Cheesecake 101

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
1 \N Stick very soft margarine
1 teaspoon Almond extract

Mix crumbs, sugar, and cocoa. Work in soft margarine and add almond extract. Press evenly on the bottom and sides of a 9" or 9½" spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Set aside while mixing filling.

Filling: ½ lb. white chocolate OR almond bark coating ¾ c. half and half cream 1 ¼ lbs. cream cheese (at room temperature) ¾ c. sugar 4 eggs 1 ½ tbs. flour 1 tsp. vanilla ½ tsp. orange extract Melt chocolate or almond bark in cream over a low heat. Set aside to cool.

Beat 1 ¼ lbs. cream cheese, gradually adding sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add cooled chocolate/ cream mixture, flour and flavorings and mix well. Pour into crust and bake at 350 degrees about 45 - 50 minutes (sides may form cracks). Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare topping.

Topping: 1 ½ c. sour cream 4 tbs. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Mix well and spread evenly on top of cheesecake. Bake 8-10 minutes more.

Chill several hours. Remove sides of spring form pan and serve. This makes a lovely, smooth cheesecake - perfect for Shavuot! CRUST:

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