Almond Joy Cheesecake

January 31, 2011 by  
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Despite my pleas and prayers for my dear friend Lage to make this for me, we made it together. Typically when I make a cheesecake I let it set over night and slice a small or not so small piece for breakfast. Today was a little different though. I decided to opt out of having some for breakfast and wait until my friends arrived after lunch for the tasting.

I have to say I read the reviews AFTER I made the cheesecake so I was a bit uneasy about not having tried it before my friends showed up. There were some horrible reviews from http://www.epicurious.com/ . Then again there were some wonderful reviews as well. This made me nervous!! I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Friends arrived coffee was made and we let indulgence over take us. I had my fingers crossed…. All was well!

This cheesecake is ginormo! It will feed the multitudes!!

Almond Joy Cheesecake

adapted from Bon Appétit | February 1998

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (about 2 ounces)

1/4 cup Splenda

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Filling

4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup Sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

1 tablespoon coconut extract

1 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/c mini chocolate chips

Glaze

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup whipping cream

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

For crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap outside of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with foil. FInely grind cracker crumbs, coconut, almonds and sugar in processor. Add butter; process until moist crumbs form. Press mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of pan. Bake crust until set and beginning to brown, about 12 minutes. Cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. I forgot to add the almonds to the food processor…:) so after the crust came out of the oven we just sprinkled some on the crust.

For filling: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Mix in coconut and extract . Fold in almonds and mini chocolate chips. Transfer filling to crust. Bake until cake is puffed and no longer moves when pan is shaken, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool completely on rack.

For glaze: Combine 1 cup chocolate chips, cream and vanilla in small saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Cool until glaze begins to thicken but can still be poured, about 30 minutes. Pour glaze over cooled cake; spread evenly. Chill cake overnight.

Run small knife around sides of cake to loosen. Release pan sides

I did use splenda instead of sugar and I added chocolate to the filling.

~ Have a happy mouth!

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  1. Sheri says:

    Thanks for sharing May…it was delish!!!

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