Cheesecake Topped with Strawberries


A bit of almond accents this luscious cheesecake baked on a nutty crust and beautifully topped with glistening strawberries.

Ingredients

Crust:
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
36 vanilla wafer cookies
1/4 cup whole almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
Filling
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1/2 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
Topping:
1 (16-ounce) box strawberries
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Crust:
In a small saucepan bring butter and honey to a boil. Set aside.

Finely grind vanilla wafers in food processor. Add nuts, salt, melted honey and butter. Process until nuts are finely chopped. Press mixture onto bottom and 1-inch up sides of a 10-inch springform pan.

Bake crust about 12 minutes until golden. Cool on rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

Filling:
Place cream cheese and ricotta cheese in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add honey and sugar. Mix to combine. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in almond extract. Pour filling into cooled crust.

Bake about 1 hour 10 minutes or until golden and center moves only slightly when pan is gently shaken. Transfer to a rack to cool. Refrigerate. Can be prepared 1 day ahead.

Topping:
Trim strawberries and cut into quarters. Drizzle honey over berries. Stir gently.

To serve:
Run a knife around side of pan to loosen. Release sides of pan. Transfer cheesecake to a platter. Top with berries.

Serves: 12


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