Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake

Rich, creamy, and oh-so-seductive, this luxurious cheesecake is sure to impress even the most discerning dinner guests. Hazelnuts, like most other nuts, have a high fat content, making them particularly susceptible to rancidity. Extend their shelf life by storing in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Chill: 4 hrs
  • Cool: 2 hrs

Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For crust, in a small bowl combine the 1 cup ground hazelnuts and melted butter. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the 2/3 cup chopped hazelnuts and the 1/4 cup liqueur. Pour filling over crust, spreading evenly.
  3. Bake about 1 hour or until a 2 1/2-inch area around outside edge appears set and center appears nearly set when gently shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a knife, loosen edge of cheesecake from side of pan; cool for 30 minutes. Remove side of pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack (about 1 1/4 hours). Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
  4. To serve, in a medium bowl combine whipping cream and the 2 tablespoons liqueur. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Top each serving of cheesecake with whipped cream.

From the Test Kitchen

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To toast hazelnuts, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until nuts are light golden brown, stirring once or twice. Wrap warm nuts in a clean kitchen towel. Rub nuts in towel to remove any loose skins; cool.

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