This cheesecake idea has been bouncing around in my head for a pretty long time. I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted it to look like but knew the flavors of it wouldn't really excite any of the big eaters in my house and so was reluctant to make it until I thought of the cute little 6 inch cheesecake pan in my pantry. And I was pretty sure my neighbor Myma would be happy to see me coming again.☺
I wanted it to be fluffier than a regular cheesecake so I decided to add just the whites of two eggs beaten stiff and folded in. Worked like a charm. It's very fluffy and doesn't seem as heavy. The almond flavor is very nice with the dark sweet cherry sauce.
For the Crust:
¾ cup chocolate graham crackers
1 Tablespoon Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
1½ Tablespoons sugar
2½ Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Mix thoroughly and press in the bottom of a sprayed 6 inch Springform Pan. Bake at 300° for 7 minutes. Allow to cool.
For the Cheesecake:
8 ounces white chocolate, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup sour cream
2 egg whites, beaten stiff
Beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the white chocolate, sour cream, and almond extract. Mix well. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites till stiff peaks form. Fold gently into batter. Pour over cooled crust and bake at 295° for 35-40 minutes or until center is set but still slightly jiggly. Run a sharp knife around the edge immediately after removing from the oven. Allow to cool then refrigerate until fully set before removing from the pan. Garnish as desired and serve with Dark Sweet Cherry Sauce.
Sweet Cherry Sauce
1 lb. cherries,
stems and pits removed
Blend until smooth then press through a sieve to remove the skins.
1 Tablespoon sugar,
or desired amount
1 teaspoon Classic Pectin
Whisk until smooth and serve over individual cheesecake pieces.
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Happy Birthday Mom!
Happy Birthday today (72 years) to my very creative Mother! She taught me so many things and loved me enough to teach me how to work hard and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes from using the gifts God gave me to serve others. She is happiest outside in her flowerbeds, in her kitchen (her food is wonderful!), or when she knows she is making a positive difference in someones life. Unfortunately I did not always realize the blessing and treasure she truly is to me and was not always her friend. It took me moving 400 miles away and having kids of my own to understand her and figure it all out. Now I miss and call her Friend. I would love to be able to simply stop in at the end of a long day to chat and see what they are up to, but 6 hours is a bit long for that sooo... that must be why they made telephones. ☺
Thank you Mom! ♥