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Almond Amaretto Cheesecake with Pecan Crust & Fresh Peach Topping - September 30, 2017 by Luna

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Delicious late summer flavors of nuts and fruit together in one cheesecake.

image of almond amaretto cheesecake with fresh peach slices
almond amaretto cheesecake

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ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 c. pecans

Filling:

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 pkg cream cheese
  • 1 5 to 6 oz. pkg plain yogurt (Greek or Icelandic)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 TBSP amaretto
  • 3 eggs

Topping:

  • Fresh sliced peaches

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Finely chop pecans, preferably in a blender. They should be fine enough that they start clumping together. Press them firmly into the bottom of a springform pan.

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pressing crust into pan

Beat cream cheese and sugar. Beat in yogurt. Add vanilla, almond, and amaretto; mix well. Add eggs one at a time, mixing on low until just blended.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Top with fresh peach slices.

image of a slice of cheesecake topped with fresh peach slices
slice of cheesecake

Notes:

Although I have used fresh peaches here because the peaches were ripe and perfect many fruits would go well with the almond/amaretto/pecan cheesecake: pears, strawberries, blueberries, ect. Or top a slice with a spoonful of fruit jam.

image of cheesecake with strawberry jam
slice of cheesecake with strawberry jam

I use a silicone and ceramic springform pan. Cooking time should be about 5 minutes less for a traditional metal pan, so check it at 45 minutes. Cheesecake is done when the middle is nearly set.

image of removing the sides of the springform pan
opening the pan

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finished cheesecake