add the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly, frequently scraping down the sides of the bowl, until the batter is perfectly smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, tapping the bottom on a counter four or five times to eliminate air pockets. Place the cake pan inside a large roasting pan and pour in hot tap water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake 1 hour, or until the center feels firm when pressed. Immediately remove the cake pan from the larger pan and set aside to cool on a rack. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or overnight.

To serve, place the pan over a low burner for about 1 minute to melt the butter. Invert onto a plate and then invert again onto a serving platter so the nuts are on the bottom. To garnish, if desired, spread the sour cream evenly over the top and then cover the top with rows of thinly sliced kumquats.

This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings.

TOO HOT TAMALES with Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken - From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # TH-6175 broadcast 03-10-1997) - Downloaded from their Web-Site -


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